The Scheduler Helper allows you to trigger flow runs automatically in a regular interval or just once. Thus, it is usually used as the first connector of a flow.
Note: To activate the scheduler, set the flow to status active.
On the screenshot, you see the options you have for scheduling flows:
- Start Date Time is required, as it determines the first time a flow should ever run.
- End Date Time is entirely optional as a flow may run indefinitely.
The time you take is your local time and is converted to UTC in the background. Meaning, if your browser time-zone is based in London and you set the
Start Date Timeto start at 9 am, this will trigger a flow at 10 am Central European time.
- Interval is the crucial piece of every scheduler and has the following options:
- every 5 mins - Runs every 5 minutes
- every 15 mins - Runs every 15 minutes
- every hour - runs hourly
- daily - runs every day regardless of any selection of weekdays
- weekly - runs on a weekly basis on the specified weekdays
- monthly - The flow will run monthly on the same day of the month. For example, if the start date is the 11 of March, the flow will always run on the 11th of each following month until the end date or if it is not chosen, indefinitely. Each case: If you schedule it on the 30 of June, the flow will always run on the 30th of each month, and in the case of February, having usually only 28 days, the flow will run on the last day of February. Meaning, if a month has fewer days than the chosen day, the flow will run on the last day of the month. We found that this serves most business cases and hopefully also yours.
- once - Only runs once ever
- custom - Runs according to the set Custom Interval
- Custom Interval (Minutes) needs to be used in conjunction with interval custom. The minimum interval is 5 minutes and maximum is 1440 minutes (1 day).
- Weekdays (required for interval weekly) needs to be used in conjunction with interval weekly. If no days are selected (and interval is weekly), then the flow will be scheduled to run on all days.