July 1, 2024

How do I Debug a Make.com Scenario

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Make.com (formerly Integromat) is an incredibly powerful automation platform that can connect various services and automate tasks, but even with its intuitive visual interface, sometimes scenarios can go awry. Debugging is a key step in ensuring your scenarios are running correctly and efficiently. Here’s how to troubleshoot common issues when your Make.com scenarios don't behave as expected.

Step 1: Check the Logs

The first step in debugging a Make.com scenario is to review the execution logs. Each run of your scenario is logged and can provide crucial information about what went right or wrong. Look for any modules with a red exclamation mark, indicating an error or some unexpected behavior. Click on the troubled module to view the error message or details.

Step 2: Examine Data Outputs

Within the execution logs, you can also examine the data outputted by each module. This can give you insights into whether the data being passed through your scenario is correct. Make sure every module is receiving and processing the expected data. Any discrepancies here can be the source of your problems.

Step 3: Test Individual Modules

Sometimes an error with the scenario might be due to a problem with a specific module. To identify this, you can run individual modules rather than the entire scenario. Right-click on the module you want to test and select "Run this module only". By isolating modules, you can pinpoint issues more directly.

Step 4: Check Credentials and Permissions

If a module is failing to connect to a third-party service, it may be due to expired credentials or insufficient permissions. Go to the connections settings of the affected module. Make sure the account is still authorized, and that all necessary permissions are granted. Sometimes reconnecting the service can resolve these issues.

Step 5: Utilize Built-In Functions

Make.com provides a series of built-in functions and tools to help with debugging. Use the filter and router tools to control the flow of data based on specified conditions. This can be crucial in handling errors or unexpected data values more gracefully and ensuring they do not derail your entire scenario.

Step 6: Look for Logic Errors

A common source of errors in Make.com scenarios can be logical mistakes in how the scenario is set up. Ask yourself if the modules are in the correct order, and if the scenario reflects the required logical flow of data and operations. Sometimes moving a module or changing a setting is all it takes to solve the problem.

Step 7: Test with Simple Data

If you're still encountering issues, try creating a simplified version of your scenario with basic input data. This can help in identifying whether the complexity of your actual data is leading to the problem, or if the issue lies with the setup itself.

Remember, the key to effective debugging is to tackle it systematically — check logs, test components individually, and reassess your scenario setup. With patience and a bit of sleuthing, you can get your Make.com scenario back on track.

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