Global Counter (Decrease Value) - CodelessBot

What Does This Plugin Do?

Decrease the value of the global counter by a specific number.

Level of Difficulty: Medium

Compatibility: Chatfuel, ManyChat

Plugin Request URL
  • Chatfuel:{{cbot_accesskey}}&secretkey={{cbot_secretkey}}
  • ManyChat:

Example Use Cases


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How-To Setup the Plugin

Follow the 3 Simple Steps...or Login to CodelessBot to access the Plugin Wizard!

Step 1. Download & Install the Quick-Start Plugin Template

Login to CodelessBot, navigate to Templates on the sidebar and download the Quick-Start Template. Follow the prompt to install the Template. Next, you'll need to create a copy of the template for this specific plugin. See and follow the instructions below.

(If you've already install the Quick Start Template and created a copy of the plugin template - skip this step!

Chatfuel Instructions

a. From your Chatfuel dashboard, open the new bot called "JSON API Tutorial & CodelessBot Template" 

b. Find the group containing the name of this plugin.

c. Click on the arrow next to the plugin name to clone this group and blocks from the template into your own Chatfuel Bot.

d. Navigate back to the Chatfuel Dashboard

e. Open your Bot and find the new plugin group that you just cloned. 

f. Open the new Plugin block and enter in your CodelessBot access key and secret key.

Tip: Rename the plugin block to something more meaningful. For more details, refer to the Getting Started Guide.

ManyChat Instructions

After you download and installed the Quick Start Template...

  1. From the ManyChat sidebar, click on the Flows"
  2. Open the folder "CodelessBot Templates"
  3. Find the flow containing the name of this plugin. 
  4. Create a copy by click on the three dots icon on the right
  5. Then click on duplicate
  6. Feel free to rename this new flow and move it to a different folder
  7. Open up the flow and click on the "Starting Step" to modify the information you'll be sending to CodelessBot

For more details, refer to the Getting Started Guide.

Step 2. Create Global Counter in CodelessBot

Login to the CodelessBot and create a new Global Counter. (Already created your counter? Skip this step!)

  1. Login to the Member Portal
  2. On the left-hand sidebar, click on “Global Counters”
  3. Up in the top right, click on the button “New Counter”
  4. Enter in a name for the counter and a starting value
  5. Click “Save”

Step 3. Send information to CodelessBot

You’ll need to send CodelessBot the following information:


The name of your CodelessBot global counter.

More Detail

To find your global counter names, login to the CodelessBot Member Portal and from the sidebar, click on Global Counter.


The number you want to subtract from the current counter value.

More Detail

If no number is provided, then CodelessBot will decrease the global counter by 1.

Chatfuel Instructions
  1. In this plugin block, scroll down to the "JSON API" card
  2. Copy and paste the code from the Plugin Wizard into the textbox. (Or you can enter the correct value by referring to the descriptions above.)

Tip: Make sure the "Send as" is set to JSON. Not URL encoded or Full JSON Profile.

ManyChat Instructions

a. Click over to the "Body" tab in this external request 

b. Next, copy and paste the code from the Plugin Wizard into the "Request Body". (Or you can enter the correct value by referring to the descriptions above.)

c. If there are any "Replace With placeholder" in the code, you'll need to replace them with the correct matching custom field by clicking on "Add a Variable".

d. To check if you set this up correctly, click on "Test the Request" on the right and you should get a success "200 OK" response

e. Click on the blue "Save" button

Step 4. CodelessBot will reply with the "answer"

CodelessBot will reply back with the following information:


The new updated value of your global counter.

Chatfuel Instructions

After the JSON API card, you can add additional Chatfuel cards to:

  1. Send a message to the user with the result
  2. Add a new card "Go To Block" with a condition to redirect users to a different blocks depending on the result

Note: These are just some ideas. You are not limited by the 2 ideas above.

ManyChat Instructions

Finally, to save and make use of the results, you'll need to save the answer(s) from the CodelessBot to ManyChat custom field(s). To do this:

a. Click over to the "Response mapping" tab.

b. All the answer(s) are already listed for you under the first column "JSONPath". (For more detail about each one, see description above).

For each answer, select the ManyChat custom field you want to use to store the value from CodelessBot. Feel free to delete any that you don't need.

c. Click on "Save" when you're done. After this external request step, you can add a next step where you're:

  • Sending a message to share the results with users
  • Add a new Condition step to redirect users to a different step or flow depending on the result

More Information


1. Are the counter names case-sensitive?

Yes. Counter names are always case-sensitive.

2. What's the min/max counter value?

+/-9,007,199,254,740,99. The counter value will never go above or below this value.

3. Am I guaranteed a unique number for each user no matter how many simultaneous users there are?

Yes, unless you reset the counter value, or changed the cbot_decrement value in a way that would lead to duplicate results (e.g. decrement by 1, then later decrement by -1), simultaneous users always get a unique value. Note that you are limited to a specific number of simultaneous request per second based on your subscription plan. This limit applies to all your requests to CodelessBot.

4. What if I have spaces in my counter name?

For Chatfuel – Just enter in your counter name with the appropriates spaces.

For ManyChat – If you have spaces, we recommend that you use the plugin wizard to help you generate the code for the request body and JSON Path.

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