Metabase vs. Superset
Which is right for my team?

Metabase is the easy-to-use business intelligence tool with the friendly UX that lets everyone in your team to work with data.

Trusted by over 60,000 companies

What's the difference between Metabase and Superset?

TL;DR Superset has a lot of advanced data analysis functionality and a really broad range of complex visualization options. However, it requires a good amount of technical expertise and resources to deploy and manage. Metabase can be installed and maintained without any technical skills, and lets everyone query and learn from data.

What makes Metabase a good choice compared to Superset?

  • Easy for everyone to use. With intuitive tools like interactive dashboards with quick drill-through analyses, the query builder to write questions without SQL, and one-click-to-create charts.
  • Super fast to set up and integrate with what’s in your stack. Go from install to creating your first dashboard in less than 5 minutes. No technical skills or data team required.
  • Containerized cloud deployment. Affordable and transparent pricing with plans that scale with you. Metabase Cloud available at no extra cost for Pro and Enterprise.
  • Help from our world class Success team. Technical experts who help with everything from troubleshooting to advice on best practices. Customers love them.
  • Private and secure. We never look at or copy your data. And we prioritize privacy and security features to secure data access in your org, like SSO and fine-grained permissions.

When might Superset be a better fit than Metabase?*

  • You only want some of your people querying your data
  • You’re a very technically savvy team with complex data analyses needs and are more at home in specialized data tools.
  • You need a very broad range of visualization types.
  • You have the time and resources to manage implementation, deployment and, maintenance.

*For the record... Metabase supports SQL and NoSQL databases, like MongoDB, and offers integration with a broad range of tools like dbt for semantic layering.
(We’re trying to present a somewhat balanced view here, but c’mon, it’s still our website 😏)

Frequently asked questions

When is Metabase a better choice than Superset?

Metabase is best suited for businesses that need a straightforward way for everyone in the team to self-serve analytics. BI that your team will actually enjoy using, at the right price for your scale.

When is Superset a better choice than Metabase?

Credit where it’s due - Superset can be a good fit for very technical teams with more extensive data analysis needs, and a lower need for everyone in the org to be able to jump in and run their own reports. It’s got all the bells and whistles - and depending on the maturity of your org, your use case and needs, it may be more than you need.

Who uses Metabase over Superset?

Metabase is trusted by over 60,000 companies with their analytics, from startups who need their first business intelligence tool through to Enterprises. Metabase open source is the go-to choice for founders and solo-developers to let their teams get answers from data on their own so they’re not running the same reports once a month. Metabase Pro and Enterprise is generally chosen by CTOs, CPOs, Heads of Data who have been there, done that with every other BI tool on the market and need a way to make self-service analytics actually happen.

What use cases do Metabase and Superset cover?

Both Metabase and Superset cater to internal analytics, as well as interactive embedded analytics for customers.

Metabase is ideal for quick, intuitive data exploration that lets people in your company click around in interactive dashboard and visualizations to learn from data, or create queries with or without SQL.

Superset may be better suited for complex data analysis and putting detailed visualizations in front of customers.

What’s the differences in pricing between Metabase and Superset?

Metabase and Superset are both open source. Metabase also has a range of with affordable plans available for additional security and governance features, cloud deployment, and fast, unlimited technical help from engineers.

Do you need to know SQL to use Metabase and Superset?

Metabase and Superset both let data analysts work in SQL; and less technically savvy people ask questions without SQL. Metabase lets people ask questions with or without needing to know SQL. The intuitive Query Builder lets non-technical or data savvy people put together analyses with clicks - no SQL necessary. Analysts and data people who prefer to write SQL can fill their boots in the SQL editor.

How do Metabase and Superset compare in terms of visualization capabilities?

Metabase and Superset give people a way to visualize their data and make sense of the numbers. But Metabase is so much more than just a visualization tool. For people who feel like they’re seeing double when staring at columns, it’s an intuitive way to filter and summarize to uncover trends and get insights to make data-driven decisions.

Ok, give it to me straight though - what’s the best Business Intelligence tool?

There’s no right or wrong answers here. It will generally depend on your use case, how much you want people to be able to learn from data and run reports on their own without depending on your data team; your preferred data stack, how fast you need to get up and running, your budget, and more.

Again, there’s no “right” answer, but just sayin’ - Metabase will let everyone on your team work with data, integrates with your preferred data tools, gets up and running in 5 minutes flat, and suits all budgets (and you can try it for free).

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