This is how ChatGPT explains nuBuilder Forte...

"nuBuilder Forte is an open-source web application that allows users to create and manage databases and applications without extensive coding knowledge. It is often used by individuals or small businesses who require custom database solutions for various purposes, such as managing information, tracking data, and automating workflows.

nuBuilder Forte is particularly appealing to those who want to develop their own applications without having to start from scratch or rely on complex programming. It provides a user-friendly interface for creating forms, managing data, and designing applications using a drag-and-drop approach. This means that people who may not have in-depth programming skills can still create functional database applications tailored to their specific needs."

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Fast Development

Fast Forms and Reports

Rapidly create web-based database applications in a matter of minutes using the tools available for building Fast Forms and Reports.


Use JavaScript and PHP

Customise your applications with JavaScript and PHP events that allow you to manage the user experience and update database records.

Self Contained Environment

All nuBuilder Forte development takes place within the logged-in user interface, eliminating the need for a separate tool to create Forms or Reports. Additionally, all customisations are stored in the database, simplifying backup and restoration processes.


nuBuilder Forte is open-source. This means not only is it free to use but it can be hosted wherever you choose. Many low-code alternatives to nuBuilder Forte require you use their product on their PaaS (Platform as a Service). This means you can never own your software you can only rent it. 


As a low-code tool like nuBuilder Forte, a significant portion of your application can be built without the need for coding. However, many applications may still require some code to validate fields or update other database tables.

Industry Standard Languages

Customising nuBuilder Forte is achieved using well-known languages such as PHP and JavaScript. In contrast, many other Low-code tools often require learning proprietary languages, which can increase the learning curve for developers.

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User Reviews


Excellent software for everyone who wants to create and use a clean and versatile front end application for a database. Easy to install just with file upload, stable, lightweight and intuitive for large parts. However, the documentation (wiki) lacks kind of mid-level information and code examples for those who are neither beginners nor expert. I would highly recommend to register at the forum, because much further information and practical tips are only visible for registered users. All in all, it is a unique and extremly useful application and I'm very happy that I found it! Thanks a lot to the developers for creating, providing and maintaining this awesome application!

- justme636

A very self contained design environment focusing on MySQL this is really an excellent application that is incredibly flexible.

- markb222

I love nuBuilder. It allows you to create online applications very quickly. It includes user management, permission groups, reports and much more. In addition, the functionality can be extended with PHP and JavaScript. With CSS you can also customize the look as it suits you.

- smot777

The best open source tool for creating web based database applications!! Basic knowledge of PHP/MySQL/HMTL is enough to build enterprise level application, btw I am still learning.. I don't know why it has very little recognition in the online community. I hope this doesn't de-motivate the developers..

- sharaq

Excellent elegant simple and powerful - deserves to be a lot more popular than it is. Really very easy to get up and running with fast and powerful web served databases. I recommend the Pro version initially. Which is a very cheap way to get a pre-configured environment up and running ready to start deplying applications.

- lightwave

I did some reviews and tests of available applications to create graphical user interface for my MySQL database - and nuBuilder is really the best one. Just with very basic programming knowledge you can create quickly very nicely looking and 100% reliable cloud databases. There is quite OK documentation for nuBuilder and on top of that there is perfectly working nuBuilder forum where I was always able to get necessary support and receive solutions to all the blocking points I had during development of my application. Now after about one month since I created my databse and which is used in few different locations - I can confirm that it works perfectly with no issues and no errors experienced during usage by different end-users.

- Janusz

The developers of nuBuilder describe it as a low-code system, well suited to 'citizen developers'. This describes me. I am not a full-time programmer but I have often needed to build simple databases for others in the course of my work. For many years, I had used MS-Access for such applications, but these were restricted to single-user or a LAN. The nuBuilder system is the best web-based database that I have found which offers the look, feel and functionality of MS-Access on this different platform. Two features were especially important for me; these are i) tabs on forms and ii) subforms (master:detail constructs) which support a range of object types. Whilst it is possible to develop nuBuilder applications with little or no coding, the open architecture makes it very easy to integrate custom JavaScript and PHP code. The team have thoughtfully provided a suite of functions in both languages to facilitate adding your own code or integrating third-party material. They include functions to help with potentially new concepts such as asynchronous callbacks. The system is very intuitive for those coming to web/cloud-based databases for the first time. There is well-written documentation and a set of short video tutorials. The users on the forum are invariably helpful and generous in providing answers to questions. Very often it is the developers themselves responding. Given that the software is fully open-source as well, I recommend nuBuilder most enthusiastically.

- neilc

Commercial Support

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