Searching databases using URL parameters in Bubble

Searching databases using URL parameters in Bubble

Himanshu Sharma
Himanshu Sharma

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Once you start using URL parameters, you'll wonder how you can use them to search and display data from your Bubble app database. It's a pretty powerful feature.

URL parameters are a great way to search and fetch records from your database. URL parameters can function as filters to reduce the number of records retrieved from the database by specifying certain conditions.

This is a tutorial on using URL parameters in a search.

Searching using the unique id of a record

Assume that you have a data type called Product


And you're passing the unique id of a Product in the URL to another page where you want to display the Product details.


Here, your URL would resemble

The text after the ? is your URL parameter where prod-id is the key and 1596786382090x752535090689481000 is the unique id of the Product.

On the next page, create a dummy group of 1x1 and position it at 0x0. We'll use this group to find the Product record and use this group's value to reference data where we need it.


The Type of content of this group will match with the Type of content of the data type whose unique id we are sending. Here, it is the Product.

For the data source, we'll search our database for the entry whose unique id matches the one in the URL. Here, it is the Product.


We need to remember that we are only searching for a single record and not filtering a Repeating group. That's why we are using a Group to hold the Product information. And because of this, we need to use :first item in the Data source of the Group. This tells Bubble to find and associate the first Product that matches the constraint. There can be only one Product record with the same unique id, so this will always give us the correct Product record.

We can now refer to this dummy group where we want to display the Product's information.

Filtering a Repeating group’s data using URL parameters in
Learn how to filter a Repeating group using URL parameters. A better approach that using custom states.

Searching using other fields


Here, we are passing the two parameters, name and company. The approach to finding the correct Product record will remain the same. The only difference will be in the constraints that we will apply.

You can either create a dummy group and reference it whenever required, or you can directly search for the record in the element itself. 

Both the approaches are correct and will work in all cases. Yet, I recommend creating a dummy group. This keeps your app organized. And if in future you want to change the data source of a URL parameter, it is simpler to change.

Single Page Apps in without code
You’ve likely heard about Single Page Apps (SPA) at least once on the Bubble forum. Since Single Page Apps don’t navigate users to other pages, it’s important to figure out how you’ll handle content visibility.
Trigger workflows with URL parameters in
You can use URL parameters in to pass information between pages and trigger workflows.

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