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Formula - Count

TIP: An example of real-life usage, use the Count function to get an alert if an order has less (or more) then X order rows

The count( ) Formula function is pretty straight-forward and self-explanatory function. it is used to return the number of the unique extracted values from Content.

Quick example

Let's get you started with the following example. For other, and more advanced examples please scroll down on this page to the Examples section.

Input Expression Result



Text Data count expression Unique values


count( ) function is applicable any where as long as there is valid Content parameter, it doesn't matter if the content parameter a plain text or any valid Formula Plugin function. Please notice that is the retrieved number representing the unique count of the extracted values, more on this later below.

  • Return the count of extracted values from the Content.
  • It returns the count of the unique values from Content
  • Can be applied on any valid Content that return data; Like jsonpath, xpath functions or even a plain text, review Formula user guide for complete list of functions.

This plugin loads the entire message into RAM, so make sure to apply this function on smaller messages only

How to use

To use the count function the Content parameter should contain data (otherwise it will fail and you will end up with nothing). But first and foremost we have to configure the Formula plugin:

  • Select Formula as expression type plugin.
  • Write down the expression to use in the 'Expression' text area.
  • Input a proper Content as parameter to the function.


Use the count function with any of the following parameters:

  • From Message Body: count(body)

  • From Message Context: count(context('MessageContextKey'))

  • Result from previous Formula operation count(SomeOtherNestedFormulaFunction(Content))


Below, you will find different common examples for how to use the count function.

Body as Content

"Nodinite" is the message body text, by using the provided expression the result will be 1.

e.g. count(body)


Message Body




Context as Content

"Nodinite" is the value for the corresponding key "id", by using the provided expression the result will be 1.

e.g. count(context('id'))


Message Context Value




Formula Function as Content

The message body is a JSON structure, and by using the provided expression the result will be 3. e.g. count(jsonpath('a[*].b', body))


Message Body

{a:[{b:'This'},{b:'is'},{b:'Formula Plugin'}]}


count(jsonpath('a[*].b', body))

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