Change table settings to meet your requirement


Tables serve as individual modules to manage the research data for a particular category. Labii uses a table to keep track of one particular type of data. For instance, an experiment table can be used to keep track of all experimental notes. Depending on your research needs, you can add an unlimited number of tables to manage any type of data you require.

These changes can only be made by Administrators.

List of tables

You can manage a list of tables by clicking Settings at the side menu and then select Tables.

Search tables

You can search tables by typing a keyword into the search bar in the table list view, and then clicking Search. The search results can always be cleared by clicking the Clear button.

Filter tables

With the Filter function, you can limit the number of teams displayed. You can do that by clicking Active tables and then selecting a filter from the dropdown. Here are a list of filters:

  • All tables. Filter to display all tables.

  • Active tables. Filter to display the active tables.

  • Archived tables. Filter to display the archived tables.

Table detail

Click a table name to view the detail of the table.

The detailed view of a table comes with 5 tabs:

  • Detail - the detail fields of the table.

  • Columns - the columns of the table. Learn more here.

  • Sections - the sections of the table. Learn more here.

  • Filters - the filters of the table. Learn more here.

Table fields

Here is the list of fields for a particular table:

  • Overview

    • sid - The SID of the table. Automatically generated by Labii. This ID cannot be changed once it has been created.

    • updated_by

    • date_updated

    • date_created

  • Detail

    • name_singular (required) - Table name, in a singular format. Letters and Numbers only, no blanks.

    • name_plural (required) - Table name, in plural format. Letters and Numbers only, no blanks.

    • name_system - This name is used to identify system-specific tables and is automatically generated by Labii.

    • icon (required) - Table table icon.

    • order - The order to display the table

  • Unique ID

    • unique_code (Required) - The abbreviation term of a table name. The code must be at least 2 characters long and contain only uppercase letters. The unique_code is used to generate the unique identifications (UID) of records.

    • UID_format - You have the option to personalize the UID by specifying your preferred UID format, which by default consists of '{Unique Code}{RID}'.

    • should_support_custom_uid - If true, users must supply their unique identifier (UID) for each record. This works well for reagents where you prefer to utilize the vendor's barcode as the UID. Notes: Users must guarantee the uniqueness of the provided UID, as failure to do so will result in the newly created record replacing the existing one.

  • Display

    • default_list_view - Default tab view when opening the list view.

    • default_detail_view - Default tab view when opening a record.

    • should_show_dashboard - If true, the table's list view will have the dashboard included.

    • should_display_workflow - The add form and import form will display a workflow field if true.

    • should_collapse_sections - If true, the sections will be collapsed in default.

    • fields_to_display - Select fields to display in the list view.

    • ordering - The ordering to display records in the list view.

  • Settings

    • default_add_query - The query meant for adding to the form. Use this function to restrict changes to the append query in the add form. This field support variables. Discover additional information about the array of supportive variables on

    • should_open_in_new_tab - If true, a record will open in a new tab when clicked from the list.

    • should_limit_edit_to_owner - If true, only the owner can edit their records, regardless of the permission settings at the project level.

    • required_certifications - Please indicate the necessary certifications needed to add or modify entries in this table. If multiple certifications are required, please list them separated by commas.

    • minimum_number_of_signers - Number of signatories required. This number is set so that the document can only be signed when a minimum number of signers has been added. It defaults to 0.

  • metadata - the list of metadata with labels and values

  • is_archived - Checking this box will archive the table. Archived tables are not available for use. Make sure no other column/section uses the table, it might break your system if one is archived. The Files table is always required and should not be archived.

Add table

A new table can be added with the following 3 methods:

  • Add a new table at the table list view:

    1. Settings -> Tables

    2. Click "+ Table"

    3. Fill in the required fields and click "Submit"

  • Add a new table at the table detail view:

    1. In the detailed view of a table. (Settings -> Tables -> Click a Table)

    2. Click "+ Table"

    3. Fill in the required fields and click "Submit"

Add table from a template

Labii ELN & LIMS is a complicated system and requires specific training to get everything right. We are simplifying the configuration progress with table templates.

If a template is selected, the system will

  1. Autofill all table fields

  2. Create the corresponding columns, sections, filters, workflows at the same time

Please always use a table template when creating a new table.

Duplicate table

To create a table similar to the table already created:

  • Settings -> Tables

  • Click a table name

  • Click "...Actions"

  • Select "Duplicate" from the dropdown menu.

  • Change the following fields and click submit:

    • Table Name Singular

    • Table Name Plural

    • Unique code

Import tables

If you already have a list of tables and you would like to create in batch, use the "Import tables" function. To do that:

  1. Prepare a sheet with the following fields.

  2. Download/Save it as *.tsv

  3. Settings -> Tables

  4. Click the "...Actions"

  5. In the dropdown, select "Import"

  6. Select the file you just prepared, click Submit

  7. Match each field based on your document header

  8. Click Submit button to import

  9. Verify the final results





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Export tables

You can also export a list of tables for later use. To do that:

  1. Settings -> Tables

  2. Click the "...Actions"

  3. In the dropdown, select "Export current page". Only the tables visible on the current page will be exported.

  4. Select "Export all pages". This will download all tables and all fields.

System tables

The system tables are the tables with name_system setup and reserved with one particular function. Here is a list of system tables:

  • file - The files table to store the uploaded files

  • workflow - The workflow table to store the workflow details

  • step - The workflow steps

The fields of the system tables can not be changed.

Change name of field

The field "Name" and "Description" can be changed to a different value with the following metadata at the table level or organization level.

  • FIELD_NAME_RENAME, use this metadata label to change the name of the "Name" field.

  • FIELD_NAME_HELPTEXT, use the metadata label to provide additional help text to the "Name" field.

  • FIELD_DESCRIPTION_RENAME, use this metadata label to change the name of the "Description" field.

  • FIELD_DESCRIPTION_HELPTEXT, use the metadata label to provide additional help text to the "Description" field.

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