Introduction to Components

Learn what components can do and how you can work with them.

When you're designing in Glide, your data is displayed on a Screen with Components on it. Components display and let your users interact with your data in powerful ways.

Some components like Collections show data from multiple rows, while others like Action Row display only a single value.

You can always see which components are visible on a screen in the Components panel on the left in the Layout Editor.

Some screens may limit you from adding new components, but most screens let you add components wherever you like.

You can edit components from the Layout Editor. Click the component you'd like to edit on the left, and configure its settings on the right.

Configuring Components

Some components are very simple, while others are much more complex. Regardless, most components have one or more of the following areas in their settings.

  • Data

  • Design

  • Action

  • Options


Data (sometimes called 'Content' or 'Items Data') is where you configure what the component is displaying. Some components can only display a single value from your data, and others let you show multiple properties.

The configuration for the Collection Component (on the left) can show four columns from your table (right).


Design lets you tweak a component to style it how you like. With components such lists and collections, the settings can be quite extensive. But with simple components like the Text Component, the settings are minimal.

Configuring the design options in the Container Component.


Many Components have the option to add Actions. Sometimes you can add only a single action and sometimes you can add multiple.

The Action settings in the Button Component's configuration panel.


Most components have only two sections: The General tab and the Options tab. Most Components have only Visibility settings in the Options tab, but Collections have many other options.

The Options tab within a component's configuration.

Editing Components


When you delete Components, they don't affect the data in your table. If you accidentally delete a Component, you can hit Command Z (Mac) or Control Z (PC) to bring it back. This also works for many other steps you take as you build your app. Alternatively, you can click the Undo or Redo buttons in the bottom left of your screen.

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