Creating a sandbox

Discover how to create and use a sandbox in Betty Blocks.

Updated over a week ago

If you're not sure what a sandbox is then give the article sandboxes explained a read.

After reading this article you'll know how to:

  • Create sandboxes for your application

  • Merge sandboxes

  • Delete a sandbox

  • Enable a settings model

Creating a sandbox

Go to and click on your organization and application. 

  • Click the Create new sandbox button to create your sandbox.

  • Give the sandbox a name and set the identifier that'll be used in the URL of the sandbox.

  • Click Create sandbox to finish the creation of the sandbox, depending on the size of your application the creation time may vary.

Note: Only organization members with the admin role can create sandboxes.

Merging sandboxes

After applying all changes in your sandbox, it's time to push them to your production environment. In Betty Blocks, this is called merging. Open the sandbox you are going to merge by selecting it in the sandbox browser.

After applying all the changes to a sandbox it's time to push it to your production environment, this is called merging.

  • Click the View merge plan button of the sandbox, this will show you the merge overview

  • Double-check if the overview is correct and if it is click Merge changes in the top right corner to merge the changes made

  • Add a description to clarify what it is that's going to be merged and press to Merge changes button to merge the changes.

Merging will disable both the sandbox and the application that you are merging into for the duration of the merge. So merge at a moment that will not affect other processes and users.

What will be merged

All changes made in your sandbox will be merged into your application except for the following items:

  • Values from configurations

  • Data from models that are not settings models

  • My Betty Blocks settings

You can view current changes by checking out the merge plan.

Deleting a sandbox

By clicking on the Options button of a sandbox a dropdown appears in which you can choose to delete a sandbox. You might want to delete a sandbox because an irreversible change has been made or maybe because there's no longer a need for the sandbox.

  • Click Delete sandbox followed by clicking Delete this sandbox in the pop-up that appears to confirm that you want to get rid of the sandbox.

Settings models

Besides building pages, actions, and your data model; records within the models can also be a part of the structure of your application. Data that never changes and that are used within some processes. For example countries, languages, or categories.

It is likely that we want this data to be identical in every (sandbox) environment of your application. This is where settings models are used for. 

You can enable the settings model option in your application.

  • Navigate to your model

  • Go to settings

  • Check the settings model checkbox

  • Hit Save changes to convert the model to a settings model

Read how to use sandboxes for your DTAP-street here.

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