Refreshing lookup and aggregation field values

Modified 4 years ago

Sometimes, the source data in lookup and aggregation fields can change while a user is working on a form. 

By default, those values are retrieved when the form is first submitted and they don’t update as the item moves through the workflow. 

However, as a Process Admin, you can choose to refresh lookup and aggregation fields in the form at certain steps in the workflow. When the user clicks an action button, the values in lookup and aggregation fields are refreshed and updated.  

When should I refresh my form’s lookup and aggregation fields?

  • When your source data is constantly changing or updating
  • When new data may be added throughout the workflow that can change the values 

How do I enable refreshing fields?

Go to the Permissions tab in the process editor. Select any step and scroll down to the bottom of the form. Click Configure actions. Hover over either the Submit, Reject, Withdraw, or Send back action and click Advanced.

Under Refresh Fields choose the required lookup or aggregation fields that need to be refreshed.

Refreshing table fields

If the field that you want to refresh is in a table, go to Select Table, and click Add Table Fields. Choose the form table and then select the lookup or aggregation field that you want to refresh. You can select multiple fields from the same table.



If your form does not have a table, you  will not see the Add Table Fields button. If your table does not have lookup or aggregation fields, you will see a message that says No items found in the dropdown.

Validations and refreshing fields

Validations that you set up for Advanced Action settings are impacted by refreshing fields. 

For example, let’s say you have a validation that ensures a budget amount does not go below zero. At the first step, the budget was positive and it passed the validation. However, at a later step, the values may change as a result of a refresh and the budget amount may go below zero. In this case, the item cannot be advanced. 


  • If you delete the lookup or aggregation field, the refresh configuration will disappear automatically. 
  • When the user tries to submit an item if the lookup values are deleted. However, if the lookup field is made mandatory, then the validation will be fired.

Learn how to refresh lookup and aggregation field in leave or PTO request process.

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