Enterprises choose Superblocks over Retool

Unlike Retool, Superblocks is a true low-code platform without limits. You can extend further with code, build faster with an AI Copilot, self-host without the overhead, and deliver performant apps at scale – all while adopting affordably across your teams.

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Testimonials

Papaya, Alchemy, Clearco, and Moveworks all chose Superblocks

Top enterprises use Superblocks to deliver custom operational software at blazing speed, while meeting increasingly stringent security, compliance, scalability, and uptime requirements.

  • Ofer Herman

    Co-Founder & CTO, Papaya Global

    "As CTO of a high growth operationally intensive business, we chose Superblocks because it was simple to deploy, billed by usage and intuitive for our engineering teams to build a suite of tooling for our global partner network."

  • Arsalan Siddiqui

    Director of Engineering, Clearco

    "Superblocks is ideal for Fintech companies where KYC, fraud and risk are critical tooling areas that evolve weekly. The on-prem agent is a unique low-overhead solution to keep our customer data within our VPC."

  • Rishub Kumar

    Internal Tools Lead, Alchemy

    "Superblocks has saved us 100s of engineering hours on internal tools and reduced support ticket resolution time by 50%."

  • Rubab Uddin

    Customer Success Engineering Lead, Moveworks

    “We built apps on Superblocks for Support teams to troubleshoot our enterprise AI platform without involving Engineering. As a result, we can resolve customer issues faster, increase adoption, and deliver a superior chatbot experience.”

Why Superblocks

Why are companies choosing Superblocks over Retool?

Superblocks is the only low-code platform with all the capabilities enterprises need to build secure, scalable, and extensible internal tools.

  • Greater extensibility with code

    Retool apps support client-side JS only while Superblocks supports React, JS, NodeJS, & Python. Retool Custom Components rely on one HTML file, with web-based imports limited to an iframe, while Superblocks provides full extensibility with React.

  • Scalable architecture & better performance

    Retool JS queries are limited by browser CPU & memory, causing major latency for large apps. Superblocks application front-ends are multi-threaded for smooth UI rendering, while back-end queries scale elastically with on-demand cloud compute.

  • Simpler, more cost-effective self-hosting

    Self-hosted Retool is a legacy on-premise deployment, requiring dedicated infrastructure, DevOps engineering, and downtime for upgrades. The Superblocks On-Premise Agent is stateless, simple to deploy, and new App Builder features are instantly available from the cloud.

  • Build real-time streaming apps

    In Superblocks it’s easy to stream data from Kafka, Kinesis, Confluent, OpenAI, and others for real-time fraud alerting, live gameplay dashboards, best-in-class AI chatbots, and more. Retool does not support streaming, preventing organizations from harnessing real-time insights.

  • Production monitoring & observability

    Superblocks integrates with observability providers like Datadog, New Relic and Splunk, so you can view metrics, traces, and logs from your internal tools within your preferred provider. Retool does not have observability, leaving you blind when errors arise.

  • Best-in-class customer support

    Superblocks provides exceptional support across tiers - customers consistently highlight responsiveness and dedication to customer satisfaction in G2 testimonials. Retool’s support is limited to the enterprise tier and has mixed reviews.

Nadeesha Cabral

SVP of Engineering, me&u

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"Previously we were using Retool but found the self-hosted version challenging to deploy and expensive to maintain, as it required running 6 RDS databases in clusters across three VPCs. The pricing model was also limiting for our scale. Moving to the Superblocks On-Premise Agent made it much simpler to deploy the data plane as a stateless container, and build apps for multiple VPCs with Profiles. In addition, the pricing flexibility enabled us to roll out Superblocks to hundreds of Support agents in a cost effective way."

Comparison

Compare Superblocks to Retool

See the full feature breakdown between Superblocks and Retool across pricing, extensibility, performance, AI, security, SDLC, hosting, and support.

Superblocks

Retool

Application Builder

Drag & drop application builder

Build internal UIs connected to your data via a drag & drop interface

Yes

Yes

Integrate with any Database or API

Integrate with any standard database or API endpoint

Yes

Yes

Multi-step application APIs

Program your application with multi-step business logic executed on the server-side

Yes

Multi-step APIs are composed of data source queries and language steps in NodeJS and Python for processing, all executed server-side with elastic scaling

No

All application queries are single-step, resulting in excess network requests and latency overhead for business logic execution

Build Real-Time Streaming Applications

Build real-time applications based on event-driven architectures like Kafka

Yes

Native support for Kafka, Kinesis, Confluent Cloud, AWS MSK, Redpanda, and other streaming platforms

No

No support to integrate with streaming data sources

Open-source execution engine

Yes

The Superblocks Developer Community can contribute to the open source agent

No

Closed source. Need to wait on Retool to prioritize additional features

Workflow & Scheduled Job Builder

Build Webhooks with Workflows

Invoke workflows over HTTP as webhooks

Yes

Yes

Execute scheduled jobs

Invoke programmatic workflows on a schedule, replacing cron jobs

Yes

Yes

Build API Endpoints with Workflows

Build reusable programmatic workflows which can be called within applications or as REST APIs

Yes

Full REST API endpoints with customizable responses

No

Workflows are fire-and-forget and do not respond with success or error

Intuitive Visual Builder for Business Logic

Linear code-like UX to build custom business logic that scales as complexity increases

Yes

No

Convoluted flow diagram is difficult to read, maintain, and debug

Self-Host Workflows Without Additional Overhead

No need to deploy additional services to use workflows when self-hosting

Yes

No

Convoluted flow diagram is difficult to read, maintainMust self-host Temporal cluster for fully on-premise deployment, and debug

Extensibility with Code

Write frontend JS

Write frontend JavaScript that is executed within the browser

Yes

Yes

Write Backend Code in NodeJS & Python

Write backend code executed on the server-side, as you would for a standard application backend

Yes

NodeJS and Python supported within Application APIs and Workflows. Import any library

No

Application Queries support client-side JS-only, with imports limited to packages bundled for use on the web

Build fully-featured custom components

Augment the built-in component library by developing your own custom components in React

Yes

Build fully-featured components in React, with full DOM control and the ability to share component state. Develop locally in your IDE, import any package, and bundle multiple files

No

Custom Components written in a single HTML file in the browser, limited to an iframe with no ability to share state or interact with the DOM. Imports are limited to packages bundled for use on the web

Build custom integrations

Integrate with non-standard databases via a custom integration

Yes

Extend the open-source agent to build custom integrations

No

No extensibility due to closed source code

Performance

Fast query performance on large datasets

Execute queries efficiently as data volume and throughput scales

Yes

Multi-step APIs executed server-side provide horizontal scalability and elastic compute, ensuring minimal network requests and data transfer

No

Client-side code execution is limited by browser CPU and memory, resulting in increased latency & overhead for app loading and query processing

Global edge caching network

Cache applications globally to reduce app latency

Yes

Apps are cached at the edge across US West (Oregon), US East (N. Virginia), EU (Ireland), Middle East (Bahrain), & Asia Pacific (Hong Kong)

No

No edge caching available

Generative AI

Fully-featured AI copilot across languages

AI Copilot to write, edit, debug, and explain code

Yes

JavaScript, Python, SQL, JSON, HTML

Yes

JavaScript, SQL

User-Friendly AI Integrations

Native integration with AI services with user-friendly methods and parameters

Yes

Yes

Copilot for REST API Calls

AI Copilot to integrate with REST APIs

Yes

No

GraphQL only

Generate Mock Data with AI

Use AI to generate mock data when building applications

Yes

No

Enterprise Security

Granular permissions (RBAC)

Control access to tools granularly with role-based access controls

Yes

Yes

SSO / SAML / SCIM

Use SAML and other protocols for identity and access management & synchronize user management with your IdP using SCIM

Yes

Yes

Audit logs

Retain a history of user actions taken within the platform

Yes

Yes

Secrets Manager Integrations for Cloud & Self-Hosted

Integrate with your preferred secrets manager to keep credentials secure

Yes

AWS Secrets Manager, Google Secret Manager, Hashicorp Vault

No

Supported for self-hosted only

Security Extensions

Extend with custom security policies

Yes

Agent can be extended with custom security layer code

No

No extensions possible

Security Auditability

Audit the platform's source code for bugs and vulnerabilities

Yes

Agent source code is available on GitHub. Run your own security scanners, auditable by security teams

No

Closed source code cannot be audited

Software Development Lifecycle

Commit previews

Create and preview commits, then deploy to production

Yes

Yes

Not supported natively. Developers must manually set up separate dev environments and keep them in sync

Source Control with Git

Integrate with your git provider to sync changes for code review and CI/CD

Yes

Yes

Integrate with Multiple Environments through a Single Deployment

Configure integrations to dynamically work with multiple development environments and regions without needing to deploy separate instances

Yes

Seamlessly leverage Profiles to connect to different environments and regions, enabling apps to query across VPCs

No

Dedicated Retool on-premise stack must be deployed into each VPC, resulting in large DevOps overhead and expense

Production Observability

Integrate tools with observability platforms to track metrics, traces, and logs

Yes

Integrate with your preferred observability provider, such as Datadog, Elastic Cloud, AWS OpenSearch, Kafka, Confluent Cloud and more

No

Hosting

Keep data in customer network

Ensure sensitive data never leaves your VPC

Yes

Using the Superblocks open-source, stateless On-Prem Agent

Yes

Using a fully on-premise installation including custom vendor databases

US and EU cloud hosting

Cloud-hosted offering is available in US and EU regions

Yes

US & EU hosting regions

Yes

On-premise deployment effort

The level of effort required to deploy the software

Yes

Negligible. 5 min to deploy a lightweight, stateless agent to keep data within your private network

No

High. Complex on-premise installation that includes managing databases and migrations

Platform upgrade effort

The frequency and level of effort associated with on-premise upgrades

Yes

Negligible. Access new features without upgrading your agent. Upgrades are simple, comparable to the initial deployment

No

High. Full upgrades are required to access new features and critical security and bug fixes. Upgrades are expensive and require complex database migrations with downtime

Customer Support

Live Chat with Technical Support from Engineer

Yes

No

Extended Support Hours

Yes

No

Recognized by G2 for Best Support

Yes

No

Nima Gardideh

CTO, Pearmill

"Prior to Superblocks, I used Retool where our team constantly ran into major performance issues with large queries and intensive processing logic on large-scale ad data. After migrating to Superblocks, we confidently build mission-critical apps using Python & NodeJS to process & manipulate large datasets with excellent performance, since all APIs run on the server-side & scale elastically for us."

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