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Find answers to many common questions about notebooks and the Observable platform below. Use the navigation in the sidebar to jump to relevant sections.
Working in Observable notebooks
How do I get data into a notebook?
See our collection on Getting data in and out of notebooks to learn how to quickly get data from multiple sources into a notebook.
How can I set a custom URL for my notebook?
I deleted a notebook. Can I restore it?
If you've deleted a notebook, you can restore it for up to 30 days. To restore a recently deleted notebook, go to Trash (from your homepage) and choose "Move out of trash" in the menu for any notebooks you want to restore.
Is there a list of keyboard shortcuts?
Yes! Here's a guide to keyboard shortcuts in Observable notebooks.
Security and privacy
Can I install Observable for use offline or inside a firewall?
Observable can't be installed, used offline, or inside a firewall. However, you can use Observable for secure and sensitive data work. When you access data from local or cloud files, APIs, or self-hosted databases, your data doesn’t touch Observable’s servers. Read more about Observable's security model.
What is Observable's data security policy?
Observable's security model describes how Observable restricts access to your private information.
Can I securely connect to a database?
Yes. Observable's hosted database clients rely on an HTTPS-to-database proxy, which allows your browser to securely run SQL queries against databases that are accessible from the public internet.
If your database isn't accessible from the public internet, or if you simply don't wish to share any database credentials with Observable, we also provide a database proxy that you can run yourself. By connecting directly from your browser to the proxy, your private notebooks can access databases on private networks or local computers. That traffic never goes over the public internet, and you don't need to trust Observable with any database credentials. Learn more at Self-hosted database proxies and Security and data access in Observable.
Collaboration and sharing
How do I add team members to notebooks?
See our Sharing documentation to learn about adding team members and setting permissions so they can view or edit notebooks with you.
Can I share things I make in Observable notebooks elsewhere?
Can I store or use different versions of notebooks?
Observable's built-in version history (accessed by clicking on the History pane icon in the right margin) automatically stores versions of a notebook as you iterate. You can see differences between versions, and even revert back to a previous version, through the history pane. You can use version locking to specify which version of a notebook to import from.
User support and feedback
Where can I ask questions and find answers from other users?
How can I report a bug or request a feature?
We welcome you to share bug reports, feature requests, and feedback as issues in our public feedback repository on GitHub.
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General questions about Observable
How is Observable related to D3?