In 2022, low-code and no-code platforms are still on the rise. More and more app development platforms tailored to fit various users’ needs enter the market. There are website builders, web app builders, mobile app builders, backend development platforms, internal tool builders, and more.
We’re going to review 2 popular internal tools builders: Retool and UI Bakery.
We’ll cover each platform separately, define their differences and similarities. Looking for a perfect internal tools builder for your business? Read on!
Retool is a low-code internal tools building platform. It’s meant to help enterprises, SMBs, and startups automate their operations. Though the platform is industry agnostic, it suits different company profiles, as big organizations usually must process a lot of data.
In Retool, you can create an internal tool in 4 steps:
The components you can use to build your internal tool in Retool are:
Retool offers about 40 built-in templates to not start from scratch. You can drag and drop any building block to your app, and connect it to almost anything with REST, GraphQL, gRPC API; databases like MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Google Sheets; APIs like Twilio, Stripe, Jira, Slack, and more.
For additional data security, you can download Retool and host it behind your own firewall.
Let’s review the pricing options implying you’re using the Retool’s domain to host your internal tool.
Includes: connecting to data sources (except Salesforce), app editing and using (up to 5 users in total), adding queries. End-user mode is available, however, all users have an admin role so they all can edit apps and manage users. This means that any user can theoretically modify and break your app or access DB credentials.
This plan allows adding more than 5 users, but you will need to pay for every user seat. As in a Free plan, there’s no use-only role, so any user can break your app. The additional features are environments and version history.
Granular access controls are included in this option. You can finally assign use-only roles and create permission groups. Also, you can monitor the important activities and actions with audit logs. Besides, on this plan you can use modules which are groups of reusable components and queries.
Using Docker, you can install Retool to your server and have full control over your data. SSO is available through Okta, SAML, etc. You can also control your internal tool versions using Git repository. Priority support is guaranteed, and moreover, you get the right to request a custom data source connector.
UI Bakery is a platform for building internal tools using a visual designer and low-code approach on top of existing data sources. UI Bakery empowers developers with efficiency and helps to save a lot of development time by automating repetitive tasks.
UI Bakery offers the following key features:
With UI Bakery, you have no need to:
Since UI Bakery is low-code (not no-code), you need to have basic software development understanding (how to make requests to servers, operate with variables, etc.). UI Bakery is more suitable for use by backend developers, database architects, and data engineers.
You can build your internal tool in UI Bakery in 4 steps:
Components you can operate with in UI Bakery:
Firstly, it's important to mention that UI Bakery has amazing tech support that simplifies onboarding and makes it easier to start with the platform.
Now, let’s review all the pricing options.
It's a forever free plan allowing you to build a multi-page application in the app development mode. You can connect as many data sources as you need and use actions to send queries to your database.
In this plan, you get the ability to invite as many end-users as you want to the app that you’ve built. There’s no per-user fee and these users will not have access to the app building mode, hence will not be able to break your app. This plan also includes access to the Workflow automations feature.
This plan is suitable for small teams that are scaling. You can build 3 apps for your unlimited end users (with unlimited pages). You have 3 workspace users, meaning you can add 3 developers to the platform. Moreover, this plan comes with version control and custom components.
Team plan comes into play when you need to build lots of apps using UI Bakery and have no limitations to their number. Your included workspace user quota is 10, but you can buy additional ones for $19/month. Additionally, you get access to app and data-source environments and audit logs. Besides, you can create custom roles for your workspace users, which can be either developers of your apps or, for instance, managers that need restricted access to some specific apps or pages.
This plan is mainly used when you need to self-host UI Bakery in your own dedicated environment. However, UI Bakery can do that for you using their managed service offering. In case you self-host the product, you get full control over your data, can use the custom domain, white-label the app, integrate with SSO providers, and so on. A dedicated support engineer will support you at every step of the app development process.
Obviously, Retool and UI Bakery are very much alike in the set of features they offer for building your internal tool. But what about their differences?
Key differences Retool vs UI Bakery:
If you still need some help to make a choice, don’t hesitate to schedule a call to see how UI Bakery works.