How Knack Works
Design Your Database
Manage Your Records
Build Your Live Application
View and Share Your App
Do More With Knack
Connect Related Data
Users & Access
Calculations & Logic
Emails & Notifications
Search & Queries
Reporting & Dashboards
E-Commerce & Payments
Objects & Connections
Plan Your Connections: Complex Example
Working With Objects
Plan Your Connections: Simple Example
Plan Your Objects
Use Connections in Your App
Connecting Records Together
Connections: Troubleshooting & FAQs
Numeric Equation Functions
Date Equation Settings
Numeric Equation Settings
Text Formula Functions
CSV Format Guide for Importing
Working with Records
Deleting a Page That's Being Linked to
Working with Pages
Navigating the Page Preview
Printing Pages & PDFs
Table Column Settings
Source: Which Records Will the View Display
Using Action Links
Combining Fields from Connected Records in Views
Using Record Rules
Using Display Rules
Using Submit Rules
Users & Logins
Users and the Page Menu
Manage Roles & Permissions
Single Sign-On with Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Custom
Manage User Records
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Live App Security Settings: HIPAA Plans
Live App Security Settings
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How do I cancel my Knack account?
I'm over the storage limit for my account. How do I add more storage or get under the limit?
Need account access or to transfer account access because account owner or colleague left the company
I'm over the record limit for my account. How do I add more records or get under the limit?
Is there an option to pay via invoice, check, wire transfer, or something other than a credit card?
How do I freeze or pause my Knack account?
Where can I find a copy of my receipt or invoice?
How do I add more API calls to my account?
How do I change the favicon for my app?
How do I backup or export my apps and data?
How can I track what users are doing in my app?
How do I remove the "Powered by Knack" logo at the bottom of my app?
How do I give Builder access to a colleague or developer for one of my apps?
How do I white label my app?
How do I copy an app from my account to another account?
How do I show multiple dates on a calendar?
How do I add a logo to my app?
How do I find the most recent date from a connected object?
How do I create a field that always shows today's date?
Can I share or connect data between apps?
How do I create an "If, Then" or conditional equation?
How do I merge my apps, or copy pages, objects, or other app elements between my apps?
The menu isn't showing for my app on mobile devices. How do I fix that?
Is there a way to have new users be automatically logged-in after they register?
How do I bulk upload or import multiple files?
How do I move or copy fields or data from one object to another?
How can I show a customer's payment history if I'm collecting payments through my Knack app and through cash or check?
Is there a way to add a display rule to multiple columns at one time instead of having to update each column individually?
Do I need a separate user role object for my Vendors, Customers, Employees, Contacts, etc?
How can I set up my app so users see only their own data?
Can I combine two date fields into a single date field? For example, combining a start and end date into a single field?
Does Knack offer a service for building apps or have developers I can hire?
How do I bulk upload or import multiple images?
How can I change the color of something in my app?
Is it possible to display more than 100 records at a time on a table, list, or search view?
Can I migrate or transfer data from Zoho, Quickbase, or TrackVia?
Can I add chat or messaging to my app?
Can I sell my Knack apps?
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Can I create invoices and accept payments?
Can I have an app in a language besides English?
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Can I add Google Analytics to my Knack app?
Can I migrate my Access, Filemaker, SQL, or other databases?
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Can I customize the look and feel of my Knack pages?
Can I use a barcode or credit card scanner with Knack?
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How secure is Knack?
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How does Knack work on mobile devices? Is it mobile-friendly? Can users download my apps?
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Storing sensitive data (credit cards, social security numbers, etc.)
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Which browsers do you support?
How do I batch download all of the images and files In my app?
I'm seeing an odd character when importing data. How can I get rid of it?
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How To Guides
Add Functionality to Your Live App
How To Create Discount Codes
Create an Add To Favorites Feature
How to Access Private Records Without a Login
Accept Payments in a Live App
Manage Your Records
Use an Edit Form to Create Records If They Don't Exist
Track Which User Last Updated a Record
Copy a Record Using Record Rules
Track When Records are Created and Updated
Create a Version History for Records
Use Zapier to Insert Connected Records
Work with Connected Records
How to Show Multiple Fields in Your Connection Drop-Down
Showing Parent-Child Records in the Live App
How to Create Dynamic Dropdowns in Forms
Add Read-Only Fields to a Form
How to Change the Layout of Forms
Create a Multi-Part Form
How to Allow Users to Add New Options in Forms
How to Add Instructions to a Form
How to Customize the Text on a Submit Button
How to Automatically Capture a User’s Location on a Form
How to Use URL Variables to Pre-Populate a Form
How to Add a Map to a Details View
How to Add Connection Links to Views
How to Add Inline Editing to a Table
Create a Print-Friendly Invoice Page
How to Click on an Image to Go to Another Page
How to Add Groupings to a Table
Users & Logins
Force Users to Reset Their Passwords
Save a User's Payment Method
Create a Single Login Page for Multiple User Roles
Add Read-Only Access For Users
Show Records Connected To The Logged-in User's Company Or Other Group
Show Records Connected to the Logged-in User
Create an Admin User Role to View All Records
Workflow & Automations
Add a Pipeline to Your App
Create a Registration Form with Limited Availability
Add Stages to Your App
Store Multiple Images or Files for Individual Records
Use Multiple Image Sources for a Single Image Field
Create a Button or Link that Updates a Field to a Custom Value
Notify a User That an Item is Ready for Review
Add Assignments to Your App
Approve New Records Before Displaying Them
Add Notification & Reminder Emails to Your App
Add Status Indicators to Your App
Logic, Equations & Formulas
Start an Auto Increment Field from Any Number
Display a Message When a Deadline is Approaching
Generate Simple Numeric Barcodes Automatically
How to Set a Random ID
Calculate Age in Years from a Birthday
How To Number Line Items
Show Upcoming Birthdays
How to Extract the Start and End Dates from a Date Field
How to Display Multiple Date Formats Using a Single Date Field
Reports, Queries, and Summaries
Build an Inventory Manager App
Build a Quiz App
Build a Warehouse Manager App
Build a Member Directory
Build an Orders App
Build a Map Directory or Store Locator App
Images & Files
Manage Your Account
Manage Your Account
About Knack Accounts
Account Plans and Billing
Managing Your Apps
Managing Your Account Settings
Sharing Apps with Shared Builders
App Settings: Map Provider
Script Attack Protection: Whitelisted Custom Code Elements and Attributes
Script Attack Protection: Protected Areas
Security & Infrastructure
Security Best Practices
Builder Security Settings for All Knack Plans
Builder Two-Factor Authentication
Table of Contents
Updated by Danielle Kellogg
One of Knack's most powerful features is the ability for users to login and view their own private records - not the records of other users.
For example, you may want to have your customers login and see their invoices, or have your employees login to see their jobs for the day.
This article walks through how to enable logged-in users to only see their connected records using the Custom CRM template app.
In order to set up your app to show records connected to the logged in user you will need to have Users enabled in your app.
You can read more on Users and how to enabled them here.
Define Your User Roles
Once you have Users enabled in your app, you can define the types of user roles that will interact with your Live App. The way permissions and access work with Knack is by defining which user roles can access which pages in your app and what views go on each page.
Examples of different types of user roles could be Employees, Managers, Editors, Admins, etc. You can create multiple roles for different needs. For example, an app used in a school may have on for student and one for teacher.
To add a user role click the green "+" button next to the User Roles list in the Schema section of your Builder.
This will prompt you to name your user role, then a new user role will be added to your app. You can add fields to that user role just like any other object.
After you add your user role, you can add a record to start with in the "Records" section of the Builder. Any user records you add will be able to log in to your app on the pages you have allowed.
You can read more on adding and managing user records here.
Connect Users With Records
Now that you have user roles set up, next you can connect your records with your users. For example, projects connected to employees, invoices connected to clients, or orders connected to sales reps.
To connect record to your users, you will need to add a new connection field. In this example we will connect the Contacts object to a Sales Rep user role:
While viewing the object in the Schema section of the Builder click the green "+" button in the Connections right side bar.
This will then open a modal popup where you can select which object or user role to connect with. In this case we are connecting the Contacts object to the Sales Rep user role.
Once you have selected which object to connect with, you will be prompted to define how those objects will connect. In this example, we want each Contact to connect with one Sales Rep and each Sales Rep to connect with many Contacts. This will allow Sales Reps to be assigned multiple Contacts, where each Contact will only have a single Sales Rep assigned to them.
When you are done defining the connection type, click "Add Connection" and this will create a new connection field in your object. Here you can see the Contacts object, now has a "Sales Rep" connection field.
This connection field will appear as a lookup where you can choose which record to connect with. For example. when you edit any of the Client records you can now use the connection field to select a Sales Rep.
Add Login Pages to Your Live App
Now that the objects, user roles and connections are setup, next we need to add a page for your users to login and view their records.
A new login page can be added by clicking the green "+" button on the Pages section of the Builder and then selecting "Login Page" from the options.
This will prompt you to choose who can login to the page, in this case we want to select "limit permissions to a specific user role."
For this example, we are limiting permission to Sales Reps.
Once you have created your new login page, you will be prompted to add a view. When adding a view, you will select the view type, the object that the view will display and what type of records from that object will display.
For this example, we selected a Table view type, which will display Contacts connected to the logged-in Sales Rep.
Next you will be asked if you want to add any additional links to your view, this is not necessary for this example, but you can read more about action links here.
Once you have finished setting up your view, click the "Confirm" button to add the table to the login page. Now you have a view showing records connected to the logged in user.
Login to the Live App & Test
Now that you have set up your login page and view to show records connected to the logged in user, you can confirm it is working correctly by viewing the Live App. To view the Live App click the "Go to Live App" button or the open icon in the top menu.
You can log in with a user record from the user role you used in this example. You should then see the view you added working with the records connected to your user. In this example, you can see all Contacts connected to the logged in Sales Rep, Johnny Gonzalez.
How do I add a login to an existing page?
If you already have a page you want to use to show records connected to the logged in user, you can add a login by selecting the drop down next to the page name. There you can select "Require Login" and you will be prompted to add a login.
You can read more about logins here.
How do I add a view to an existing page?
If you already have login page in your app, you can add a view by selecting the "Add View" button while viewing that page. This will start the view setup process where you can create view that shows records connected to the logged in user.
You can read more about adding and managing views here.
How do I show records connected to the logged in user's group?
It's also possible to connect your users to a company or organization and show records connected to that company. For example, a Teacher may want to login and only see students connected to their Department.