Flow: How To Use “Create Records”

There are three possible scenarios when using “Create Records” element in flow, ordered by the frequency of usage:

1. Create one, using separate resources

This is the most-used option by me. You type in the object to create, and then you can manually assign the values using either ad-hoc strings, or resources that you set up earlier in this flow.

flow create records - setup

By checking “Manually assign variables”, you can save the ID of the created record at a chosen variable.

Use CaseExplanation
You want the variable to have a neat name to reference it later.When the option is not chosen, the name of the auto-variable will be [ObjectId] From [API name of the Create Records element] (ex. AccountId From Create_New_Account). If you assign the variable yourself, then you can name it NewID for example, which is more readable.
You want to save this ID in an output-allowed variable.
The auto-created variable is not allowed for output. If you want to use this functionality, create a output-allowed variable and assign it manually.
What is input/output-allowed variable? See here!

flow create records - setup
Voila! Account created!
2. Create one, using all values from a record

If you have a variable storing all the values you need to create a record, you can also choose “Use all values from a record”.

flow create records - setup
Use CaseExplanation
You have used Get Records, and you want to clone that record directly or after some modification.When a Get Records element is used, a variable with the values from that record will be created. If you want to clone that record, simply use this instead of assigning the value field by field.
A record can easily be cloned by using this option!
3. Create multiple, using record collection

To create multiple records at once, you can only use a record collection variable, and save the required field values into each item in the collection.

What is a collection variable – see here!

flow create records - setup
Use CaseExplanation
You might have a loop in your flow which will generate several records and save them in a collection, then you create all the records at once .
The outcome is actually the same if you put the Create Records into the loop:

However never do this because you might hit the governor limit! (If your loop runs 10 iterations, Create Records will run 10 times).
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Katie

How can I access the record Ids created by the “create records” node if it is creating multiple records? I need to be able to display all of the records created.