https://dbfront.com/ is a standalone tool that focuses on managing the "data" of a database.


  • As a Software Vendor Administrator, I need to make changes to data in a way that is not yet possible in the software application.
  • (For example, someone adds in "BonusField" in the database, but haven't made any changes to the custom software frontend, but would show in the separate software that I'm looking for)
  • Technically illiterate users might function as the Vendor Admin.
  • I don't need/want any RDBMS maintenance or admin tools, only "Data Management". The software I am looking for SHOULD NOT have schema editing tools.
  • I have a database has a clear schema with primary keys, foreign keys, constraints, tables, and fields. DBFront proves that database metadata can be read to dynamically build a User Interface.
  • For foreign keys, I don't want to have to manually type in ForeignKey IDs. There should be a User Interface element which makes this more convenient to lookup.
  • I should be able to easily navigate through entities exploring data.
  • SQL Querying would be a bonus, what's most important is CRUD - Listing, Editing Details, inserting new records, and deleting.
  • It should look modern, not dated.
  • Ideally, it should support postgreSQL, but that's not essential. I'm happy to start new projects with another RDBMS if an option is compelling enough. (So far this is only DbFront)
  • It SHOULD NOT be software for generating code to deploy, it SHOULD be software that is configured by the database metadata during runtime. Minimal user configuration is tolerable.
  • It MAY use a Grid to show rows, and allow direct editing
  • It MAY show "Details" view of a record for editing
  • It MAY be a web application that can be hosted alongside the primary custom developed software.
  • Ideally it was have extensible support for File uploads. This might mean storing in a blob column in the database, but it would ideally save to a separate web-api endpoint which returns a reference (ID or URL) to store in a database field.

It's very difficult to Google Search for solutions to this. Usually the results are dominated by RDBMS management tools (such as pgAdmin).

  • Postgrest is an interesting tool for building an API directly from a database, but doesn't include a GUI. – Todd Sep 15 '18 at 11:33
  • xlinesoft.com/phprunner - might be close, but it's quite dated in how it looks, and I have never used it (I'm not sure if it meets my criteria) – Todd Sep 15 '18 at 11:33
  • As the developer behind dbFront, is there a specific reason you are looking for another option? – AnthonyVO Jun 3 '19 at 17:17
  • @AnthonyVO See OP for list of "Requirements". From memory, dbFront doesn't meet most of my needs. – Todd Jun 8 '19 at 14:46
  • Of the requirements listed, the only fully missing item is Grid editing. PostGreSQL was listed as optional, and File Uploads are supported using the DB's Blob or VarBinary fields. – AnthonyVO Jun 8 '19 at 22:39

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