Open Source GTpB

On its fourth anniversary, portalBase has been released under a GPL open source license.

portalBase is a web based industrial strength platform for business application development. It’s used to rapidly prototype and develop data entry and reporting applications that work over the internet or a local network.

Our vision was to create a product that allowed business analysts to create lean, agile, Just-In-Time (JIT) back offices.

New headline features

  • iPhone and Google Phone version – Aug 09
  • youTube integration – July 09
  • automated version histories for uploaded documents attached to records – June 09
  • tag cloud generation – Mar 09
  • multi-browser compatibility – Mar 09
  • grouping views and modules into business sections, e.g. Plan/Do/Check/Act, Marketing/Sales/Finance etc. – Nov 08
  • basic API additions including google maps integration and phone number lookups – Aug 08
  • automatic join and full view creation – Feb 08
  • data security and audit features – Jan 08

Underlying features

  • GUI builder
  • create tables
  • create views
  • option to use full SQL snippets for advanced users
  • basic form builder
  • accessible, advanced filtering
  • report summary generation
  • import and export
  • set roles and privileges
  • database refactoring facilities

Technology platform

  • PostgreSQL 8.4
  • Java 5+
  • Hibernate
  • Tomcat

Source code is available at

Have a go of a basic demo at, with the username and password ‘demo’. If you’d like to find out about any functionality in greater depth, email, skype okohll or please pass on these details to your IT department if applicable.

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