How to Create a Function Triggers in 8base

Custom Functions

8base has custom features that allow you to extend your GraphQL API to connect with third party apis

8base has 4 types of custom functions

Resolvers: For extending your GraphQL API Webhooks: For RESTful endpoints (GET, POST, DELETE, etc…) Triggers: For functions requiring event-based execution Tasks: For invocable and scheduled (cron) functions

On this occasion we will see that create a Triggers type functions

A trigger is a type of function that runs in response to a data mutation event (i.e, while creating, updating or deleting an object). This allows for important actions to run as callbacks to your data commits, without cluttering up client apps with web requests.

1. Create an account at 8base

In a previous article we saw in depth everything necessary to create an account and configuration, you can review the article here

2. Install the 8base CLI and Authenticate

npm install -g 8base-cli
8base login

3. Creating the project and custom functions

8base init . --functions=trigger:myCustomResolver

4. Installing dependencies and configuring the workspace

npm install
8base configure


This type of trigger is executed before the data is written to the database. It allows you to validate or modify the data before saving it in the database.

module.exports = event => {
  const { password, passwordConfirm } =

  if (password != passwordConfirm) {
    // Throwing an error will cancel the operation and data will not be inserted
    throw new Error("Passwords don't match")

  // You can modify what goes into the database
  return {
    data: {,
      status: 'confirmed',


This type of trigger is executed after the data has been successfully saved in the database. It can be used to do any post-processing or to enrich the returned data. For example, after creating a new calendar event you might want to send an email notification alerting users they were invited.

const sender = require('email-service')

module.exports = async event => {
  const { invitees } =

  let sent = false
  try {
    await sender.sendInvites(invitees)
    sent = true
  } catch (e) {
    console.error('Error sending invites: ', e)

  // You can modify the returned response
  return {
    data: {,

Trigger Response

The value returned by a trigger is allowed two properties: data and errors

return {
  data: {,
  errors: [
      message: 'Error message',
      code: 'error_code',




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