What Can You Do With Airtable Scripting?


Heather Bennett

Airtable Scripting is a powerful feature that allows you to extend the functionality of your Airtable bases. With scripting, you can automate repetitive tasks, create custom calculations, and even build complex workflows. In this article, we will explore some of the exciting things you can do with Airtable Scripting.

Automate Repetitive Tasks

One of the main benefits of using scripting in Airtable is the ability to automate repetitive tasks. For example, let’s say you have a base that contains a list of sales leads. With scripting, you can automatically send follow-up emails to each lead after a certain number of days have passed since their last contact.

Using scripting:

// Get all records from the ‘Leads’ table
let leads = base.getTable(‘Leads’).selectRecords();

// Iterate through each lead and check if follow-up is needed
leads.records.forEach((lead) => {
if (lead.getCellValue(‘Last Contact Date’) < Date.now() - 7 * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000) { // Send follow-up email sendFollowUpEmail(lead.getCellValue('Email')); // Update Last Contact Date lead.set('Last Contact Date', new Date()); // Save changes back to Airtable leads.saveRecordAsync(lead); } }); ``` This simple script will automatically send a follow-up email to any lead whose last contact date is more than a week ago. It will also update the last contact date in the base and save the changes back to Airtable.

Create Custom Calculations

Another useful aspect of Airtable Scripting is the ability to create custom calculations. Let’s say you have a base that tracks expenses for different projects. With scripting, you can easily calculate the total expenses for each project and display the results in a separate field.

// Get all records from the ‘Expenses’ table
let expenses = base.getTable(‘Expenses’).selectRecords();

// Initialize an object to store total expenses for each project
let projectExpenses = {};

// Iterate through each expense and calculate the total for each project
expenses.forEach((expense) => {
let projectId = expense.getCellValue(‘Project ID’);
let amount = expense.getCellValue(‘Amount’);

if (!projectExpenses[projectId]) {
projectExpenses[projectId] = 0;

projectExpenses[projectId] += amount;

// Update the ‘Total Expenses’ field for each project
for (let projectId in projectExpenses) {
let projectsTable = base.getTable(‘Projects’);
let record = projectsTable.selectRecords().getRecordById(projectId);

record.set(‘Total Expenses’, projectExpenses[projectId]);


This script will calculate the total expenses for each project in the ‘Expenses’ table and update the ‘Total Expenses’ field in the ‘Projects’ table accordingly.

Build Complex Workflows

With Airtable Scripting, you can also build complex workflows that involve multiple tables and perform advanced operations. For example, let’s say you have a base that tracks inventory and sales. With scripting, you can automatically update inventory quantities based on sales transactions.

// Get all records from the ‘Sales’ table
let sales = base.getTable(‘Sales’).selectRecords();

// Iterate through each sale and update inventory quantities
sales.forEach((sale) => {
let product = sale.getCellValue(‘Product’);

// Get current inventory quantity for this product
let inventoryTable = base.getTable(‘Inventory’);
let inventoryRecord = inventoryTable.find((record) => {
return record.getCellValue(‘Product’) === product;

let quantitySold = sale.getCellValue(‘Quantity’);
let currentQuantity = inventoryRecord.getCellValue(‘Quantity’);

// Update inventory quantity
inventoryRecord.set(‘Quantity’, currentQuantity – quantitySold);

// Save changes back to Airtable

This script will update the inventory quantities in the ‘Inventory’ table based on the sales transactions recorded in the ‘Sales’ table.


Airtable Scripting opens up a wide range of possibilities for extending and customizing your bases. Whether you want to automate repetitive tasks, create custom calculations, or build complex workflows, scripting allows you to do it all.

So why not give it a try and take your Airtable bases to the next level?

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