New! Integrate your block with the new button field

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Airtable Employee
Airtable Employee

Update (June 25, 2020): The button field is now available for all users — read more in our launch blog post:


We recently announced the public beta of the button field (New beta: button field), a new field type that allows you to trigger customizable actions with a button. It allows you to perform actions in several blocks, including “Send email with Sendgrid” and “Run script”. These actions use the record that the button was clicked from to perform the specified action.

We’re excited to announce that you can also use the button field to perform actions in custom blocks.

Here it is in action (source code below):


New APIs
Two APIs are available:

Both register your block to receive these “record action” events (button click) and give you the data corresponding to the record that the button was clicked from. See the API references for more details and examples.

The new APIs are available in SDK version 0.0.52. To upgrade to the latest version of the SDK, run npm install @airtable/blocks in your block’s directory. You can find the complete list of changes, including any breaking changes, in the changelog.

Example block code

import {Box, initializeBlock, useRecordActionData, useBase, useRecordById} from '@airtable/blocks/ui';
import React from 'react';

function RecordActionDataDemoBlock() {
    // null if no buttons have been clicked, otherwise {recordId, viewId, tableId} corresponding
    // to the last click
    const recordActionData = useRecordActionData();

    if (recordActionData === null) {
        return <Box padding={2}>Click a button!</Box>

    return <RecordActionData data={recordActionData} />;

function RecordActionData({data}) {
    const base = useBase();
    const table = base.getTableByIdIfExists(data.tableId);
    const view = table && table.getViewByIdIfExists(data.viewId);
    const record = useRecordById(view, data.recordId);

    if (!(table && view && record)) {
        return <Box padding={2}>Table, view or record was deleted.</Box>

    return <Box padding={2}>
            <li>Table: {}</li>
            <li>View: {}</li>
            <li>Record: {}</li>

initializeBlock(() => <RecordActionDataDemoBlock />);

Testing your block
You can test your development block by sending “perform record action” events to your block in the “Advanced” tab of the block developer tools. (You can quickly get the tableId/viewId/recordId format from the URL of an expanded record.)


Using your block with a button field
After your block is ready, run block release to update your block. Edit your button field to use the “Open custom block” action and select your block.


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5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast


Thanks for this. I don’t have the option ‘perform record action’ under Advanced so I can’t test out the button in my custom block. Any idea why?

Thanks in advance.

Are you running the a development version of the custom block from localhost, or are you running a released version of the custom block?

The “Perform record action” only appears when you are running a development version of the block from localhost. Then you need to add the code that uses the record action.

In order to use a button field you must be running a released version of the custom block that already has the necessary code in it.

Hey @Fatma_Ali,

I just turned on the feature flag for you. Can you refresh your browser and try again?

5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

Thanks, @Stephen_Suen and @kuovonne , I’m running the development environment of my block. Just refreshed the page it’s still not visible on my end. Screenshot 2020-07-07 at 06.58.59.

Community Manager
Community Manager

This should be fixed now — all users should be able to see this option in the blocks developer tools.