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What is a Database?

Juan May 12, 2023

Databases are a core feature in Notion that help you manage and organize your pages. Let’s explain what they are and how they can help you level up your workspace 🗄

Databases are collections of pages

Think of Notion databases as filing cabinets or notebooks. Each database serves as a container, letting you easily organize multiple Notion pages in a single structure. In the screenshot below, every row of the table is a page within the database “Roadmap.”

Database

This gives you a birds’ eye view of an entire collection of pages at once. When you need to dive deeper, each page in a database can be opened, revealing its detailed contents.

Databases are pages themselves

But wait – each database is also a page itself! This is powerful, because it allows you to move and nest databases alongside other content, just like any other page.

Databases have properties

To help you organize all of the pages within a database, properties can be added to contextualize, label, and augment each individual item.

You can then search, filter, and sort by these property values.

Sort

Database views display the same content in different ways

Databases in Notion are not static. The set of pages within each database can be displayed in many different forms, or what we call views.

In addition to table view, the contents of a database can be visualized as a list, board, calendar, gallery, or timeline – whatever makes the information the most useful.

Switch between views