Variables allow you to inject pieces of information dynamically into your shortcuts when executing them. A variable consists of a name and a value which is resolved at execution time, based on its type. For some variable types this means that a prompt dialog is shown that asks for a value, others can be resolved without user input.

For more details on when variables are resolved see the Execution Flow documentation.

Using Variables

You can insert a placeholder for a variable into your shortcuts' url, requests parameters, request body, authentication and header fields by clicking the "{ }" button next to the input field and selecting a variable.

When executing a shortcut that contains variable placeholders all of them are resolved according to their type.

You can also insert these placeholders into some of your variables, i.e., you can have variables reference other variables, and you can use them when writing scripts.

Variable Types

There are 10 different types of variables.

Static Variable (Constant)

A static variable or constant stores a static value, until explicitly changed. There is no prompt dialog. It can be used to store a piece of information that is shared across multiple shortcut, such as an authentication token or a domain name. This way it can easily be changed.

It is also possible to change the value of a static variable programmatically before or after a shortcut runs, e.g. to store parts of a HTTP response into it. See the Scripting documentation for more details.


The toggle type consists of a list of values. There is no prompt dialog. Every time it is used it resolves to the next value in the list. When the last value is reached it starts again from the first.


The multiple choice type consists of a list of options, each of which has a value and a label. It triggers a dialog from which one of the options can be selected.

Text, Number and Password

The text, number and password types trigger a prompt dialog where a value can be entered into a text field.

Number Slider

The number slider type is similar to the number. It allows you to pick a number. However, the number is entered using a horizontal slider, for which you can define the minimum and maximum value, as well as the step size.

Date and Time

The date and time types trigger a prompt dialog where a date or time can be selected. The output format can be specified according to Android's SimpleDateFormat.


The color type triggers a prompt dialog where a color can be selected. Its value is returned in RGB hex format (e.g. ff0000 for red).

Sharing Values into Variables

In the advanced settings section of a variable you can mark it as Allow 'Share …'. This makes it possible to provide the value of this variable through Android's Share-dialog, e.g., by sharing a URL or text snippet from another app. The variable will then assume the shared value during execution.