nuBuilder is the world's easiest builder for - Database Applications

Fast development

Fast Forms and Reports

Create web-based database applications in minutes

with tools to build 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

nuBuilder Forte is a self contained application builder that both users and developers can be logged into at the same time. All nuBuilder Forte development is done as a logged in user. There is no separate tool needed to create Forms or Reports and all customisation is stored in the database making it easy to back up and restore..


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.


A low-code tool like nuBuilder Forte means that a large part of your application can be created without writing any code, although most applications still require some code to validate fields or to update other tables in the database.

Industry Standard Languages

Customising nuBuilder Forte can be done using PHP and Javascript. Many Low-code tools require learning new propriety languages which further increase the learning curve for developers.

Commercial support


An Application Developed


Personal Tuition (over zoom) - for developers who don't like video tutorials or wikis.

$50/Hour (AUD)

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 dont 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 quicly very nicely looking and 100% reliable cloud databeses. 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