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Custom Actions

Getting Started with Custom Actions

Custom Actions are a powerful feature of our automation suite, allowing you to write and execute your own JavaScript code within automations. You can even share these Custom Actions with others!

Structure of Actions

A Custom Action comprises three parts:
  • Input: The data that you want to pass into the action. This is defined via the UI.
  • Output: The data that the action returns. This is also defined via the UI.
  • Script: The JavaScript code that processes the input and generates the output.
To learn more about Inputs and Outputs, see this article.

The Script

Your script will run inside a V8 sandbox environment, which supports ES2020 syntax and exposes standard JavaScript APIs (e.g., Math, String, Array, etc.).


In addition to vanilla JavaScript APIs, you can also import and use certain packages within your scripts. Currently, the following packages are available:
Click on the links to access detailed documentation for each package.

Scripting Environment

The sandbox environment imports your script as a module, and it should export a function as default. This function receives a context object as the first argument. The context.inputs property contains the input values passed to the action, as defined by the inputs.
Your function (which can be asynchronous) should return an object with keys that match those defined in the outputs.


Here is a basic example of a script that makes a GET request:
import http from "@compass/http";
export default async function(context) {
const data = await http.get(context.inputs.url);
return {
responseData: data,
In this script, the url is passed as an input, and the resulting data is returned as an items output.
Custom Actions provide an incredibly flexible way to extend the capabilities of our automation suite, and we're excited to see what you'll build with them!