Dynamic values

When you add a text element and type in some text content like “Jane Doe,” you’re setting that text to a fixed or static value.

However, let’s say you want that text to show the name of the current user. Or you want it to show the description of the current product that the user is looking at. There needs to be a way for the user to set the text to “whatever is the current user’s name,” or “whatever is the product currently being viewed.”

Then you want that text to show a dynamic value.

Dynamic values are used all over the place in Plasmic Studio:

  • Connect element properties (e.g. text content, props, visibility, and variants) to data to build interactive user experiences.
  • Work with interactions and state
  • Optionally, transform or process data with code expressions

Dynamic values can use any data available in the project, such as from data queries, state variables, and data provided from code components.

Using dynamic values

You can usually set a dynamic value by right-clicking a property and clicking “Use dynamic value”. This will bring up the data picker, which shows you all the data available in the current component or page.

interactions 03 data picker

Fallback value

A fallback value is used if the dynamic value includes a data query that is still loading.

If you are unexpectedly seeing the fallback value, there might be an error evaluating the dynamic value. A common error is when you try to access an object that is null or undefined. You can try to fix this by using optional chaining or conditional expressions.

Missing a data query?

Data queries can only be used from the same component or page. Read the data queries documentation to learn how to fix this issue.

Missing a state variable?

If you’re not seeing a state variable from your own stateful component, you might need to configure its external access.

Video examples

Tutorial video

Connect text to dynamic data

Connect props to dynamic data

Beyond content, bind any attribute/prop to data, such as image sources, link destinations, and custom props:

Make elements repeat according to data

Conditionally show/hide elements

Use JavaScript code expressions in dynamic data

Writing code expressions

Writing code is optional. You can build many interactive experiences without writing a single line of code. However, adding just a sprinkling of code can take your projects to the next level.

If you want to transform or process data, click “Switch to Code” to open the code editor. The currently selected data will automatically be converted to code for you.

Code expressions are JavaScript code with a few limitations.

Common code expressions

TypePurposeCode expression
BooleanInvert a boolean!$state.boolean
BooleanCheck a AND b$state.a && $state.b
BooleanCheck a OR b$state.a || $state.b
BooleanInvert a boolean!$state.boolean
TextGet length of text$state.text.length
TextCheck text is not empty$state.text.length > 0
TextConcatenate text"Hello, " + $state.givenName + " " + $state.familyName
TextSubstitute text`Hello, ${$state.givenName} ${$state.familyName}`
NumberCompare a number$state.number > 0
$state.number <= 10
NumberRound a numberMath.round($state.number)
NumberRound a number downMath.floor($state.number)
NumberRound a number upMath.ceil($state.number)
NumberAdd numbers$state.a + $state.b
NumberSubtract numbers$state.a - $state.b
NumberMultiply numbers$state.a * $state.b
NumberDivide numbers$state.a / $state.b
ArrayGet length of array$state.array.length
ArrayAccess item in array$state.array[i]
ObjectAccess value in object by name
Note arrays are 0-indexed, so the first item is 0
ObjectOptional chaining
Access only if object exists
GeneralConditional expression$state.boolean ? $state.text : "Fallback text"

Special global variables

Data is referenced via a few special global variables:

Global variableDescription
$stateState variables available to the current component or page.
$propsProps passed into the current component.
$ctx.pagePathPage URL path, with path parameters filled (e.g. /products/123).
$ctx.pageRoutePage URL path (e.g. /products/[id]).
$ctx.paramsPage URL path params (e.g. /path/[path_param]/).
$ctx.queryPage URL query params (e.g. /path?query_param=<value>).
$ctx.<name>Any other data provided by code components.
$queriesObject containing data from data queries. Link to documentation
$stepsObject containing data from previous actions. Only available in interactions. Link to documentation
currentUserObject containing data about the logged-in user. Only available when auth is enabled. Link to documentation


Only the following globals are permitted:

  • Array
  • Boolean
  • Date
  • Infinity
  • Intl
  • JSON
  • Map
  • Math
  • NaN
  • Number
  • Object
  • ReferenceError
  • RegExp
  • Set
  • String
  • TypeError
  • clearInterval
  • clearTimeout
  • console
  • localStorage
  • sessionStorage
  • setInterval
  • setTimeout
  • undefined
  • window
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