What are actions in Tines?

The building blocks to your automation stories in Tines

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Written by Ruairí Galavan
Updated over a week ago

Actions are the building blocks of all Tines automation stories. Actions can perform a number of functions, including interaction with 3rd-party tools and services. Once you drag an action onto the storyboard in Tines, you have started building your first story in Tines!

Actions emit events to other actions. Actions can either run on a predefined schedule or when they receive an event.

There are seven types of actions. Each action type:

  • is designed to perform a specific action.

  • has unique configuration options.

  • can receive and emit events to other action types.

Below is a brief description of each action type.

Action Type


Send Email Action

The Send Email action sends emails to recipients specified in the action options

Event Transformation Action

The Event Transformation action has several modes that modify the contents of received events

HTTP Request Action

The HTTP Request action sends HTTP requests using a variety of methods to a specified url

Receive Email Action

The Receive Email Action, formally known as the IMAP Action, emits Events when it detects new emails on an IMAP server or when emails are sent to a uniquely generated email address.

Trigger Action

The Trigger action compares the contents of a field from an incoming Event with predefined rules, when the rules match, an event emit is triggered

Webhook Action

The Webhook action will emit events it receives through Webhooks (HTTP callbacks)

Send to Story Action

The Send to Story action sends events to another Tines story (the sub-story). After the sub-story has completed its action, the Send to Story action will emit an event.

👉 For a more detailed description of each action type see here.

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