Trigger is the starting point of every automation. It looks for a specific event or a condition to happen, and launches the automation flow when it occurs. The automation can be run manually, based on the schedule or the event. There is a trigger type for each case.

Webhook triggers are not available in the early beta. You will be able to use them in the upcoming releases.

Trigger Types

Skyvia provides Manual, Connection, Run on Schedule, and Webhook trigger types. Choose one of them to define what type of event triggers the automation.


Choose Manual to start automation on demand by pressing Run on the automation management pane.


Run on Schedule

Сhoose Run on Schedule to set a schedule for the automation runs or create a delayed run.


Schedule Settings

Setting Description
Recurrence Includes two options: One-Time and Recurring, to either set a delayed start or create a schedule
Run Every Defines the frequency of the automation runs.
Time Defines the time of the day to run the automation.
Starting Defines the starting date of the schedule.
Time Zone Required Parameter. Defines the time zone to line up with a schedule.

Connection Triggers

Connection trigger is set up to monitor a specific event or condition in the chosen data source. When the event occurs, trigger detects it and creates a queued execution. If there is no active execution, it starts the automation. You can check and modify the queue and status of executions on the monitor tab.

Connection triggers are connector-specific, trigger availability depends on the chosen connection.

Connection Trigger Types

Currently, only the Polling Trigger type is available in Connection triggers. Polling triggers check the data source for events according to the time interval specified in the Polling Interval setting. For example, the New Record trigger below checks the Account object for new records every 30 minutes and compares the start date of the check with the record’s CreatedDate value. If it finds a record that appeared since the last check, Skyvia creates a queued execution for each new record and adds it to the end of the queue. If there are no active executions, Skyvia runs the Automation. If there is an active execution, newly added executions will run according to their position in the queue. You will get the values of the selected columns in the Trigger payload.


When the check starts, Skyvia creates a current check timestamp, looks for the updates since the last check, and makes the current check timestamp a starting point for the future checks. When you disable the automation, polling trigger stops checking for the events. Next time you enable the automation it starts checking from either the last check date or the last event found depending on the Connector used in your automation.

Connection Trigger Settings

Trigger settings differ from trigger to trigger, while also depending on the chosen Connector. For example, New Record trigger will have a different set of settings for SQL Server and Salesforce connections.

Poll Interval

Each polling trigger has a poll interval setting that determines the time interval between the event checks. Note, that the less the interval is, the more API calls will be involved.

Trigger Condition

Each connection trigger has a Trigger condition setting. Use it to filter and validate your events before the automation execution. To set up a trigger condition, select Expression, and use Expression Editor. Columns that you choose in the trigger settings will be available as properties in the Expression Editor.

Error Example

If the expression is not valid you will recieve an error message notification. For example, if you forget to cover your string value with quotes you will receive the following error, as Skyvia treats Hire as an object in this case:

Error Example

You may face the case when the expression is valid, but the error appears during the processing of data by the expression. For example, the MyAge == int32(Age) expression is valid but if Age returns an invalid string, you will receive an error during the automation execution and it will be completed with a failed status. To track the failure reason, use the Debug page. In the case described above you will see a trigger-related error.

Trigger Payload

Each trigger can have its payload generated by the event. To return field values to the automation scope, select them from the columns dropdown. In the example below ID, Name, and Rating values will be added to the automation scope. You can check the payload in the Tigger’s output.