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a sql notebook

Franchise is a lightweight but powerful SQL tool with a notebook interface. You can use it online at

Franchise is pretty cool

  • There's no sign up and no install
    • For editing CSVs, JSON, XLSX files, we've integrated js-xlsx, and sql.js so you can query data entirely locally in your browser
    • For connecting to PostgreSQL, MySQL, or BigQuery, just run a single command in your terminal to open a bridge that allows Franchise to directly connect to your database. Your data never touches a third party server.
  • Chart with a single click
  • Compare queries side by side

Running Locally (Development Mode)

There's an online version of franchise right here. There are also instructions for building franchise to static files here.

Otherwise, here's how to run franchise in development mode:

  1. If you don't have npm or yarn, install yarn.

  2. Open up a terminal and run

    git clone --depth 1
  3. cd into the project directory

    cd franchise
  4. Install the project dependencies

    yarn install

    (you can also run npm install)

  5. Start the dev server

    yarn start

    (you can also run npm start)

  6. Open up a browser and go to http://localhost:3000

  7. Edit some files in franchise/src.

    When you save your edits, and the browser will automatically reload.

  8. (optional) Add a bunch of great functionality and send a PR!

Running in Docker 🐳

Application will be available here: http://localhost:3000

Using Docker Hub image

docker run \
    --name franchise \
    -p 3000:80 \
    -p 14645:14645 \
    -d binakot/franchise

Build your own image

  1. Build a docker image:
docker build -t franchise .
  1. Run a container with image:
docker run \
    --name franchise \
    -p 3000:80 \
    -p 14645:14645 \
    -d franchise

Build electron app


yarn build:electron:linux


yarn build:electron:mac


yarn build:electron:windows

After build check out dist folder.