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Learn how to build an app in Noloco around your Xano api
Xano is the No-Code backend that can power and scale any app. Xano comes with everything you need to quickly launch a Backend without worrying about scale.

Overview

If you're storing data in Xano, you can easily connect your Xano workspace(s) to your Noloco apps and allow your team or customers to read, update and create database records in Xano directly from your Noloco app.
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Our Xano connection is coming soon in private beta. If you would like access please contact the Noloco team through the chat or Slack
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Connect your Xano account

To connect your Xano account to Noloco you will need to add a new data source to your app.
Noloco use's Xano's metadata API to sync your database schema and data to Noloco, so we will need some credentials to identify and securely access your workspace
  1. 1.
    Navigate to your Xano Account​
  2. 2.
    Create a new Personal Access Token in Xano. Noloco will need read and write permissions for your data, and at least read permissions on your schema.
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  3. 3.
    Copy the newly created access token and past it into the Access Token box input in Noloco
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  4. 4.
    Choose the Xano workspace that you want to connect from the dropdown
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What happens next?

Noloco will analyse the data in your Xano database base and will automatically create tables and views in your app around your data from Xano.
For example, if you have a table with Properties data in Xano, we'll automatically create a collection list view, record view to edit individual records and a form to add new Properties data. You can then use our App Builder to configure the display, add filters and set user access levels (i.e. which users can see and update what information).

Supported field types

The field types in Xano can be broken down into the types that we fully support, types that we support reading (but not updating) and types we do not support and exclude from syncs.

Fully supported field types

The following field types are fully supported by Noloco, both to display in your app and be updated by it.
Field Type
API Name(s)
Noloco field type
Integer
int
Integer
Decimal
decimal
Decimal
Timestamp (Date and Time)
timestamp
Datetime
Date
date
Date
Email
email
Text (single line)
Enum
enum
Single Option
Enum (list)
enum
Multiple Option
Bool
bool
Booleen / Checkbox
Image
image
File / Attachment
Video
video
File / Attachment
Audio
audio
File / Attachment
Attachment
attachment
File / Attachment
Object
object
These fields are split into many sub-fields
Geo Point
geo_point
Split into 2 fields: Field > lat (Decimal) Field > lnd (Decimal)
Reference to table
int
Linked field (Many to One)
Reference to table (list)
int[]
Linked field (Many to Many)

Field types supported only for reading

These field types will be imported into your Noloco app to be displayed, but cannot be updated by your app.
Field Type
API Name(s)
Noloco field type
Json
json
Text (multi line)

Field types that are not supported

Any types that do not appear in one of the two sections above are not supported by Noloco. These fields will never be imported into your apps. A summary of these fields follows but please note that it may be non-exhaustive if Xano adds new field types in the future.
Field Type
API Name(s)
Geo Multi Point
geo_multipoint
Geo Linestring
geo_linestring
Geo Multilinestring
geo_multilinestring
Geo Polygon
geo_polygon
Geo Multipolygon
geo_multipolygon
In addition, any column that is a list of values that is not an enum , file or foreign key will not be synced.

FAQs

How often does my data get synced?

When your app users update data from Noloco, it will be reflected instantly in your Xano database.
If an update is made to your Xano base directly (e.g. via an automation), the updated data should be reflected in Noloco in less than 2 minutes.

Can I connect multiple Xano workspaces to my one Noloco app?

Yes - you can connect multiple Xano workspaces to the same Noloco app. You can also mix and match with other data sources as well (e.g. Noloco Collections, Google Sheets or Airtable).

Why isn't my Xano base appearing in the dropdown to connect?

This is caused by one of two scenarios:
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    Your workspace is already connected to this app.
  2. 2.
    Noloco doesn't have access to this workspace from your personal access token. To fix this you can check that you have given us the correct Personal Access Token.

Why won't one of my fields sync?

If you have tried doing a manual sync of your Workspace's schema but one of your fields still won't appear in Noloco this can mean one of two things:
  • We don't support that type of field See the section above on which field types are and aren't supported.
  • The name of the field clashes with a previous name of an existing column If you ever renamed a column and now the new field has the same name as that older column we will not be able to sync that field to Noloco until the older, existing field is deleted, or the new field's name is changed (in any way).
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What about the custom functions I've built on the API

Noloco doesn't use your Xano API to interact with the data, so any custom functions you have setup to add additional data to your Xano database or trigger automation based on updates won't be applied. However, if this is the case we would love to talk to you about some potential solutions and to understand how exactly you're using Xano.