How to create a trigger

This tutorial will show how to create a trigger in Altair SmartWorks. We suppose you know the basics of working in Altair SmartWorks. If you are a newcomer you might want to visit the Get started with Altair SmartWorks tutorial and Altair SmartWorks entities documentation page.


The Altair SmartWorks hierarchy is "project" → "service" → "group" → "device", and a trigger must be associated to a service. Each data received by a device of that service will launch the trigger to push the data.

To set the trigger, is necessary to specify the URL, parameters and headers, if needed.

Trigger composition:

  • Name, for easy location
  • Description
  • Max retries: when Altair SmartWorks push data, it is possible that the counter part is unreachable. This field defines the maximum number of retries for pushing a single data
  • Push frequency: define the number of minutes that Altair SmartWorks will wait before pushing the data. 0 is for enqueuing the data immediately
  • Id service: is mandatory to associate devices below
  • External configuration is the main HTTP configuration:
    • URL (mandatory), for example
    • Verb: GET, POST, PUT or DELETE
    • Http auth: if you need provide a username and password when you make a request
    • Payload: Only for POST and PUT methods. Its sent in the body of the request
  • Be sure to have your trigger enabled if you want it to be executed



In this tutorial we will follow a simple example:

Suppose that we are receiving two data in Altair SmartWorks: "temperature" and "humidity".

The data stream will contain the following information:

We want to push the "temperature" to another external service ( when receiving the data.

To create a trigger go to the control panel, then to “Rules” → “Trigger (Push)”. Then click on the new button.

When Altair SmartWorks receives a data stream it will fire the trigger.

Fill the fields and save the new trigger

  • Name: The name that you prefer
  • Description: The description that you prefer
  • Max retries: 2
  • Push frequency: 5
  • Enabled: Checked
  • Id service: The Id_service that you prefer
  • URL:
  • Verb: POSt
  • User: Leave empty
  • Password: Leave empty
  • Payload: Temp=%%%temperature%%%

Note that you must type the "data name" like "%%%name%%%" to access the value. This way you can build the "payload" as you like.

  • Create a trigger

To test your trigger you only need to send a data stream to a device of the associated service and you will receive it in the defined URL.