Grist is an alternative that aim to dethrone Airtable, and claim to be better than a spreadsheet.

  • Pricing plan starts at USD 8/month. With limited free tier for individuals
  • Grist also has as a free version to self-host, which is called Grist Core

My thoughts

This Grist v. Airtalbe article is not up-to-date, but still represent the general idea of the service provided by Grist.


At the moment (2022-09-06), the free plan of Grist is now limited at 5k records per documents. A record is a row in a table. This limit applies to all rows across all tables in one document. 1

Grist has the widget which can be embedded into a website. Airtable is also available to be integrated into a webpage, but their loading time is much slower. 2

A Grist document can be exported (with all raw data and their relationship) as one .grist file, which is a sqlite database file. It can be read by any software that support sqlite or be imported back to Grist. In the world of spreadsheets, it helps for Grist documents to have a complete, standalone, downloadable, email-able representation.

Widgets in Grist (like dashboards) are exactly what NocoDB, Airtable, Baserow lack.

A column in Grist supports many data types. You can see the thumbnail of an attached image in the cell. 3

The grist-core also inherit the soft limit at ~100k records from its Saas version, that helps things don't get sluggish. That number is based on experience with Grist running with the CPU and memory resources Grist give it in their hosted service. Though, when you self-host, you have an option to increase your server's performance to surpass this limit. 4


  1. cat.tut