dbWebGen - Database Web Generator for PHP

This PHP application automatically generates a responsive web app on top of your relational database. The app allows users to * Create and edit records via web forms, taking into account foreign keys and other constraints * View stored records along with related records from other tables * Browse and filter records in a table * Query the database, visualize the results, and share the visualizations. Currenty the engine offers various visualizations like tables, bar charts, sankeys, timelines, graphs/networks, geomaps and others.

Developers may add custom functionality and extensions to the engine through hook functions in plugins, and admins may exploit an extensive array of settings controlling the engine.


  • Webserver running PHP (lowest tested version is 5.3)
  • Database server (currently working only with PostgreSQL; lowest tested version is 9.2)
  • A database

Get it Running

  • Clone this repository into any folder that is served by your webserver.
  • Since this repository contains the app engine only, you need to create another folder that will serve as the actual app folder
  • In the app folder, create a PHP file that serves as the main entry point of the app (typically index.php). This file is very simple: it must include a definition of the constant ENGINE_PATH, which shall define the relative path to app engine folder. The other line in this file is the inclusion of engine.php from the app engine folder. Note: if required, you may use ENGINE_PATH_LOCAL to define the relative or absolute local file system path to the engine folder, which is used for including .php files; the ENGINE_PATH is used to point to files in <script> or <link> tags, so those must be resolveable by the web server.
  • Copy settings.template.php into your app folder, rename it to settings.php, and fill the file with settings that reflect your app and database structure.
  • Direct your web browser to the app folder and be happy.

Example Database and App

An example app using this engine can be seen in the dbWebGen-demo repository


Below are some screenshots from a database app that uses dbWebGen to allow users to work with historic documents from 19th century Oman. Click any thumbnail to view at full resolution.

Data in a TableSearch FilterView a RecordNew Record FormEdit Record FormQuery with Network VisualizationQuery with Map VisualizationResponsive Edit


This code is licensed under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file.

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