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New Feature Alert 🚨Dynamic Filtering for Linked Records in Airtable!

airtable Mar 18, 2024

Today we're delving into an exciting announcement that was sprung on us recently. Yes, we're talking about the dynamic filtering feature now available in linked records natively within Airtable. Let's talk about how this transformational feature considerably benefits your database builds.

What is Dynamic Filtering in Airtable's Linked Records?

In simple terms, dynamic filtering enables you to manipulate your database information more efficiently and accurately. A considerable feature request long in the making, dynamic filtering for linked records revolutionizes how we now engage with our data sets. Not sure what this feature is all about? Stick around. We'll cover all that.

Now with dynamic filtering, you can pinpoint specific records based on preset conditions. Before, you could only set fixed filters, limiting their flexibility across multiple records. With dynamic filters, you add a new level of sophistication to your database build and leverage Artificial Intelligence to present top matches.

It's essential to note, the dynamic filtering feature requires an upgraded teams plan subscription. However, it totally justifies the value with its immense potential.

How to Implement Dynamic Filtering: An Example

The best way to understand this feature is by serving an example. Suppose we want to connect data between countries and cities—quite relatable, isn't it? Below are the steps with the setup.

  1. Creating Base Records: Start by setting up your three tables. Our first table lists out countries—England, France, Germany, and Italy. The second table covers cities linked to each country. Again, nothing peculiar at this stage, but just setting up the base framework.
  2. Linking Records: Connect the two record types–country and city, allowing the country to link to multiple records—since a country can come with more than one city.
  3. Establishing Dynamic Filtering: The final step involves setting up dynamic filtering in the submission table. Here, the city options are dynamically tapered down based on the selected country. It's a powerful feature that ensures relevancy is met across all your user's interactions.

Notable Caveats

While dynamic filtering for linked records has shown powerful potential, there are a couple of limitations worth noting. Currently, this feature isn't available inside forms, whether within the interface or directly in Airtable itself. This could be a setback for some operations but, hopefully, one that will be addressed with forthcoming updates.

It's also recommended to review the official documentation from Airtable. It'll help you gain more insights into the dynamic filtering nuances, notably cross-field type comparison and single and multi-select fields' compatibility with dynamic filters.


In summary, the introduction of dynamic filtering in Airtable opens new doors to database efficiency and accuracy. If you're looking to transform your database builds, dynamic filtering is an excellent way to begin. However, should you find yourself stuck or facing any queries, help is always at hand. Simply reach out—a world of seamless data management awaits!

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