The Zapier plugin lets you connect Bubble to 2,000+ other web services, like Google Sheets, Airtable, and more. Automated connections called Zaps, set up in minutes with no coding, can automate your day-to-day tasks and build workflows between apps that otherwise wouldn't be possible.
Each Zap has one app as the trigger, where your information comes from and which causes one or more actions in other apps, where your data gets sent automatically.
A workflow action in your Bubble application that you can run, for example, when a button is clicked.
The name of your trigger, as defined in the Plugins tab.
The thing to send to Zapier along with the zap. This should match the trigger type defined in the Plugins tab.
Enter the URL of the zap, which is provided by Zapier
Google sheet requires a specific formatting for dates. Check this box if the current zap uses Google Sheets
Check this button to send a sample of data to Zapier. This helps because you are setting up the zap with their editor.
A Zapier action that will search for the first thing in your database that matches a certain constraint.
A Zapier action that will add a line item to your database for a particular data type.
A Zapier action that will change a field on a particular line item in your database, for example, changing the number field “Quantity” from 1 to 2. You will need the unique ID in order to specify the thing to change. Leaving fields empty will not delete existing fields on your Bubble thing.
A Zapier action that will delete a particular line item in your database, given its unique ID.
A Zapier action that will start a backend workflow that you specify.
Sign up for a free Zapier account, from there you can jump right in. To connect Bubble to Zapier:
Log in to your Zapier account or create a new account.
Navigate to "My Apps" from the top menu bar.
Now click on "Connect a new account..." and search for “Bubble"
Use your credentials to connect your Bubble account to Zapier.
Once that's done you can start creating an automation! Use a pre-made Zap or create your own with the Zap Editor. Creating a Zap requires no coding knowledge and you'll be walked step-by-step through the setup.
Once you install the Zapier plugin in the Plugins tab of your application editor, you can click to “Add Zap trigger.” You can do this when you want your Bubble application to initiate a Zap. Enter a name for your trigger and select a data type from the “Trigger type” dropdown. You will see red text for “0 active Zaps”; as you create and turn on Zaps in Zapier, this will update. This Zap count is version-specific: when you are viewing the development version of your application, this count will be the number of Zaps in the development version, and likewise for live. If this Zap does not show as active, you will not be able to trigger it with a workflow action.
Now in your Settings tab of your editor, go to the API section and make sure that you have enabled the Data API for whichever data types you would like to interact with in Zapier. The Bubble API is accessible on paid plans, so your application will need to be on a paid plan in order to use the Zapier plugin.
Now that we have our Zapier plugin installed and set up in our application, we need to create active Zaps for our application to trigger. Start by logging in and clicking the “Make a Zap” button. Give your Zap a name that will be easy to identify later, such as “Add Airtable record.”
For step 1, what Zapier calls the trigger, choose Bubble as your app. Select “Workflow Trigger Event” as the trigger, and click “Continue.” Choose your account and sign into Bubble, then select your account from the dropdown and click “Continue.”
Search for an App ID, such as “zapier-demo,” and select a version for the application, either development or a custom branch name. If you would like to use this Zap in the live version of your Bubble application, first build your Zap and set it up in your selected development version. Once you deploy your Bubble application to live, your new Zap will work in your live version.
Under Zap ID, search for the name of the Zap that you created in your Plugins tab, in our case, “Add Airtable record,” select it, and continue.
In the next step, click the button to “Test & review” your trigger. Zapier will tell you if there are any errors here, for example, if the Data API is not enabled. If you see sample data, the test has run successfully, and you are ready to set up your action.
This is when you choose the application outside of Bubble where you want something to take place. If we select Airtable, for example, we can fill out fields to create a new record using dynamic information from our Bubble application. We will test and review the action, and if successful, click to “Turn on Zap.”
When we want to trigger this Zap on Bubble, we can add a workflow action to “Trigger a Zapier Zap,” and tell Bubble which Zap from our Plugins tab to trigger and which “Zap thing” we would like to send, for example, which user to add to Airtable.
After this point, if you turn off your Zap in Zapier to make further changes, you will need to redeploy your Bubble application to live for Zap to appear active in your plugins tab and work in the live version.
Once you click to “Make a Zap,” choose the app that you want to affect your Bubble application. For step 2 and onward, the action that you want to take place in your Bubble application, select “Bubble.” You will see “Action Event” options to create, modify, or find Bubble things, or trigger an API workflow.
For any of these actions, you will need to choose your account, app ID, and version as listed above.
To create a Bubble thing, select its data type (must be exposed via the Data API) and click into the input for each field to dynamically select a value. For example, you might select an Airtable field for “Email” to map to a Bubble email field for the User type.
To modify a Bubble thing, select the data type and thing ID (its Bubble unique ID) for the item that you would like to modify. If you only specify one field to modify, such as “Name,” only the “Name” field will be updated, and the other fields will remain as they previously were within your database. For the technically inclined, this is because our plugin uses a PATCH rather than a PUT request for modifications.
To find a Bubble thing, select its data type and then build an expression for your search similarly to how you would in Bubble, with a search field (“Slug”), constraint (“text contains”), and term (“exampleslug”). Note that if you are searching for users, you cannot search by the email field.
This will return the most recently modified item that matches your distinctions, rather than any item that matches in your database. If this step comes before a Modify action within Zapier, you can use this action to dynamically pull in the unique ID for the following step.
To trigger an API workflow, select its name and specify any relevant parameters that you have defined in your backend workflows tab. Using API workflows can be helpful with the Zapier plugin when you are looking to reformat data returned from a Zap, for example, if you wish to format a row of numbers in Google Sheets as currency in Bubble, or when you wish to add or remove a single item from a list field rather than create or replace a list entirely.
After setting up your chosen action, you can click continue, then test and review your action in order to see an example of how it will work prior to turning it on.
You can set this up in Zapier and select “Skip test” for the time being, but in order to perform real operations, you will need to have data entries for the appropriate type in your database.
If you have a data type called "Test," then you delete this type and create a second type called "Test," this will cause an error. Should you encounter this, it's possible to export the existing data type as a CSV and import it as a new type with a unique name.
Privacy rules are automatically handled based on your permissions for the application that you selected in Zapier. If you are an admin for that application, you will be able to run any action. If you are a collaborator with “View only” permissions for Data, for example, you will be able to “Find a Bubble thing” but not create or modify one.
You can create a Bubble thing with a list field or modify a list field by replacing that list entirely using the Zapier plugin. The way to specify a list field is to add an item per input. For a list of numbers, you might add
so that these will each be added as a separate line item in Bubble. If you were to add this as 100,200,45,92 instead, the list field would contain “100,200,45,92” as its first item. The exception to this is lists of numeric ranges or date ranges. In this case, either of the setups would be valid.
Some applications allow you to format fields as currency, dates, images, etc., which can affect how that information is sent to Bubble. If you are encountering unexpected behaviors for a certain formatted field, it may help to try sending the information as text. For example, our API sends images and files as their s3 URL, and our API requires you to pass a string field with the URL as well.
If you see this message, it may help to manually refresh your Bubble account within Zapier. First of all, while you are editing your Zap in Zapier, turn your Zap off. Next, go to your Apps tab in the Zapier dashboard and select "Bubble." Under "My Connections," you will see the account currently linked with Zapier.
Click the three dots then "Reconnect" to refresh your Bubble account. Go back to your Zap, refresh the page, and set it up how you would like. Then, turn the Zap back on and check the Plugins panel in Bubble to see if that live Zap appears.