Full-fledged SQL database on your Mac!

General DB is great for recording information quickly and flexibly into a modern, full-fledged database.

General DB lets you edit data in your database as if it were a spreadsheet, and you can open multiple databases at once and copy-and-paste data or drag-and-drop tables between them.

Some valuable features:

Open Multiple Database Windows:
For dragging and dropping tables, or copying and pasting rows

Lets you edit individual cells, or copy and paste selected cells to another app

Easily Create SQL Views:
For displaying only some of the fields of a table, or reordering the fields, or filtering out some of its rows

Print Labels:
Good for postcards, stickers, envelopes, and forms

Copy and Paste Rows:
Copy and paste selected rows or cells to another database or app. Drag and drop tables between databases.

Import and Export Rows:
From CSV, tab-delimited, or pipe-delimited files

SQL Console:
Execute SQL and make favorites

Designed for both casual users and power users, General DB can be used as a replacement for some spreadsheet tasks, or as a staging system for larger database systems, or for publishing data sets to iOS devices using the Private DB app, or for many other tasks.

Some example uses:

Say you have a bottle collection, and you want to keep up with what you have. You could make a table with these fields: Date Acquired, Bottle Type, Bottle Origin, Shape, Notes. Then whenever you add a new bottle to your collection, you can add a row to the table describing it.

If you want to track visits to different vacation sites, you can make a table with fields for the Date Visited, Location, Description, and Attraction. As you visit the sites, you can add corresponding rows to your table.

After you add rows to your tables, they will be:
* Searchable
* Sortable
* Selectable

Many apps are too specific to a subject, but General DB is flexible enough to handle many, many needs, such as:
- Inventories
- Customer info
- Membership lists
- Tracking Logs
- Accounts
- and many more !

No database knowledge is required to use this app, but you will pick some up as you go!

Distribute databases to either General DB for the iPhone and iPad, or the free Private DB!

For power users:

General DB allows easy data entry into a full-fledged SQLite database. To do so, it enhances it with field formats.

The field formats allowed are Text, Number, Date, Time, Duration, Location, Photo, Barcode, Raw, Picker, and Lookup Table. There are convenient buttons next to some fields for easier input.

For administrators or IT manager, you can create a master database of reference information that you don't want your users to modify. This master database can be published on the internet and either the Private DB app or General DB can download and view it.

Some more powerful features:
- Import text files into tables
- Execute SQL
- Custom picker field formats to select values from a list
- SQL templates for tables
- Add SQL statements to your Favorites
- See and execute past SQL in the History
- Create views as JOINs of 2 or more tables for relational capabilities
- Export selected rows from your tables to a file
- Create databases
- And much more!

What’s New

Version 5.12

- Getting Started window appears on first launch
- Regular expressions in SQL, such as:
SELECT * FROM Maintenance WHERE Description REGEXP '^Fixed'
- SQLite 3.36.0

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

hfgdallas ,

General DB

This product was convenient to use before updates changed that by making it very inconvenient for me to scroll around the data.

nwMarco ,

Efficient and Powerful

I needed a Mac database to perform simple searches on a 1.5M record file (usually done with Access on Windows). General DB did the trick, and sooo much quicker than Access. Support questions sent to the developer were answered quickly. 5 stars!

Terrible DB ,

Worse Database I've ever used

Not simple...or "Efficient"...manual makes no sense! Impossible to print data properly...doesn't explain
how to set margins, sizes, columns, etc. Created for db designers maybe? But not for the average user. I've worked with Mac db's for years but this
is a waste of money!!! Actually not worth any Stars!!!!!

Developer Response ,

Hello, if you would fill out the Support form on our website we could help with any questions you may have. There is a free trial version available there too, so you can try it before you buy.

App Privacy

The developer, Portable Databases, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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