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How to use a variable inside curly brackets? Edited



So my idea is the following: whenever I create a new card (on my board about video games), I want to automatically fetch that game cover image and add it as an attachment (to then appear as the cover image of the card).


To realize this idea I am using a Game DB API and Butler to fetch that cover image and then add it as an attachment.


This is my current Butler workflow:



My issue here is with the second POST. I have made several tests and came to the conclusion that the issue is with using a variable inside curly brackets like it is happening in the POST header: { "client-id": "???", "authorization": "Bearer {httpresponse.access_token}" }


On my tests, I also tried adding a comment with the following format "{ {httpresponse.access_token} }" and it saved with exactly that text (i.e. did not replace the variable with its value). But if I used "{httpresponse.access_token}" then it worked correctly.


My question is then: is there a way to use variables inside curly brackets in Butler commands?


Thank you!

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To whomever finds himself in the same predicament as me, I leave the solution that worked for me that was achieved with the help from the Trello Support team.


Basically, it is not possible to use the `httpresponse` variable inside a JSON object (i.e. inside curly brackets) due to the way that the variable is handled (tip: has to do with regex parsing).


So the solution is to store the value that will be used inside a JSON object in another place, like a Custom Field or the card description and then use THAT variable inside the JSON object.

And that's it.


In my case, after I received the response from the first POST, I stored the {httpresponse.access_token} variable value in the card description and then for the second POST I used the card description variable to fill the header, like so: { "client-id": "???", "authorization": "Bearer {carddescription}" }

This is the flow:



Best regards!

Hi @Plutin ,

Welcome to the community!

Please follow up this documentation

Hi @Soumyadeep Mandal


Thank you for the welcome. Glad to be here :) 


Actually, I had already read that documentation. And all the others that are related to Butler ( 

Unfortunately this specific case is not mentioned. Or atleast I did not find anything mentioning this particular case of using variables inside curly brackets.


But I have done some more tests and noticed something.


I have created the following Butler rule:



And when I create a new card on the board that is using this rule, it behaves like the following:



As can be seen, the issue does not occur when using the `cardname` variable but only with the `httpresponse` variable. Which makes me ponder that the issue may be with the `httpresponse` variable and not with all variables (as I was initially thinking). It may be a bug with that particular variable.


Can someone confirm that this is really a bug?

But if not, how can I make `httpresponse` work as `cardname` does?

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Hi @Plutin ,

Wish you a very Happy New Year!

I think you have misspelled or made the wrong rule!

Delete the rules and recreate them! It was not a bug!

Happy New Year, @Soumyadeep Mandal !


As for the issue, I have recreated again the rule and it still has the same behaviour! Unfortunately :(

Hi @Plutin ,

You have written 3 different things in3 different rules in the screenshot!



{ {httpresponse.access_token} }

change all three to 


it doesn't work ask Trello support HERE

Hi @Soumyadeep Mandal ,


Just to clarify, that is only one rule but with several actions on it.

I did it that way to test the behaviour of the `httpresponse` variable (and consequentially, also with the `cardname` variable). 


Anyway, I will try contacting Trello Support by using the link that you provided. 


Thank you for all your support with this. I really appreciate it :)

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