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The Top 3 Must-Have Scripts for Maximizing Efficiency in Airtable

airtable Nov 29, 2023

Airtable is a popular no-code tool that offers incredible flexibility for organizing and automating data. While it provides many features out of the box, there are times when you need a little extra functionality. That's where scripts come in. In this video, we'll be discussing the top three essential scripts that will take your Airtable game to the next level.


  1. Grabbing a Timestamp:
    Timestamps are incredibly useful, especially when it comes to tracking the time of certain events. While Airtable has a "last modified time" field, it is limited in what you can do with it. To solve this problem, you can create a formula field using the NOW() function. However, using this function in a large database can slow down performance significantly. To avoid this, you can use a script that only runs when needed in an automation. This script will generate a timestamp that you can use in other automations or calculations. By utilizing this workaround, you can have more control over timestamps without compromising performance.

    output.set("date", new Date().toISOString())

  2. Adding a Delay in Automations:
    Sometimes, you need to introduce a delay in your automations to create a better workflow. However, Airtable does not have a built-in delay function. To solve this issue, you can use a script that introduces a slight delay. By utilizing the setTimeOut() function, you can create a delay between steps in your automation. This is particularly useful when you need to synchronize data with external tools or create a better user experience within Airtable. Implementing this script will give you more control over the timing of your automations.

    function sleep(milliseconds) {
    const start = new Date().getTime();
    for (var i = 0; i < 1e7; i++) {
    if((new Date().getTime() - start) > milliseconds){
    sleep(5000)//delay 5 seconds

  3. Sending Record IDs to Webhooks:
    When working with external tools that rely on webhooks, sending specific information, such as the Airtable record ID, is crucial. This allows you to trigger actions in external systems based on events in Airtable. Unfortunately, Airtable does not provide a direct way to send record IDs to a webhook. However, you can use a script to create a custom webhook endpoint that includes the record ID as a parameter. This script enables seamless integration between Airtable and external platforms, expanding your connectivity options.


let url = "YOURWEBHOOK?recordID=";
let {recordID} = input.config();


await fetch(url + recordID)



Using scripts in Airtable can greatly enhance its functionality and help you unlock new possibilities. The three essential scripts discussed in this video provide solutions for common challenges faced by Airtable users. From generating accurate timestamps to adding delays in automations and sending record IDs to webhooks, each script offers unique benefits.

It's important to note that while these scripts are not natively built into Airtable, they can be copied and modified to suit your specific needs. By borrowing from a library of useful scripts, you can save time and effort in developing custom solutions. 

Whether you're a beginner or an advanced Airtable user, exploring the potential of scripts can take your data management to a whole new level. So, get started today and unleash the true power of Airtable!

Remember to watch the full video for a detailed explanation and demonstration of these essential scripts.

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