Defining Object Actions

Defining Object Actions

Available Liferay 7.4 U60+/GA60+

Object actions define operations that you can run manually or automatically for object entry events.

To add an action,

  1. Open the Global Menu ( Global Menu ), go to the Control Panel tab, and click Objects.

  2. Begin editing an object definition.


    For Liferay 7.4 U22+/GA22+, you can add actions to system objects.

  3. Go to the Actions tab and click Add ( Add Button ).

  4. In the Basic Info tab, enter a Name and Description for the action.

    Enter an action name and description in the Basic Info tab.

  5. Go to the Action Builder tab to define the custom trigger, conditions, and action.

    Go to the Action Builder tab to define a custom trigger, conditions, and action.

  6. Specify a trigger event to determine when the action is performed.

    Trigger Description
    On After Add When an entry is added
    On After Attachment Download When an entry attachment is downloaded
    On After Delete When an entry is deleted
    On After Update When an entry is updated
    Standalone Triggered manually

    All triggers besides standalone are automatic. Standalone triggers are for running any type of action manually. See Using Manual Actions for more information.

    Determine when the action is performed.

  7. (Optional) Enable a condition for automatic triggers. Click Code ( Code ) to view available expressions.

    On Liferay 7.4 U33+/GA33+, Liferay validates the condition’s syntax when you click Done. If the expression is invalid, Liferay displays an error message. See Expression Builder Validations Reference for more information on available fields, operators, and functions.

    Use expressions to set additional conditions for the trigger.

  8. Select the type of action to perform and fill out all additional fields.

    Type Description
    Notification Send email or user notifications using a predefined template.
    Add an Object Entry Create entries in an active object.
    Update an Object Entry Update fields in the current object entry.
    Webhook Deliver a payload to a URL.
    Groovy Script Execute custom Groovy scripts.

    Groovy script actions are only available for Liferay Experience Cloud Self-Managed and Liferay DXP Self-Hosted.

    See Understanding Action Types for more information.

  9. Click Save.

Once created, the action is active and triggered according to your configuration.

You can deactivate an action from its Basic Info tab. Toggle the Active switch and click Save.

Toggle the Active switch to deactivate the action.