You can add a JavaScript function for:

  • Computing Group Totals (locally or remotely), or fetching a numeric value such as the Num. of items in stock.
  • For HTTP requests, e.g. posting a form when clicking a button (see the last example)

Function Argument (Payload)

  • Group: describes the Group content.
  • Button: describes its parent Group content.

When does it execute?

  • Group: on File load, and on payload-relevant changes.
  • Button: when clicked in Designer.

Return Value

  • Group: has to be a number (or numeric string) and becomes the Total.
  • Button: is ignored.

Technical details

For security, functions run inside Web Workers. Therefore, there are limitations, like no direct DOM manipulation.

The code timeouts after 8 seconds. Therefore, if you open a File that has a JavaScript code error, you’ll see a spinner until it times out. Similarly, if the execution on a Button fails, and the Button has more actions, they’ll execute after the timeout.


This example has Keys (they’re explained in the next section, but take a look at them here first).

Key Editor showing set keys

GroupCode. The JavaScript editor pre-populates a snippet that sums numeric Elements that have Keys. In this example:

function (group) {
  const side_a = group.side_a.value
  const side_b = group.side_b.value
  return side_a + side_b

After hitting Apply, the Total will be computed by that function. And it will recompute when the Elements change.

Key Editor

Keys are for referencing specific Groups or Elements in the payload, and/or in custom CSS Stylesheet. They don’t have to be unique, when repeated the last one wins.

ViewKey Editor

The name suggestions are based on the Group Title or Element Label.

Key Editor showing suggestions

With the Keys set.

Key Editor with accepted keys

Key Grammar

Case-sensitive and must begin with a letter. Then, they can have underscores and digits.

name   last_name   LastName2  
_name   1name


The payload, the argument passed to each function, describes the Group that houses the JavaScript function and its children. Each child is a description of either an Element, or a Nested Group.

If you want Elements or Totals from other Groups, connect them to the Group with the function. By the way, those connected targets can be Hidden in Designer.

Hidable children show up in the payload, so you can use them for API keys, tokens, etc.

Like in Formulas, Nested Groups get computed first. Therefore, their Totals are ready to use in the parent payload — asynchronous code is supported.

Tip There’s a Download Payload Mock button that shows the exact argument the function will be called with.

Group (Root or Nested)

  • key String
  • value Group Total as a Number
  • stringValue Group Total as a String
  • children Array, in order, of the Elements and Nested Groups
  • isNumeric Boolean, true if the Group has a numeric Total. As Totals can only be numeric, this is like a hasTotal. But as Elements also have an isNumeric property, this consistent naming is handy for cases like the Max example below


  • key String
  • value Number if it’s numeric; 1 or 0 if it’s a Checkbox; String otherwise
  • stringValue
  • struck Boolean for Strikethrough
  • label String
  • isNumeric Boolean


Sum All

function (group) {
  return group.children
    .reduce((sum_so_far = 0, child) => sum_so_far + child.value)

That function is like Formula PresetsSum All, but the actual preset does more checks, see the next example.


Equivalent to Formula PresetsMaximum.

Ensures computing on numeric children that aren’t struck. And handles when there are none by returning an empty string.

Although Nested Groups have no struck property, it’s safe to filter it.

function (group) {
  const values = group.children
    .filter(child => child.isNumeric && !child.struck)
    .map(child => child.value)

  return values.length
    ? Math.max(...values)
    : ''

Count children costing 50 or more

function (group) {
  return group.children
    .filter(child => child.value >= 50)

Sum children costing over 50

function (group) {
  return group.children
    .filter(child => child.value > 50)
    .reduce((sum_so_far = 0, child) => sum_so_far + child.value)

Stepped Discounts

The price gets a 15% discount if buying 10 or more, or 25% on 50+.

Two cards setup two compute a discounted price

The Auxiliary Group code:

function (group) {
  const num_of_items = group.num_of_items.value
  const base_price   = group.base_price.value
  const discounts    = group.volume_discounts.children

  let discount_so_far = 0
  for (const discount of discounts)
    if (num_of_items >= Number(discount.label))
      discount_so_far = discount.value

  return base_price * (1 - discount_so_far)

Examples with HTTP Requests

This repository has the server-side handlers for these examples.


Group with an Auxiliary Element for passing a parameter to a remote API for setting its Group Total with the response
function (group) {
  const product_id = group.product_id.value
  return fetch(`http://localhost:7000/in-stock-count/${product_id}`)
    .then(response => response.json())
    .then(data => data.count)


Group with an Auxiliary Element for passing a parameter to a remote API for use as API key. And two other Elements the sides of a triangle for computing its hypotenuse in a server side API.
function (group) {
  return fetch('http://localhost:7000/hypotenuse', {
    body: JSON.stringify(group),
    method: 'POST',
    headers: new Headers({ 'Content-Type': 'application/json' })
    .then(response => response.json())
    .then(data => data.hypotenuse)

HTTP Post Button

A Group with a Button with a JavaScript action
function (group) {
  return fetch('http://localhost:7000/form-submit', {
    body: JSON.stringify(group),
    method: 'POST',
    headers: new Headers({ 'Content-Type': 'application/json' })
    .then(() => '')
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