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The Best Backend For FlutterFlow 2024

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In the dynamic world of mobile app development, finding the right backend solution can be a pivotal decision, especially when working with platforms like FlutterFlow. The backend serves as the backbone of any application, handling data, user authentication, and overall functionality. As FlutterFlow empowers developers to create stunning apps with minimal code, the quest for the best backend becomes even more critical.

In this article, we embark on a journey to explore and evaluate BuildShip - a lowcode visual backend builder, aiming to guide FlutterFlow enthusiasts towards selecting the optimal backend solution that easily complements their development endeavors. Whether you're a seasoned developer or a newcomer to the FlutterFlow ecosystem, understanding BuildShip can significantly enhance the efficiency and success of your app-building journey.

Introduction to Flutterflow

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Before diving in, let's quickly recap FlutterFlow. It's a tool that empowers you to construct user interfaces, establish logical flows, integrate data into your app, and deploy to app stores—all without the need for coding. It aims to simplify the app development process and make it accessible to a broader audience, including those without extensive programming experience.

Understanding BuildShip

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Enter BuildShip, an AI powered low-code backend builder that empowers you to create complex workflows, without writing into a single line of code.

Gone are the days of hand-coding with NodeJS, setting up a REST API server, and navigating through manual integrations. With BuildShip, you can now seamlessly integrate in a zapier-style nocode format while retaining the freedom to code your REST APIs in Javascript low-code style. This means you no longer compromise on the limitations often associated with no-code tools; instead, you have the code accessibility to modify as needed, ensuring unparalleled flexibility.

Coding Language: English + Javascript

Imagine hundreds of pre-built nodes at your fingertips, ready to send emails, generate reports, or connect to databases. Just drag, drop, and watch the magic happen.

And if you can't find the node you're looking for, BuildShip's incredible in-built AI can build a custom node just for you. You can even tweak it in low-code, so you're always in control.

In this article, we’ll explore how BuildShip can help empower no-code developers to do full stack development using Flutterflow and BuildShip.

Integrating BuildShip with FlutterFlow

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First, let's tackle a key question: Where to begin—front end or back end? It all depends on what your app needs. If you're already using FlutterFlow or need features like authentication from Firebase, start with the front end. But if you're dealing with big data, complex calculations, or non-Firebase databases, kick off your app development journey with BuildShip's backend playground. It's designed to handle heavy-duty data tasks and make backend operations smoother.

Why BuildShip for Flutterflow?

Let’s look at a number of possible reason for why BuildShip is the perfect backend choice for your Flutterflow app

  1. Visual Logic Building: Drag, Drop, and Reorder - Create Logic the way you want: While it might seem simple, a significant aspect of automating or constructing workflows lies in the complexity that can arise as you continue to build your app. With BuildShip, you have these building blocks called as nodes, that you can remove, reorder or customise any way you want.

  2. Time Efficiency: For those familiar with setting up Cloud Functions in the past, the waiting time after hitting deploy was a familiar frustration. Thanks to BuildShip, that's a thing of the past. Now, you deploy once, and subsequent redeployments take mere seconds to reflect changes. This saved time can be put to more productive use—how about enhancing your FlutterFlow UI itself?

  3. Ready to use Database: Versatility in Database Options: Each BuildShip project is equipped with a Google Cloud project that includes Firestore by default, eliminating the need for manual database setup. Alternatively, you can easily connect with a database of your choosing, utilizing either AI or opting from our array of supported database choices, including Supabase, Firebase, Pinecone, and MySQL.

  4. Unlimited Storage for your assets: Not every application needs a constant connection to an online database for data storage and retrieval. Many applications benefit from simply storing data on a user's device. Occasionally, you may need to transfer this data to an online database for safekeeping. BuildShip enables you to store and retrieve data locally, offering the flexibility to build genuinely intricate FlutterFlow apps without being binded to a constant online connection. Better yet, your data is stored in the region of your choice during project creation - making them GDPR compliant for EU regions.

  5. Easy Import, Easy Export: BuildShip provides an incredible export tool, that lets you export your API in the YAML format and have it directly imported into Flutterflow as a brand new API call.

  6. Integrating Payment Apps: Integrating with payments apps like Stripe solely through FlutterFlow can be challenging, particularly when retrieving the payment ID from Stripe. BuildShip, on the contrary, simplifies this process, making it easier to integrate with your Stripe account and showcase all the necessary information on the frontend by passing the data. Below is a template to guide you through it.

  7. Logic Flows and Security: When it comes to making logical decisions on your data and ensuring secure access, what options do you have for presenting it back to FlutterFlow? BuildShip offers utility nodes that empower you to construct logical workflows and easily integrate with any tool for automating various tasks. In terms of security, every time you generate a secret key, BuildShip uses the user's Google Cloud Secret Manager, avoiding the storage of keys in a vulnerable random database. Everything within BuildShip operates on Google's infrastructure, designed for scalability and robust security. No need to navigate the complexities of API calls – BuildShip has you covered.

Flutterflow Community Wishlist

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Many FlutterFlow users seek a no-code backend solution catering to complex business logic, organized data structures, secure API requests, and simplified frontend modifications or upgrades.

Queries for a no-code backend is rising, underscoring the demand for BuildShip within the vibrant FlutterFlow community forums:

BuildShip x FlutterFlow: The Full Stack Power Couple 🔥

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To integrate with any frontend app, creating an API is essential. This begins by adding a Trigger, and BuildShip provides various triggers tailored to your use case, illustrated below.

For instance, utilize the REST API node to trigger a call from the frontend to a custom REST API you can create yourself. Plus, the compatibility of Flutterflow with REST APIs adds an extra layer of convenience.

In this tutorial, discover the ins and outs of full stack development using Flutterflow and BuildShip. To do this, we’ll build a barcode scanning app that instantly reveals nutritional info, reviews, and even suggested recipes for the scanned product.

Further, scroll down to explore more apps created with Flutterflow and BuildShip, offering insights into the harmonious fusion of workflows and beautifully designed UIs. 🚀


In the realm of FlutterFlow backend solutions, BuildShip emerges as a transformative force, offering a low-code, high-flexibility approach to full-stack development. With features like pre-built nodes, drag-and-drop simplicity, and an AI that tailors custom nodes, BuildShip provides unparalleled control. As you embark on your app-building journey, the choice is clear: BuildShip is the engine that propels your FlutterFlow experience to new heights.

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