Sep 14, 2020 12:17 PM
I was able to automatically update a record with a “need to start” status when created, but I’d also like it to automatically put today’s date in as well. I’m just not sure what I should be typing in the date field. I tried typing Today, but that didn’t work.
I’m going to admit to being a total novice here so please feel free to spell it out to me like I’m five.
Sep 14, 2020 12:21 PM
Welcome to the Airtable community!
You don’t need to use an automation to put in the date that a record was created. That information is available in a formula field that uses the
CREATED_TIME() function or a created time field.
Sep 14, 2020 02:10 PM
Ok. So there’s no way to use the new automation function for this? I’m surprised it even lets me pick a date/time field then.
Sep 14, 2020 02:34 PM
What you want can be done with automations, but it isn’t as simple as you would like.
You can update a date field with an automation, but where is the date coming from? Currently the “Update record” action can only update fields with fixed data, data from the record, or data from a linked record.
You could create a new formula field that returns the current date, and update your date field with that formula field.
Eventually, the “Update record” might have the ability to put in a formula that provides the current date, but automations is still a very new platform and that doesn’t exist yet.
However, since you can get the date a record was created without automations, why do you need an automation to get it?
Sep 15, 2020 05:07 AM
In my case because it’s a default value / date that can be overwritten.
Formulas for values would a great addition. :slightly_smiling_face:
Sep 15, 2020 10:39 AM
Eventually Airtable will probably allow formulas for values in automations. Until then, we need to put the formulas in a formula field or similar.
Here is one way to do put the date/time a record was created in an editable field using automations:
Jan 12, 2022 02:42 AM
Hi There, I found this article looking for a solution to a similar problem. What I did in the end is I created a new column in the base with the CREATED_TIME() formula and hid it, and then used data from this column in the “Update Record” automation.
Feb 23, 2022 05:52 AM
I wanted to do something as simple as using a “NOW()” date. I couldn’t use a CREATED_AT() value which is in the past for my use-case.
Sep 06, 2022 06:47 AM
Did anyone find a workaround for this? That doesn’t involve unnecessary fields…
Sep 27, 2022 06:12 AM
To do this for the current date:
output.set("date", new Date().toISOString())
datefrom this action and use it to populate date fields.
Nov 20, 2022 12:07 PM
The new Date() object is not getting today’s date unfortuantely
Nov 20, 2022 01:19 PM
This is probably a timezone issue.