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Check triggerBody for existence of a property without crashing

Hi - how do I check for the existence of a field in the triggerBody? I cannot check for null or empty as this crashes if the property actually doesnt exist. These do not work @equals(triggerBody()['partnerId'], null) or @empty(triggerBody()['partnerId']) if "partnerId" doesnt exist. I need to check as my HTTP request can occasionally not send the required property.

 

Any ideas?

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Re: Check triggerBody for existence of a property without crashing

this was solved by using the @contains function as in @contains(triggerBody(), 'partnerId')

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Re: Check triggerBody for existence of a property without crashing

this was solved by using the @contains function as in @contains(triggerBody(), 'partnerId')

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Kudo Kingpin
Kudo Kingpin

Re: Check triggerBody for existence of a property without crashing

It does not really work for me

 

This still fails because genius MS Flow tries to evaluate `body('Start_single_approval')['comments']` expression even if you wrap it with if(contains()) 

 

if(contains(body('Start_single_approval'), '"comments": '), body('Start_single_approval')['comments'] ,'')

 

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Advocate II
Advocate II

Re: Check triggerBody for existence of a property without crashing

I also have the same issue where the contains function doesn't work checking for the existance of a property in an array. Exactly the same logic (i.e. within an If statement).

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Kudo Kingpin
Kudo Kingpin

Re: Check triggerBody for existence of a property without crashing

I could not find anything that can properly check for properties to exist...

 

The only ugly workaround is to create 3 scopes:

  • Try  - try to access a property that might not exist. If it does not exist - we fail and go to the next step
  • Catch - Run only if the previous scope fails
  • Finally - Run in any case

 

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Kudo Kingpin
Kudo Kingpin

Re: Check triggerBody for existence of a property without crashing

Created request for a function that check if property exists: https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/Flow-Ideas/Add-an-ability-to-check-if-property-exists-in-an-obje...

 

Please, upvote if you face the same problem.

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Kudo Kingpin
Kudo Kingpin

Re: Check triggerBody for existence of a property without crashing

I haven't tested it yet, but @xilef suggests using '?' approach. Seems promising to me:



if(empty(body('ApprovalByAnyDirector')?['comments']), 'None', body('ApprovalByAnyDirector')?['comments'])

  

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Advocate I
Advocate I

Re: Check triggerBody for existence of a property without crashing

Tried it...even tried with not()...does not work

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Super User

Re: Check triggerBody for existence of a property without crashing

Thanks @LaurenceL , exactly what I was looking for. 

contains(triggerBody(), 'thing') worked great for me. 

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