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Crack the Code: Mastering Zoho Creator Standalone Functions

This advanced guide is designed to not only boost your coding prowess within Zoho Creator but also to enhance the flexibility and efficiency of your applications. Let’s help you master standalone functions in Zoho Creator.

What are Standalone Functions?

Standalone functions in Zoho Creator are independent blocks of code that you can invoke from multiple places within your application. The beauty of these functions lies in their reusability and the ease of maintenance they offer. Instead of updating multiple workflow rules or functions when a change is needed, you simply update the standalone function, and the changes automatically apply wherever the function is used.

Key Benefits and Uses

  1. Decoupled Code for Easy Maintenance: Standalone functions allow for a cleaner and more maintainable codebase. Since these functions are independent, any changes made are automatically reflected wherever they are called.
  2. Versatile Deployment: Whether you need to trigger an API request, manipulate data, or use them for advanced filtering in lookup fields and reports, standalone functions are up to the task.
  3. Enhanced Debugging and Testing: With standalone functions, testing specific blocks of code becomes straightforward. You can execute a function directly with test parameters, making debugging a breeze.

Getting Started with Standalone Functions

Josh walks us through creating a standalone function that syncs data between Zoho Creator and Zoho CRM. This process involves:

  • Copying existing code from a workflow rule.
  • Creating a new standalone function and specifying its properties (language, namespace, return type, and arguments).
  • Adjusting the code to work independently, including fetching records based on input parameters.
  • Deploying the function in various application areas, such as workflow rules, buttons, and scheduled functions.

Advanced Applications

Josh also demonstrates how standalone functions can be utilized for advanced filtering in reports and lookup fields. By returning a list of IDs or other criteria, standalone functions can dynamically filter data presented in your application based on complex logic that goes beyond Zoho Creator’s standard filtering capabilities.

Implementing Standalone Functions

Here’s a quick step-by-step on setting up your first standalone function:

  1. Identify the Need: Determine the repetitive code blocks across your application.
  2. Create the Function: In Zoho Creator, navigate to Functions and select New Function. Input your code, configure its properties, and save.
  3. Deploy and Test: Use your function in workflow rules, buttons, or any part of your application. Test thoroughly to ensure it behaves as expected.


Standalone functions are a game-changer for Zoho Creator developers, offering unparalleled flexibility, efficiency, and maintainability. By incorporating these into your Zoho Creator applications, you can significantly streamline your development process and create more robust, dynamic applications.

We hope this tutorial inspires you to explore standalone functions in your Zoho Creator projects. For more pro tips on Zoho Creator visit our FREE Resource Library.

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