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Flow: Existing item is modified triggers when a new item is created in Sharepoint list


How do I resolve this?


I have two flows and both are being triggered when a new item is created. Flow issue.png


yes, i am also facing same issue, created and modified are different in Item create, how to handle it?

Take a look at this blog post. Using this API call does not trigger another instance of the same Flow.

@wnzn There is one trigger called : When an existing item is modified  in this Flow Template . Maybe the use got it from there. 

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Hi Kris, 


I have tried your solution but when I enter 

@equals(triggerBody()?['Created'], triggerBody()?['Modified'])

I get an error saying "The expression is invalid". Has anything changed since your post?



You need to add one part of the condition (created) in the left input box and the other part (modified) in the right input box. 🙂 

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FOUND HIDDEN ON MODIFY TRIGGER ACTION - I was also having trouble due to the Created & Modified times being 1 minute apart from one another (even when it truly was a new Item), so I found a Template that claims it Triggers solely on a Modified Existing Item. Use this Template and then change out the subsequent actions (after the Trigger action) to what you need!Flow Template - trigger on Modify.PNG

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Still not working. Any suggestions? my flow is constantly looping endlessly. Is there an option to stay execute once and stop afterwards?

No, as every instance of your Flow is unaware of other runs.


As I suggested, you can update your current item by calling the SharePoint REST API and using the ValidateUpdateListITem() method.




The body of your call should look like this:

		{"FieldName": "FileLeafRef", "FieldValue": "Rename.docx"},
		{"FieldName": "Title", "FieldValue": "New Title"}
	"bNewDocumentUpdate": true

Where you add each field you want to update in the formValues object.


By setting the bNewDocumentUpdate to true, you say to SharePoint that this is a "system update" so there is no new version created and the Flow is not triggered again.


You can find more information about supported fields at the bottom of this post:


I LOVE YOU!!! Works perfectly!

Hi All, 

I am finding that a Flow triggered 'when item is created or modified' takes several minutes to be triggered when the item was modified... whereas the Flow triggers very quickly when a new item was created. Anyone else finding the same thing?

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