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  • Metabase at scale

    Aug 6, 2020 by The Metabase Team

    Metabase is scalable, battle-hardened software used by tens of thousands of companies to deliver high quality, self-service analytics. It supports high availability via horizontal scaling, and it’s efficient out of the box: a single core machine with 4 gigs of RAM can scale Metabase to...

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  • How to embed Metabase in your app to deliver multi-tenant, self-service analytics

    Aug 4, 2020 by The Metabase Team

    So, you’re considering embedding Metabase in your application to deliver analytics to your customers. How would that work? In this article, we’ll: Start with the target experience for your customers that you’ll deliver. Give a brief tour of the challenges to providing self-service reporting to...

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  • How to use Metabase to deliver analytics to your customers

    Jul 30, 2020 by The Metabase Team

    So you need to provide analytics to your customers. You’d like to put dashboards and charts in your app, make sure nobody can see data that isn’t theirs, and put that in front of your customers or users. These customers may be other businesses like...

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  • SQL Snippets: reuse and share SQL code

    Jul 22, 2020 by The Metabase Team

    SQL Snippets are one of our most anticipated features among our power users. If you’re just tuning in, here’s why: you can now save SQL code as a snippet, and then you or other SQL authors can refer to that snippet in different SQL queries....

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  • Metabase 0.36 is here

    Jul 22, 2020 by The Metabase Team

    Metabase version 0.36 marks another big release from the Metabase team, with help as always from our contributors and the community. If you’re ready to get going, you can start with our upgrade guide, or read on to learn what’s new. New features and improvements...

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  • Custom expressions in the notebook editor

    Jul 16, 2020 by The Metabase Team

    In mathematics, expressions are collections of symbols that together express a value. If you’ve ever worked with spreadsheet software before, expressions are formulas, like =SUM(A1, B1). Custom expressions in Metabase’s notebook editor are powerful tools that can cover the vast majority of analytics use cases...

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  • Fun with Markdown in your dashboards

    Jun 9, 2020 by The Metabase Team

    Building effective dashboards often involves providing context for folks to give them insight into how or why a calculation exists. While precise titles, descriptions, and labeled axes can go a long way toward clarifying your visualizations, Metabase also allows you to add flexible text boxes...

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  • Time series comparisons in version 0.35

    Apr 2, 2020 by The Metabase Team

    In version 0.35 we added a bunch of new functions to the custom column, custom filter, and custom aggregation expression formula editors. These let you do string manipulation on columns, construct filters that use ORs, calculate the share of a portion of your data relative...

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  • Metabase 0.35

    Mar 30, 2020 by The Metabase Team

    Hi, everyone. We hope that all of you are staying healthy and safe. We wanted to let you know that we’ve got another big release for you with a bunch of new features and enhancements that should help make it even easier to ask your...

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  • Metabase 0.34 - Ho Ho Holiday edition

    Dec 19, 2019 by The Metabase Team

    We decided to sneak in a stocking stuffer here towards the end of the year. As always you can read the upgrade guide if you’re ready to get going, but for a bit more on the changes this time around read on below. Showing values...

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  • Upcoming changes to our translations policies

    Nov 21, 2019 by The Metabase Team

    Since we started offering Metabase in different languages over a year ago, translated by the open source community, we have been blown away by the amount of involvement we have seen. Our translation project on POEditor currently has more than 500 contributors(!), and there are...

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  • Metabase 0.33

    Aug 19, 2019 by The Metabase team

    Those of you who have been with us for a while have known that a lot has changed in Metabase over the years. We’ve added collections, new dashboard features, embedding, permissions, and a whole lot more. But one specific piece of Metabase, the query builder,...

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  • Hosted Metabase

    Jul 26, 2019 by The Metabase team

    Since we launched back in 2015, Metabase has been one of the easiest analytics and BI systems to host yourself. We’ve worked hard to make it easy to install, upgrade and maintain. Offering up Metabase as an open source application you host yourself has allowed...

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  • Metabase 0.33 Preview - A query for your thoughts

    Jun 24, 2019 by The Metabase team

    One of our strengths at Metabase has been getting you to a pretty simple chart on your own without having to know (or use) SQL. But simplicity can only take you so far. Every time we’ve added new features to our trusty query builder, it’s...

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  • They grow up so fast

    Apr 23, 2019 by The Metabase team

    TL;DR: Metabase raised a Series-A and now has an Enterprise Edition It’s been just over 3 years since we launched in 2015 with another TL;DR of “Open Source Business Intelligence. Installs in 5 minutes, usable by everyone in your company”. Since then, we’ve been starred...

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  • Metabase 0.32 - Plug in for performance

    Mar 28, 2019 by The Metabase team

    Hello! We’re blogging again so it must be time for a Metabase release. It’s been a while since we’ve seen you all, but that’s because we’ve been down in the basement shoring up some foundational elements of Metabase to make it more reliable and easier...

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  • Metabase 0.31 - Visualize yourself in a new version of Metabase

    Nov 8, 2018 by The Metabase team

    Metabase 0.31 After our big update to collections in 0.30 we wanted to get back to basics (or at least basics for us) and work on improving some of our visualization landscape. What came out of that was a version of Metabase worthy of bumping...

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  • Metabase in French and Norwegian

    Sep 6, 2018 by The Metabase Team

    The translations just keep coming! Metabase is already available in Spanish and Portuguese, and with the release of version 0.30.2 we’re happy to announce that French and Norwegian are available as well! For the French translation, you can join us in thanking users Fabrice Etanchaud,...

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  • Metabase in Portuguese

    Aug 20, 2018 by The Metabase Team

    Earlier this month we announced that Metabase had been translated into Spanish, and also told you about the new way that people in the Metabase community can contribute to translating the product into other languages. Well, the Metabase community is amazing, and we already have...

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  • Metabase en Español

    Aug 9, 2018 by The Metabase Team

    We’ve been so excited to see how far Metabase has spread across the globe, and it’s been very clear for a while now that Metabase has lots of users whose preferred language isn’t English. Last year we announced our intentions to make Metabase translatable, and...

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  • Metabase 0.30 - Room to grow

    Aug 7, 2018 by The Metabase team

    When we first hit the “Open Source” button on Metabase nearly two and a half years ago, few of us on the team could have imagined exactly where this project would go. We figured we’d get some traction with small startups or non-profits and try...

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  • Some things to know before trying out version 0.30

    Jul 12, 2018 by Maz Ameli

    For the past couple of months we’ve been working hard on changes to Metabase that will hopefully make your life much easier, but it also means lots about Metabase has changed. Here are some highlights of what’s different, and some important things you should know...

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  • Metabase v0.29

    May 1, 2018 by Kyle Doherty

    Metabase 0.29 - The Bots of Summer Summer’s peeking its head around the corner, and at least for us here in the Metabase HQ hemisphere, we’re looking out the window wishing we had a few less menial data tasks to do. In pursuit of automating...

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  • Power your Application analytics with Metabase

    Feb 14, 2018 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    TL;DR Embed Metabase dashboards in your application to easily provide analytics to your users and iterate faster. Users expect increasingly sophisticated analytics and reporting as part of any application. Whether you are building a SaaS CRM application, an online video site or a blogging site,...

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  • Metabase v0.28

    Feb 5, 2018 by Kyle Doherty

    How’s 2018 been for you so far? Good we hope. It’s certainly been busy here at the proverbial Meta base, and as such we’ve got either an extremely early Valentine’s Day or an extremely late holiday gift for you. What we know for certain is...

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  • Metabase 0.27

    Nov 28, 2017 by Maz Ameli

    Just in time for the holidays, Metabase 0.27 is here with one much-requested feature, an upgrade to X-rays, and more. At Metabase, nothing puts us in a festive mood quite like conditional alerts and automated machine-learning-based time series insights. Alerts! Alerts are here at last....

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  • Metabase 0.26

    Sep 27, 2017 by Kyle Doherty

    Metabase 0.26 Just like it’s taboo to wear white after Labor Day, it’s also taboo to have Metabase still be at version 0.25 after Labor Day, so we decided we’d better get on that and release a new version. We also made some really cool...

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  • Want to provide a white labelled version of Metabase?

    Aug 21, 2017 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    Since we’ve publicized our contact form, one of the most common requests has been to offer some form of a white labled version of Metabase. We listened and have built a version that we hope lets you combine the power, ease of use and ease...

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  • Help us provide Metabase in your language!

    Aug 17, 2017 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    Overview The Metabase project has a lot of users for whom English is not a first language. There are also a lot more potential users who would be able to use Metabase if it provided an interface in their native language. However, the team has...

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  • We put questions inside your questions

    Jul 27, 2017 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    The Metabase query builder lets you run simple queries on a single table in your database. Within this fundamental idiom, we’ve added the ability to pull in information from tables linked by Foreign Keys, modify the columns, and create new columns based on mathematical expressions....

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  • Metabase 0.25 - Summer shandy

    Jul 24, 2017 by Kyle Doherty

    It’s summer in the Metabase hemisphere, which means we have a crisp and refreshing new release for you. Perfect for porch sitting, firefly catching, and also data analysis because that’s probably what you actually do with Metabase. You can download the latest version here. If...

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  • AWS Startups & Metabase

    Jun 19, 2017 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    If you spend any time reading hacker news, analytics and business intelligence tends to take on very complex overtones. Big Data. Stream Processing. Real Time. Machine Learning to learn your Machine Learning parameters. Meanwhile, everyone else’s engineering blogs are giving you all the details about...

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  • Metabase v0.24 is out

    May 10, 2017 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    This is a particularly big release, as we’ve shipped a number of features the team has been wanting for years. One of Metabase’s primary goals has been to allow people who understand their data, but not necessarily SQL or even how to formulate questions, to...

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  • Metabase v0.23 is out

    Mar 23, 2017 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    Metabase was originally built around collaboration. It came from a need to share common database queries, pass reports around and generally have non-technical members of a team figure out common questions on their own. For the past year or so, we’ve mostly ignored the other...

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  • Bootstrap your Analytics in 1 hour or Less

    Jan 16, 2017 by Tim Abraham

    Data is well understood to be critical to any company’s success. Ironically, many startups tend to shy away from analytics — especially early on. I believe this partially stems from a myth that if you want to have analytics you should carve out around 25%...

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  • Metabase v0.22 is out

    Jan 3, 2017 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    Collections We’ve added a new way to organize your questions. You can now create groups of questions called Collections. You can save questions in a given collection, move them around and archive entire collections once you are done with them. Collection Permissions Once you’ve grouped...

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  • Metabase v0.21 is out

    Dec 5, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    Google Analytics Driver We’re big fans of Google Analytics at Metabase and find that a great many people use it for behavior analytics while using Metabase for analysing their the information in their database. We’ve added a (relatively experimental) driver that allows you to pull...

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  • Announcing the Metabase Network

    Nov 30, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    We're leaving this post up for posterity but note that we no longer offer this service. Tl;DR - If you're a developer, DBA or analyst looking for contract work from our users sign up here. Analytics is complicated. Metabase makes asking questions, setting up dashboards...

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  • Come celebrate the Metabase project turning 1!

    Oct 19, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    Last year on October 21st, we released Metabase into the wild. Since then, we’ve shipped 9 major versions, had 38 contributors, 3.5k stars on github, and over 100k downloads. Companies large and small are using us in 110 countries across the world. The team is...

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  • The Metabase approach to Permissions

    Oct 11, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    In the beginning, all was peace and love. Then the barbarians showed up at the gate So we built a fence But we still want peace and love inside the fence The Metabase project has had an interesting relationship with permissions and access controls. We’ve...

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  • Metabase v0.20 is out

    Oct 11, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    Data access permissions A way to control access to sensitive data has been one of the most requested features since we launched. With 0.20, we’ve taken the first major step in giving you the ability to lock down an instance. We now allow you to...

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  • Metabase v0.19 is out

    Jul 28, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    “So quick bright things come to confusion.” William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream It’s mid-Summer where we are, and if you’re dealing with analytics on a daily basis, confusion is probably the order of the day. In this release, we’ll give you tools to at...

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  • So about those Joins

    Jul 7, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    One of the most common feature requests we get is to “support Joins.” We’ve had a long and semi-sordid relationship with joins in Metabase since the project’s inception. We’ve often alluded to how we think relational data should be used in Metabase in GitHub issues,...

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  • Unfiltered Filter Excitement

    Jun 20, 2016 by Maz Ameli

    One feature we’re especially excited to be including in the latest version of Metabase is dashboard-wide filters. If you’ve been using Metabase since the early days, then you are a cool person who probably knows where to find the best sushi and whatnot. But also,...

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  • Summer's Here - version 0.18 of Metabase is ready!

    Jun 20, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    Summer is here! That means it’s time to break out the sandals, fire up the grill, stock up on sunscreen and upgrade to the latest version of Metabase. In this month’s installment, we bring you lots of features that will make you the star of...

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  • Metabase 0.17 - Just in time for spring cleaning

    May 3, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    If you’ve been spending time using Metabase and are starting to get itchy about doing some house keeping, we have just the thing. Our newest release gives you tools for organizing the reports and questions, as well as reducing the number of situations you need...

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  • Which data warehouse should you use?

    Apr 6, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    When setting up an analytics system for a company or project, there is often the question of where data should live. There is no one-size-fits-all solution here, as your budget, the amount of data you have, and what performance you want will determine the feasible...

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  • Common data model mistakes made by startups

    Apr 1, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    After helping build out a few startup’s analytics stacks, one starts to see some patterns. Sometimes these patterns are happy ones. Just about everyone loves the moment when you go from having no idea what’s going on, to a foggy idea of what happened last...

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  • Metabase 0.16 - A dash of bots

    Mar 29, 2016 by Kyle Doherty

    It’s that time again. In keeping with our commitment to give you new presents once a month, your friendly neighborhood Metabase team is excited to present you with… Fullscreen (and fabulous) dashboards Dashboards have gotten a major overhaul to make them easier to read, better...

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  • Institutional Memory

    Mar 14, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    While a little exaggerated, anyone who’s been involved with analytics in any capacity will have some story that pretty closely matches the above story. While few people talk about it, Institutional Memory, or more typically Institutional Alzheimer’s, is one of the biggest ongoing problems in...

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  • Microservices considered harmful

    Mar 10, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    There’s a lot of hype around microservices, and monolith-bashing seems to be all the rage on HackerNews and Reddit. It’s good to hear DHH bringing some sanity back into the conversation. Large companies often have very good reason to aggressively break up applications into Centi,...

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  • How to use Metabase

    Mar 6, 2016 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    Analytics. Business intelligence. Operational insights. Customer profiling. CRM reporting. At some point all the words blur together and all you’re left with is a kind of rattled hope that if you pay a vendor $Xk/month, they’ll figure out what your CMO wants graphed and leave...

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  • Event Analytics Strategies

    Mar 3, 2016 by Allen Gilliland

    Overview So you want to do event analytics — awesome! This document provides some basic things you should know. There are a few sections to read, as follows: General strategies for implementing event analytics. Describes three high-level options to consider. The anatomy of an event analytics...

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  • A Leap Forward

    Feb 29, 2016 by Sameer al-Sakran

    Continuing Metabase’s proud quadrennial tradition of releasing a version on Feb 29th, we bring you v0.15! In this release, like in our previous releases, we listened to what you, our community, asked for. Multi-series Charting This is the big one in the batch, with over...

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  • Metabase v0.14 is out!

    Jan 28, 2016 by Sameer al-Sakran

    A new version of Metabase is out! See our release notes below. Features / Enhancements Segments - the ability to store and reuse filter definitions Metrics - the ability to store and reuse aggregation definitions Improved support for table namespaces (schemas) in databases that use...

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  • The 2015 Analytics Software Market

    Jan 9, 2016 by Sameer al-Sakran

    The 2015 Analytics Software Market Now that the books have closed on 2015, it’s time to look back and take in some of the changes in the analytics software market. There have been several trends (open source, cloud hosting, SQL on Hadoop) that have continued...

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  • Analytics rumblings in the public markets in 2015

    Jan 3, 2016 by Sameer al-Sakran

    While through Q2, things seemed very rosey in the public markets for most analytics companies, the overall rumblings in the tech market put a damper on valuations to close out 2015. There are a number of management teams that are no doubt glad the year...

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  • How to ruin your life with Data

    Dec 22, 2015 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    After discussing all the ways that data can help your organization make better decisions in our last blog post, The Push and Pull of Analytics, let’s look at the common mistakes in using data that can make you look silly, lose you the respect of...

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  • The Push and Pull of Analytics

    Dec 11, 2015 by Sameer al-Sakran

    Most companies talk a big game about the importance of being data-driven. For companies starting out on their analytics journey, it’s sometimes confusing how this is supposed to work, or how to create a sane plan for rolling out a data-driven culture and the tools...

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  • Metabase v0.13 is out!

    Dec 3, 2015 by Sameer al-Sakran

    Hot off the presses, and just in time for the holidays, version 0.13 of Metabase is ready! The reaction to our initial release surprised and delighted us and we want to let you know we’ve been listening to your feedback and requests. The elves have...

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  • Unveiling Metabase

    Oct 21, 2015 by Sameer Al-Sakran

    TL;DR: Open Source Business Intelligence. Installs in 5 minutes, usable by everyone in your company, download it here. At some point, you get tired of rewriting the same system at every job. You ask around, and it seems like everyone else has written one too....

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