December 13, 2021 By Matthew Rathbone

I’m proud to introduce Beekeeper Studio’s first paid features - Workspaces.

A workspace provides cloud storage for queries and connections so that you can use them across multiple machines or share them with your team.

I’m offering two types of workspace:

  1. Pro - for a single user to work across machines
  2. Team - for a team to work with each other

Honestly I built workspaces because I’ve previously used Insomnia and loved the online storage it offered. Up until today, Every time I switched machine (which I happens lot as a consultant) and fired up Beekeeper Studio, I’d curse the sky, and wish I had online storage in Beekeeper Studio. Well now I do 🎉.

Many of you have also asked about syncing or multi-machine setups, so hopefully this comes as welcome news.

As always, thank you so much for your support so far. Trying to build a sustainable open source desktop app as a solo-hacker is hard work, but the super positive comments and great feedback makes it worth it.

Workspaces come with a 14 day trial, no credit card required.

How Workspaces Work

Once you’ve created an account you can sign into that account from the Beekeeper Studio app. From there you will see the new workspace sidebar.

Workspaces you create on the account management portal will show up here.

Once you click on a workspace, Beekeeper Studio works the same as it always did, with one big change – queries and connections you save here are saved to the cloud rather than your local machine, so you can access them wherever you are.

Pro workspaces are single-user (just you). This is a great way to share state across multiple machines.

Team workspaces let you optionally share connections and queries with other members of your team.

If the UX looks familiar, well that’s because we stole borrowed ideas from apps you probably use already, so hopefully you feel right at home.

Team Workspaces Are Smart

As a workspace user there are a few smart tricks that the app uses to make sure you’re working well with your team.

Three Way Merging

If you’re working on a query, and someone else edits it, you’ll be asked how you want Beekeeper to handle the change.

One of these options is an automated three way merge, which helps to ensure that both the local and remote changes persist nicely.

Alternatively you can always choose to discard either the local or remote changes.

Keep it Personal, Or Not

Team workspaces provide you with two areas to store assets

  • Your personal folder stores your assets in the workspace, but they are not visible to other workspace users.
  • Your team folder is shared between all workspace members

You can easily move queries and connections between the two.

Migrating to Workspaces

If you already have a bunch of queries and connections saved in your local workspace, they’re just a click away. Click the import button above either the query list or the connection list and choose which items to import.

Sustainability

Beekeeper Studio is used by thousands of people around the world every single day.

There is so much opportunity for innovation in the database GUI market, but without a dedicated development team, those opportunities will go unmet by Beekeeper Studio.

The best way for me to sustain Beekeeper is by generating revenue.

Now, there are many ways to charge for an app like Beekeeper Studio, I’ve been careful to choose an approach that I don’t think compromises our core mission.

The dominant way that desktop apps make money is by locking down ‘normal’ features behind a one-time payment or subscription. Unfortunately in many cases this locks ordinary users out of features that could be useful to them. Not only is this annoying, but it really hurts people at the bottom who are just getting started.

In contrast, with workspaces I can keep all core app features open and free, while still providing useful features for professional and business users. It feels like a win-win.

Time will tell if this approach is successful. I hope you all feel the same way and become customers.

Available Now

Workspaces are available now in the Beekeeper Studio app. You’ll see them when you open the app front and center.

Workspaces come with a 14 day free trial. No credit card required, so please try them out if you are curious.

If you don’t use any of our paid features, that’s cool, nothing about the app will change for you.

Try workspaces today