Create a custom directory app in minutes

Use Budibase to create powerful, secure directory apps, with clean UIs, advanced functionality, and complete customization.

100% customizable

Build deployable directories, with custom design and functionality.

Access information on the go

Budibase tools work perfectly on all kinds of devices.

Choose your hosting

Deploy to your own infrastructure or choose Budibase Cloud.

Set permissions

Create public or private directories, with custom permission tiers.

What is a directory app?

Directory apps are used to store, manage, and share information and contact details for different individuals and companies. Businesses use directories to provide accessible, up-to-date records of their employees, suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders. Most directories are stand-alone tools, for users to look up, add, or update information. Others integrate with external tools, to provide a streamlined, efficient way to gather, manage, and access existing data. Use Budibase to build tools for fast, information access, saving time and money.

Why do you need a dedicated directory?

Businesses waste huge amounts of time and money sharing basic information among colleagues, customers, and partners. Quick calls, emails, and time spent searching through spreadsheets quickly add up to massive hidden costs. Directories put the information users need, right at their fingertips. Empower your team to quickly locate crucial data, without wasting coworkers’ time. Building a dedicated directory tool ensures that your data is consistent, accurate, and up-to-date. Give your team an intuitive interface to update and collect information, without the need for specialist database skills.

Build a directory in 4 steps


1. Prepare your data

Connect to existing datasets or use our built-in database.


2. Design beautiful screens

Use our intuitive design tools to create professional UIs in minutes.


3. Automate workflows

Create custom automation rules, in just a few clicks.


4. Deploy and scale

Self-host or choose Budibase Cloud to deploy your apps.

Create powerful directories with Budibase

Create custom directory apps in under five minutes, without compromising on functionality. Say goodbye to repetitive, expensive app development.

Real single page apps

Create intuitive, performant, single page apps, in minutes.

Custom RBAC

Use custom RBAC to control how different users interact with your apps.


Display, hide or update any component with custom conditionality rules.

Low-code design tools

Our platform offers powerful yet simple design tools.

Accessible components

Budibase app components are thoroughly tested for key accessibility standards.

Mobile-friendly apps

Budibase tools work seamlessly on desktop, mobile, or tablet devices.

Automated workflows

Eliminate manual admin tasks with custom automation rules.

Free SSO

Use single sign-on across all of your Budibase tools.

Search & filtering

Create simple search forms or use dynamic filters to find specific information in seconds.


Connect to external apps, using Zapier, Webhooks, and more.

Deploy your directory app

Choose the perfect hosting and deployment options for your specific needs. With self-hosting and cloud deployments, Budibase is the smart choice for building all kinds of web applications and internal tools.

Customizable directory templates

Check out our range of ready-made directories. Choose one of our free templates as a deployable app, or as a starting point for your own custom solution.

Directories that perfectly integrate and improve operations

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Fast, cost-effective developments

We’re changing the equation when it comes to sourcing custom tools. Gone are the days of time-consuming, costly custom builds. With Budibase, you can build and deploy directory apps, in as little as five minutes.

Automate admin tasks

Streamline communications

Instant information sharing

Intuitive UIs

Built-in form builder

Custom RBAC

Don’t settle for subpar solutions. At Budibase, we empower our users to build the perfect tools for their needs, with minimal coding.

Directory app use-cases

Tailor your directories to your exact information management requirements. Control which users can access and edit entries, for maximum security and usability.

Membership directories

Create closed platforms to share information between partners, stakeholders, and more. Allow users to access key information about other members, or update and maintain their own entries.

Public directories

Store, manage, and present publicly accessible information, with an intuitive, functional directory. Share limited information with public users, while restricting sensitive data and editing permissions to your internal users.

Internal directories

Build internal directories to manage and share information within large organizations. Give your employees an intuitive tool to find, contact, and collaborate with colleagues, wherever they are.


Budibase is the fast and effective way to build cutom directories. Here’s everything you need to know about our innovative low-code platform.

What is a directory app?

Directory apps are used to store, manage, and share important information and contact details of different individuals and companies. For example, businesses often need a central record of their employees, suppliers, customers, or other stakeholders. Alternatively, industry associations or local business groups might need a directory for their members or other companies in their area. The goal is to ensure that sharing and accessing information is as quick and easy as possible.

Why build a low-code directory?

Low-code development completely shifted the equation when it comes to building custom tools. Gone are the days of time-consuming, costly custom builds. With Budibase, you can build and deploy directory apps, in minutes. Our low-code platform is the smart choice for building feature-packed apps that deliver return on investment. Don’t settle for subpar solutions. At Budibase, we empower our users to build the perfect tools for their needs, with minimal coding skills.

How secure is Budibase?

Budibase is built for security. With custom RBAC, free SSO, and self-hosting, businesses of all sizes choose our tools to protect their data. Create public and private screens, or use conditionality rules to control which users can access different elements of your directory. Secure your Budibase apps with a range of authentication standards, including OAuth and OpenID.

Can I host Budibase tools on my own infrastructure?

Our users have total control over how they deploy and host their tools. Deploy Budibase apps to your own infrastructure using Kubernetes, Docker, or Digital Ocean. Businesses around the world choose self-hosting for maximum security, flexibility, and customization. We also offer our own cloud-based deployment platform. Budibase Cloud is the perfect choice for reliability, convenience, and simplicity. Build your perfect app, and deploy it to the cloud in just a few clicks.

What kind of tools can I build?

Budibase users constantly amaze us with the innovative tools they build using our platform. With autogenerated screens, external data support, third-party integrations, and more, Budibase is the perfect solution for building all kinds of CRUD apps. Build a directory app to manage information on clients, colleagues, employees, vendors, and stakeholders of all kinds. Check out our range of free app templates to see what Budibase can do.

How quickly can I build a directory app with Budibase?

Choose Budibase to build for unrivaled functionality, build times, and development experiences. Simply connect your data, autogenerate app screens, and configure automations, with no need for custom code. Say goodbye to laborious custom developments. With Budibase, building a deployment-ready custom directory app takes minutes, not months. We’re changing the way businesses build custom tools. Sign up and start using Budibase today .

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