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  • 1.  Pipelines step limitation

    Posted 03-07-2022 13:55
    In the Pipelines help article it states there is a step limit of 26. I have found that you can add more than 26 steps and it even seems to complete them all. I have ran a Pipeline with 30 steps that completed the final step, they were all using the Quickbase channel. I am using the Bulk Record Sets: Remove Record(s) step for every step in my Pipeline except the first which is a trigger based on a record being deleted.

    Is anyone aware of how this limitation is actually imposed on a Pipeline?

    I know that using the Quickbae channel is said to have no billable steps used, is the 26 step limit of a Pipeline based on billable steps only?

    For a step to be counted towards the 26 step total does the step need to actually find records? Or is a step simply an entry in the Pipeline no matter if it finds records or not?

    Those are the only things I can come up with as far as why I am able to seemingly go past the 26 step limit. If anyone has any additional insight here that would be awesome. Even better if Evan or another staff member could clarify things here for me.

  • 2.  RE: Pipelines step limitation

    Posted 03-09-2022 12:57
    I am still looking for help here. If anyone has any insight into Pipelines beyond 26 steps that would be very much appreciated. @Evan Martinez Tagging you just in case you may be able to help. I know you are fairly active on the board usually.​

  • 3.  RE: Pipelines step limitation

    Posted 03-10-2022 10:15
    I haven't personally tried this, but I will have to in the near future. My first guess would be to have as many steps as possible on the first pipeline, then create a second, callable, pipeline to complete the rest of the steps. Once the first pipeline completes as much as it can, have the last step be to call the next pipeline.

    Just a thought, let me know if it works!

    Sean Connaughton

  • 4.  RE: Pipelines step limitation

    Posted 03-10-2022 10:56
    That can work but with how fragile Pipelines tend to be it worries me using 2 for one task where if one fails it leaves orphaned records. If I am going to put this in Pipelines I would prefer it to be in one rather than splitting it up.

    I think chances are it will just need to be put into a more robust service that can actually handle things like this.

  • 5.  RE: Pipelines step limitation

    Posted 03-10-2022 19:32
    Hi Austin,

    Sorry for the delayed response I was running this back to a few people to make sure something hadn't changed since last I talked to someone. We do indeed recommend you keep your Pipelines to 26 steps or shorter, it is possible to make more steps then that but we have had some issues with Pipelines with more than 26 steps erroring and not being stable. It is something the Pipelines team is looking into though and if you want to get tied into that escalation you can put a case in with the team. In the interim I can say we do encourage users not to include 26 steps in their Pipelines and instead make the 26th step call another Pipeline to continue their automated workflows.

    Evan Martinez

  • 6.  RE: Pipelines step limitation

    Posted 01-04-2023 16:16
    Edited by Don Larson 01-04-2023 16:17
    @Evan Martinez,

    Any new guidance on Step Limits?

    I have a Pipeline that is going to be 26 Steps today and am afraid that it will just continue to grow as the business case expands with the client.

    Don Larson

  • 7.  RE: Pipelines step limitation

    Posted 01-05-2023 13:28
    I found my answer.   The feature is now greyed out.

    Don Larson

  • 8.  RE: Pipelines step limitation

    Posted 01-05-2023 13:33
    I do know that there's a whole new pipelines UI in process of being built  that will allow us to insert steps and delete steps in the middle of a pipeline.  Hopefully the redesign will expand the number of steps past 26.

    Mark Shnier (Your Quickbase Coach)

  • 9.  RE: Pipelines step limitation

    Posted 01-06-2023 10:26
    Hi Don,

    Yes I can verify that if you need to go over 26 steps we recommend breaking your process into more than one pipeline and have the first pipeline end with triggering the next to run. This is based on the way we currently index Pipelines but Mark is right in noting that an update to the Pipelines UI is being worked on and that update in part would also help to remove this limit and open up the number of steps.

    Evan Martinez