Knack Features

Knack

We help everyday innovators to create custom, no-code apps.

4.39/5 (64 reviews)

Knack Feature Summary

  • Build database apps without I.T.
  • High-quality customer support
  • Mobile friendly Apps
  • Send Custom Emails
  • Equation & formula calculations
  • SEO snapshots for Google indexing
  • Customize with CSS & jQuery
  • Inline editing
  • Data encryption
  • Security & encryption
  • Pivot tables
  • Simple field types
  • Modal popups
  • Responsive design
  • Multi-page forms
  • Field formatting
  • Advanced SSO
  • User access controls
  • Ad hoc query
  • Ad hoc reporting
  • Application integration
  • Secure backup
  • Batch update
  • Calendar management
  • Change management
  • Change tracking
  • Charting
  • Contact database
  • Credit card integration
  • Credit card processing
  • Custom development
  • Custom forms
  • Customizable branding
  • Data filtering
  • Data visualization
  • Digital signature
  • File storage
  • eCommerce integration
  • Email notifications
  • Forms management
  • History tracking
  • Invoices
  • Permission management
  • Purchase orders
  • Real time data
  • Real time reporting
  • Display records with tables & calendars
  • Search functionality
  • Secure data storage
  • SEO friendly
  • Single sign on
  • SSL security
  • Task scheduling
  • Quickstart template library
  • Third party integration
  • SEO friendly
  • Publish apps website
  • Workflow management tools
  • Receipt management
  • Database integration
  • Authentication & security
  • Ratings
  • API
  • Role-based permissions
  • Activity monitoring
  • Custom online databases
  • Custom dashboards
  • Customizable maps
  • Approval process control
  • Graphical data presentation
  • Email reminders
  • Archiving & retention
  • Access control
  • Password management
  • Version management
  • Document management
  • Task management
  • Event tickets
  • Customer portal
  • Geolocation
  • Data migration
  • Data querying

Competitor Feature Comparison

API
Access Control
Active Directory Integration
Activity Tracking
Ad hoc Query
Ad hoc Reporting
Agile Software Development
Application Integration
Applications Management
Approval Process Control
Archiving & Retention
Audit Trail
Auditing
Authentication
Automated Scheduling
Automatic Backup
Batch Processing
Calendar Management
Change Management
Charting
Collaboration Tools
Contact Database
Credit Card Integration
Credit Card Processing
Custom Development
Custom Fields
Custom Forms
Customer Database
Customizable Branding
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Dashboard Creation
Data Filtering
Data Import/Export
Data Migration
Data Visualization
Database Integration
Digital Signature
Document Management
Document Storage
Drag & Drop Interface
Email Invitations & Reminders
Email Notifications
Event Ticketing
Forms Management
Geographic Maps
Geolocation
History Tracking
Invoice Management
Mobile Alerts
Password Management
Permission Management
Purchase Order Management
Ratings & Reviews
Real Time Data
Real Time Reporting
Receipt Management
Records Management
Role-Based Permissions
SEO Management
SSL Security
Search Functionality
Secure Data Storage
Self Service Portal
Single Sign On
Status Reporting
Task Management
Task Scheduling
Template Management
Third Party Integration
Timer
Version Control
Web Forms
Website Integration
Workflow Management
eCommerce Integration
Visit WebsiteCompare App
API
Access Control
Active Directory Integration
Activity Tracking
Ad hoc Query
Ad hoc Reporting
Agile Software Development
Application Integration
Applications Management
Approval Process Control
Archiving & Retention
Audit Trail
Auditing
Authentication
Automated Scheduling
Automatic Backup
Batch Processing
Calendar Management
Change Management
Charting
Collaboration Tools
Contact Database
Credit Card Integration
Credit Card Processing
Custom Development
Custom Fields
Custom Forms
Customer Database
Customizable Branding
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Dashboard Creation
Data Filtering
Data Import/Export
Data Migration
Data Visualization
Database Integration
Digital Signature
Document Management
Document Storage
Drag & Drop Interface
Email Invitations & Reminders
Email Notifications
Event Ticketing
Forms Management
Geographic Maps
Geolocation
History Tracking
Invoice Management
Mobile Alerts
Password Management
Permission Management
Purchase Order Management
Ratings & Reviews
Real Time Data
Real Time Reporting
Receipt Management
Records Management
Role-Based Permissions
SEO Management
SSL Security
Search Functionality
Secure Data Storage
Self Service Portal
Single Sign On
Status Reporting
Task Management
Task Scheduling
Template Management
Third Party Integration
Timer
Version Control
Web Forms
Website Integration
Workflow Management
eCommerce Integration
Visit WebsiteCompare App
API
Access Control
Active Directory Integration
Activity Tracking
Ad hoc Query
Ad hoc Reporting
Agile Software Development
Application Integration
Applications Management
Approval Process Control
Archiving & Retention
Audit Trail
Auditing
Authentication
Automated Scheduling
Automatic Backup
Batch Processing
Calendar Management
Change Management
Charting
Collaboration Tools
Contact Database
Credit Card Integration
Credit Card Processing
Custom Development
Custom Fields
Custom Forms
Customer Database
Customizable Branding
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Dashboard Creation
Data Filtering
Data Import/Export
Data Migration
Data Visualization
Database Integration
Digital Signature
Document Management
Document Storage
Drag & Drop Interface
Email Invitations & Reminders
Email Notifications
Event Ticketing
Forms Management
Geographic Maps
Geolocation
History Tracking
Invoice Management
Mobile Alerts
Password Management
Permission Management
Purchase Order Management
Ratings & Reviews
Real Time Data
Real Time Reporting
Receipt Management
Records Management
Role-Based Permissions
SEO Management
SSL Security
Search Functionality
Secure Data Storage
Self Service Portal
Single Sign On
Status Reporting
Task Management
Task Scheduling
Template Management
Third Party Integration
Timer
Version Control
Web Forms
Website Integration
Workflow Management
eCommerce Integration
Visit WebsiteCompare App

Knack Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Knack's features:

Noel Dillane

Excellent Tool - Highly Functional

2020-04-24

It's an absolutely super tool

Pros

Easy to provide ROLE based access to different inputs, views and reports Super documentation and templates to learn from or get you started Rules to display and update screens/records Easy to add rich functionality to an application Really nice data import tool Single sign on with Google (and others) Excellent support API/Integration using tools like zapier

Cons

Need to know some basic html/css if you want customise the look of your screens No IF THEN logic (probably could use Zapier for this) Nice if users could import data (as opposed to builder) Easier back up tools

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Dagmar Noome

Knack Review

2016-06-28

In addition, I need a system that allows for the implementation of business rules and workflow. Knack is the only system I could find that provides all of this at a very competitive price.

Pros

Database functionality, such as primary and foreign keys that actually work.

Cons

Interface and reports can be more design friendly without having to use CSS or Javascript.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Knack

I think enhancing Reports will add a lot of value.

Source: Capterra
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Michael Gourion

Super User-friendly and Support Team

2020-04-24

Pros

A lot of functionalities and flexibilty to create the workflow.

Cons

The search feature needs to include to filter by roles.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Adam Copenhaver

Sky is the Limit

2019-08-04

From the time we started with knack we had a minimum viable internal product within 90 days and a customer facing web-portal (providing sales, project, and invoice detail) in 180 days.

Pros

Ability to pivot large data-set with simplified permission based views - no incremental expense for additional users / views / roles.

Cons

Support. Our reliance on knack is significant in pre-sale functions and as a result, when it breaks we have always defined the solution (or created the work-around) several days before a knack tech gets around to responding to our requests.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Mo Alem

One of the best options for rapid database centric software development

2020-04-23

I have really enjoyed using Knack and continue to push the organization to build functionality in it.

Pros

It is so easy to set up a relational database as well as a website to access that data. Very easy to learn.

Cons

New features are not added often. Workflow actions are triggered by the page accessing the data and not by the database itself.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Accounting company, 1-10 employees)

Knack is very helpful

2019-12-31

We use knack to store multiple sets of data. It is extremely helpful in tracking donations (and donors), restricted grants (and foundations/organizations who provide grants), and complex volunteer jobs for a non-profit.

Pros

I can also export data in different formats.

Cons

I would much prefer to scroll further down the same page to see data in a long report.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Matthew Whittall

Verified Reviewer

Great software now good for users in Europe.

2016-08-24

I use Knack to build my main business application. The interface and functionality is excellent and I have looked at all the alternatives at length.

Pros

Now that EU servers are available this makes it a great product for users like me who hold client data and need to comply with EU data privacy laws.

Cons

The standard support hours are based on the US working day so that means we in Europe have to wait.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Recommendations to others considering Knack

Test it, buy it.

Source: GetApp
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Bernardo Gaivão

Use carefully, as good as you are

2018-11-21

Pros

Be it just a simple data base, a team management software or something else.

Cons

Its not always great when using outside the US. The smartphone view is close to impossible to work with.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Chris Brown

Easiest platform for developing a customized work system the code-less way

2018-09-26

Knack connects up to so many other 3rd party apps through Zapier that the options are potentially limitless.

Pros

If you do know Javascript, you can customize the workflow and experience even more.

Cons

There are no additional web themes without paying a developer to customize.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Alex Bernier

Flexible, Powerful, Great API, Community Support Lacking

2018-11-01

The other point can be gained by adding better standard features and design features.

Pros

- The API is very easy to use and powerful.

Cons

Sometimes it seems they work on features for a very small niche audience, rather than things that all users can benefit from. (Like drag and drop sorting of records) - Minimal design freedom on the front end - You can make an app that is extremely functional, but there's not a lot of ways to customize the look and feel of that data for the users.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Phil Morenz

Easy way to get mobile access to a cloud database.

2016-06-26

We're a small landscaping company. We use knack so our crews can look up their client calls for the day on the go. We also use it for crew timesheets.

Pros

Great mobile access/interface.

Cons

We wish we had fuller access to the underlying database.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jørgen Fensgård

Reasonably priced and easy to use database software

2016-07-07

Using Knack for making a customized ERP for my business. Used for database, forms, checklists, timesheets, CRM, service dispatch and more.

Pros

Reasonably priced. Good API and intergration with Zapier.

Cons

Could have been better interface for tablets and mobile devices.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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ANDREW CREIGHTON

Knack helps us make chocolate more efficiently

2020-04-23

Our Operators enter production data through the interfaces and we've been able to make the system work well enough that I do not need to enter into the builder to fix data errors.

Pros

The pricing model makes it an easy sell to get started.

Cons

Additionally there are a couple of glitches in the builder interface which are frustrating at times.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Mike Dugas

Verified Reviewer

Super easy and fast

2015-11-13

I was looking for an cloud based application that could allow me to build a database in the cloud and present that data securely to users over the web for viewing and editing.

Pros

Super easy to get going (it is the most intuitive interface). Price by number of apps instead of by user works well with our company.

Cons

You can't adjust the presentation layer (the website) as much as, say, Caspio. You can change some things like colors and basic layout, but most of the CSS is fixed. Their formulas are very weak. They only allow basic functions, especially for manipulating text. For formulas, I found Airtable to be much better.

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Ease of use
Customer support

Time used: Free Trial

Source: GetApp
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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Response from Knack


Hi Mike, thanks for the great review! We take a lot of pride in our support so we always love to hear that it makes a difference. We also have a major formula upgrade coming in the next few weeks!

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Kevin Wright

Useful but full of problems

2018-08-16

Pros

Can achieve a variety of tasks using 3rd party tools. You can embed your app in your website.

Cons

The interface is slow and limited.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Software Advice
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Jonathan Parsons

Verified Reviewer

Amazing support

2017-07-25

Pros

Ease of use and user function to arrange data for customers.

Cons

Could do with a little more customisation to represent data such as tiles and visual tools like a website builder would work great for the visual representation for pages.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: GetApp
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Jonathan Tack

One of a kind

2020-04-24

Outstanding . The customer service team really cares and the product is actively evolving

Pros

There is so much cross talk of data between those who provide it and those who need it that than an online, customizable, easy to implement data management platform is the most optimal solution.

Cons

Not much to NOT like ; as I see it there are features I haven’t figured out how to use yet and things that don’t work because of pure user error.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
( company, 201-500 employees)

Wonderful!

2018-03-01

Pros

Ability to customize databases; real-time updates; many template options to choose from; customer service is excellent.

Cons

I have been very satisfied and think the only confusion I ran into is customized differences between mobile and website versions.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Events Services company, 51-200 employees)

Great database builder

2018-07-12

Pros

The app builder is a great feature of this software.

Cons

The front end could use some updates also and to have access to change the visuals would be nice

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Robert Smith

Best Database Platform Out There

2016-08-04

I began my search for online database platform technology and quickly found Knack among a few other competitors.

Pros

Intuitive design! It just makes sense from the get-go, even if you have little understanding of relational databases, with a bit of light reading of Knack's thorough documentation, it's not difficult to get going.

Cons

Definitely the way the front end views of your database operate in a mobile device.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Knack

You need to have some understanding of relational databases prior to taking on the challenge, unless you are looking for a challenge. If you are not interested in a challenge and need a deliverable met at an affordable price, check out Knack's builder network.

Source: Capterra
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Kevin S. Orbach

One of the Best

2018-12-04

Pros

Other database apps like Access, OpenOffice and even just SQL are not user friendly and the UI is chaotic.

Cons

There's a bit of a learning curve, but I learned it in about a week. Now I've made a CRM/HRM/Project manager all in one with unlimited logins for pennies on the price of a full-suite solution.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jacob Hill

Verified Reviewer

best online database app out there

2015-03-06

I have very happy with the intuitive build interface. One of the biggest reasons I went with Knack was the the pricing structure.

Pros

- pricing model - ease of use - mobile device friendly (no mobile apps needed) - powerful - responsive support team

Cons

- a few, very minor bugs here and there, but let them know what you find and they will fix it - relatively newer company so future is a little unsure (compared to other more established competitors)

Source: GetApp
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Holly Schulz

Verified Reviewer

Just what I needed

2018-04-09

Pros

This is Everything I need from a database & simple interface builder.

Cons

That apps cannot integrate / stay in sync.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: GetApp
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer
Verified Reviewer

The most powerful no/low code database app for non-coders

2018-07-06

Pros

- Zapier integration recently improved, greatly expanding the capabilities of the app - Out of 10-15 database apps I tried, the learning curve was shorter and support documentation was more useful with Knack - Easy to implement and strong user security/user roles implementation - Unlike many business-focused app builders, Knack is designed for many users in structure and in pricing model, so it's the best for customer-facing applications (including ecommerce websites) - Basic subscription plan includes all the features most will need, unlike many apps that pull 1-2 critical features into their mid-tier and enterprise plans.

Cons

Limited options for customization in the dashboard. - Main troubling issue is with how pages and views get created with every menu and link you add..causing a quickly overwhelming page structure and sitemap.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Sunny Yu

for custom app is worth a look

2017-04-15

Very powerful to customize for your specific need It's not that easy to build without strong computer skills I paid for knack to code ours but they no longer do that - they have a list of contractors you can hire to do custom work

Pros

Can be a build a system quite powerful

Cons

Wish would integrate w barcode scanner Need to invest time to really learn the platform

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10

Recommendations to others considering Knack

Be prepared to spend time or $$ to get your app up and running

Source: Capterra
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