Difference between version

Hello ,

may i know if there is any difference between the version?
namely the “opensource version” Grid-core and the rest of online version?

Hello and welcome to the community!

Most product features are exactly the same in the online versions and in grist-core. Here are some highlights of the differences:

  • Python version: the online version uses a sandboxed interpreter (new documents use Python 3.9; older documents use Python 2); grist-core uses whatever Python is on the system where it runs, and it is unsandboxed. The version packaged with docker, I think, currently uses Python 2 (soon to be updated to use Python 3).

  • There are no document snapshots (Automatic backups - Grist Help Center) in grist-core.

  • There is no login system out-of-the-box in grist-core, but you can set one up by connecting to a SAML provider. See here for more, including a recommendation of an open-source option: Better support for self-hosting · Issue #44 · gristlabs/grist-core · GitHub

  • grist-core is generally good for a single user, but is not yet polished for multiple users. For example, if you share a document with another user, the online version will send an invitation email to that user, but grist-core does not do that currently.

  • grist-core is not intended for large teams or for hosting Grist as a service. For example, it does not include team billing, or provisions for scaling to multiple machines as would be needed to serve many users.

For single-user operation, all features are present (except document snapshots that I mentioned): all column types, linking views, formulas, access rules, etc.

It’s a good question, and the answer might change a bit over time as we keep building Grist. Feel free to ask again if you are wondering about any specific features.

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