How to Get Started with Paths on Zapier#

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Paths let you build advanced workflows to run different actions based on conditions you decide. Paths are Zapier's conditional logic tool. Think of Paths as If/then logic: if A happens in your trigger app, then do this, if B happens then do something else, and so on.

With Paths, you set up specific rules and decide to run different actions for each rule. You can add up to three paths in your Zap, and three nested paths—paths within a path.

Paths are a great way to build powerful Zaps. No need to duplicate your workflows or write a line of code, one single Zap manages all the outcomes you can think of.

Getting Started#

There are two ways to add a Path in a Zap. After you set up your trigger app:

  • You can select “Path” from the sidebar app picker

  • Or select Paths in the app picker

Click on the path icon “A” in your Paths group to build your first path. Give it a name and a color—to easily identify it in the future. Click on “Continue” to set up the rules you want to apply to this path.

Setting your Path Rules#

Path rules—or conditions—work like Filter conditions. When setting up your path rules, you need to fill three pieces of information.

  • The Field, which you choose from the leftmost dropdown. It tells your Zap what specific data from your trigger to filter against.

  • The Rule, which you choose from the center dropdown. This is the logic applied by your path.

  • The Value, which you input in the right-most field. This is the value your rule checks against the logic.

If you want to add a rule, use the "+ AND" button to create an AND rule, which means the data must pass all rules in order for the path to continue.

Use the "+ OR " button to create an OR rule, which means only one path rule needs to be met for the path to continue.

Testing your Path Rules#

Click on “Test & Continue” to test your path rules with the sample data you selected in your trigger app. You’ll get the information that your Zap would or would not have continued in this path based on your sample data. You can expand your data sample by clicking on it to get more details.

If everything worked as expected move on to set up your next step for this path by clicking on “Continue”.

Adding Steps to your Path#

You can add steps to a path just like adding a step in a Zap. Please note that you need to add at least one action step before building another path. You can go back and edit your actions steps in a path at any time—by clicking on your path icon.

After setting up your path rules, select the action step you want to perform for this path from the app picker.

Adding more Paths#

You can add up to three Paths in your Zap. To add another path, go back to your Paths group in the sidebar, click on the icon “B” to add a second path, and on the “+” button to add a third path. You need to define the rules for every path you build. Follow the same process as previously to set up your second and third path.

Adding a Nested Path#

You can add paths within a path—called nested paths. To do that, after setting up your path rules select “Paths” in the app picker to create a nested Paths group.

Nested Paths work like Paths. Click on the path icon to get started, name it, define its rules, and set up the steps you want to perform for each nested path.

Navigating between your Paths#

You can close a path at any time by clicking on “Save & Close” at the top right corner. And re-open your path by clicking on its icon.

You can also navigate between your Paths and nested Paths by using the Path Dropdown.

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