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What is Grist?

Grist combines the capabilities of spreadsheets, databases and app builders. Using a familiar spreadsheet interface, information can be organized as a relational database, and dashboards built using drag-and-drop. Solving spreadsheet problemsEnsures data is well-structured and stored in one place…

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What is Grist?

Grist combines the capabilities of spreadsheets, databases and app builders. Using a familiar spreadsheet interface, information can be organized as a relational database, and dashboards built using drag-and-drop.

Solving spreadsheet problems
Ensures data is well-structured and stored in one place with no duplication, no spreadsheet-wrangling, no merging documents.

Collaboration on sensitive data
Data is protected with custom access rules that control permissions down to the cell, so that everyone can work from the same data without compromising privacy or stability.

Grist Features

  • Supported: Real time collaboration
  • Supported: Survey & form builder
  • Supported: Python formulas
  • Supported: Charts & visualizations
  • Supported: AI Formula Assistant
  • Supported: Webhooks
  • Supported: REST API
  • Supported: Automatic backups
  • Supported: Self-hosting
  • Supported: Granular access controls
  • Supported: No-code dashboards
  • Supported: Multi-language UI

Grist Screenshots

Screenshot of the drag and drop dashboard editor used to build layouts.Screenshot of the custom user permissions that determine who can see what, down to each column and row.Screenshot of dynamic charts and reports that update with the click of a mouse.Screenshot of Grist's formula support for Excel-like functions or Python formulas. Technical users can drill into database structure in code view.

Grist Video

What is Grist? This video shows how Grist takes the best parts of spreadsheets, databases and app builders to make the most of data.

Grist Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo
Supported LanguagesEnglish, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish
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Grist has proven to be a valuable tool for users looking to simplify data analysis and organize information from spreadsheets. Users appreciate the ready-made templates offered by Grist, particularly for standard use cases such as CRM, which streamlines the tracking of important business data. The ability to do split views within one screen and build real-time updating dashboards has been a game-changer for users, making data visualization much easier compared to other tools like Google Sheets. Additionally, Grist's performance when handling large amounts of data has received positive feedback, as it is crucial for effective data management. Users find that Grist takes spreadsheets a step further without being overly complicated or expensive to create daily use tools. In fact, some users believe that Grist has the potential to rival Power BI. The product's well-designed interface and its ability to solve real issues with data management and reporting have also been widely praised. Beyond business applications, users have found value in using Grist to track personal information such as mood and health, showcasing its versatility. Some even leverage Grist to build customized CRM and billing systems. Overall, Grist offers a comprehensive solution for heavy Excel users looking to enhance their daily tasks and streamline data management processes.


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Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
We built a CRM and billing system.
  • Provides amazing customer service, help, examples, and explains what they are having you do
  • The layout is easy
  • Would like the option to have a balance total at the bottom of spreadsheets
  • An easier way to calculate rows, like in Excel, for billing
We came to Grist from Grist is a clean layout and not cluttered. The ease of use is great and it's to the point. There are some areas that are not right out of the box easy to use, such as their formulas and python coding. However, they will help you achieve what you need. Amazing customer service. They not only showed me an example of what I was looking for but explained step by step how to get there. Which in return teaches me about their software. You will need some patience for this is not a quick and go type of spreadsheet software. But no worries, it can get the job done. Thank you, Grist :)
  • Customer service
  • Providing samples and not just telling us
  • They make an effort to help you achieve what you need
  • Great one
Grist is easier to use, faster, and loads quicker with heavy data.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
I am using it in the place where I'd use a comprehensive spreadsheet or database. Generally, it's used by myself only, however, another staff member will use it to check data. It's helping me have the data in small enough sets using the widgets, but also having it all linked in the tables so that I can see or find any info that is needed quickly. In the past, finding and storing this info has been challenging, but has been made simple with Grist. I also use it on a personal level to track mood/health as this impacts on my day to day work also.
  • Linked data tables so you can use the info in whatever way you'd like
  • Ability to use python to create formulas that get what you need - And support for using python in the user support forum
  • Widgets and new pages can help you display the info however it is needed
  • Making the user permissions more obvious on how to use them - They are highly adaptable, but hard to understand how to use them
  • Small changes such as auto colouring the choices/toggles options and being able to edit them once set.
  • Being able to copy the formatting from one column to the next
This is well suited to someone (or a team) who are technically minded and have a dataset that they need to be able to use in many ways. It's less appropriate for a team who isn't technically minded and/or don't have the data they need to manipulate. It would be useful for things that you could use a database or spreadsheet for such as CRM, Advertising database, Business tracking, Health tracking etc.
  • Ability to use data across different widgets to manipulate it to easily see (and enter) the data I need to work with often, but still have all the other data there.
  • Have the different options for the column types such as number, text, choices, link etc.
  • Being online means I can use it wherever I am.
  • It's saved a lot of time in both creating an advertising database and managing it week to week effectively. I had previously created in others that haven't worked, and this does, saving me a good 1 hour weekly, and 5 hours or more each time I had problems with the last ones
  • Being able to stay on track with this has meant I'm following up at the right time (advertisers) and keeping a professional manner and not losing business due to missed communication
  • Saving me $ from buying a program like Access (or Airtable monthly) and then the learning curve that that has. This has a much easier learning curve to say the least.
I still have subscriptions to both of the above and use them sporadically. Infinity is less user friendly in terms of copying data and moving around the tables, entering data using the keyboard only as I tend to do on a spreadsheet. For this reason, I tended to move across to Stackby prior to using Grist instead of using Infinity. Stackby works well, and has some features that are better than Grist (Predominantly the powerups that I use, and integrations that I don't). However, Grist is still a level above in manipulation of data using python (or Excel functions too), the ability to use widgets and the table duplicated in a seperate page.
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