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Creating Applets

The Applet creation tool is designed to help you build valuable Applets and publish them for the world to use. Your Applets can have multiple actions and custom filter code to go beyond the basic “if this, then that” paradigm. If there are terms below that you don't understand, check out the glossary.

Some tips on using the tool

  • Applet title: Be specific. This is your chance to tell the user what they should expect this Applet to do for them — approach it like you would writing an instruction manual, instead of a catchy headline. Keep it short and to the point.

  • Applet description: This is where you can add in details about triggers and actions, and any information the user should customize, such as location or a hashtag.

  • Trigger: Select the trigger that you’d like to use for the Applet. The tool allows you to select from all services on IFTTT that have at least one trigger.

  • Trigger fields: The tool allows you to either hide or show trigger fields to the user when turning on the Applet. If the value for the field should be the same for all users, fill out the field and mark it as hidden. For example, if your Applet is “Tweet new technology articles from the New York Times”, you would select “Technology” for the NY Times “Section” trigger field and then hide it. If your Applet is “Tweet new articles from a section of the New York Times” you would mark the “Section” field to be chosen by the user.

  • Queries: Coming soon is the ability to query for information to be used as filtering conditions or to provide more data to be used in an action run.

  • Filter: You can write simple filter code which dictates which actions should run based on the trigger data coming in.

  • Action(s): You can select one or more actions to run when the trigger event occurs. Add additional actions by clicking the “Add action” button. Keep in mind that users must have activated all services used in the Applet in order to turn it on.

  • Action fields: Like trigger fields, data can be pre filled and hidden in an action field or can be filled out by the user. In the case of action fields, it is important to hide any fields that don’t need to be filled out by the user. For example, if your Applet is “Tweet your Instagram photos”, you would place the Instagram “SourceURL” ingredient in the Twitter “Image URL” action field and then hide it as this is the only appropriate ingredient to have in that field. You might ask the user to fill out other types of action fields themselves such as their location, their email address, or a name of a photo album private to them. Note that action fields marked to be “chosen by the user” can include prefilled text or numbers, but cannot include prefilled ingredients.

Testing and publishing your Applets

  • When your Applet has been all filled out, click the "Preview" button to create a private version of the Applet.

  • Visit your service page to try out the Applet to make sure that it is working as expected. Private Applets can be modified based on your testing.