Actions
In Mechanic, an action is an instruction for performing work that has an effect. Actions are generated by tasks, in response to events. Each action has a type, specifying the class of operation to be performed, and options, providing specifics about what that operation will do.
Actions are defined by tasks using action objects, which are simple JSON objects specifying an action's type and options. Action objects can be constructed using the action tag.
Actions are performed asynchronously, which means their results are only accessible after the conclusion of the related task and action run (See Responding to action results).

Action types

An action type determines the class of operation to be performed. While actions may vary greatly, there are only a few action types.
Action
Purpose
​Cache​
Performing operations on the store's Mechanic cache
​Echo​
Debugging; displays the options that it is provided, with no side-effects
​Email​
Sending transactional email
​Event​
Generating custom user events
​Files​
Generating files of various types, storing them at a temporary Mechanic-provided URL
​FTP​
Performing FTP file uploads and downloads
​HTTP​
Performing HTTP requests

Integrations

Mechanic maintains a set of integration actions, offering first-class support for several external services.
Action
Integrated service
Purpose
​Flow​
Shopify Flow
Sending customer, order, product, and general triggers to Shopify Flow
​Shopify​
Shopify Admin API
Sending requests to the Shopify Admin API, supporting both REST and GraphQL
​Report Toaster​
Report Toaster
Requesting reports from Report Toaster, or updating data within Report Toaster
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