Terminology#

Zap#

A Zap is the link between your apps on Zapier. A Zap is a noun, not a verb. For example, New Salesforce Contacts to Add MailChimp Subscriber would be an example of a Zap. If you wanted to move those same Salesforce contacts to an additional MailChimp account or an additional MailChimp list, that would be a second Zap. You can see all your Zaps from your Dashboard. A Zap can only have one Trigger, but multiple Actions.

Account#

An Account allows Zapier to access your data inside another app. You can have multiple Accounts for the same app. Each Account can have a label which helps you distinguish them inside Zapier.

Task#

A task is a single action performed by Zapier. A single Zap can perform many tasks. If your Zap's action is to create new Google Contacts, then you'll use one task for every contact that is created.

Trigger#

A Trigger is the event that starts a Zap. For example, if you want to automate sending a text message each time you receive an email, the "new email in inbox" is the Trigger.

Action#

An Action is an event a Zap performs. For example, if you want to send an SMS each time you receive an email, "send text message" is the Action.

Filter#

A Filter is an optional feature you apply to a Zap to only make it fire when a certain condition is met. For example, if you're sending a text message when you receive a new email, you could use a Filter that only sends a text message when the email received is from a certain address.

Zap Editor#

The Zap Editor allows you to create a Zap from scratch, giving you the ability to choose the Trigger App, Trigger, Action App, Action and, optionally, apply any Filters.

App#

An App is a web service or application, such as Google Docs, Evernote or Salesforce. Zapier offers integrations for over 750 apps, letting you move data between them or automate repetitive tasks.

Multi-Step Zap#

A single step Zap has one Trigger and one Action. If the Zap has more than one Action or includes Filters or Searches it is considered a Multi-Step Zap and is not available on the Zapier Free plan.

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