Known Issues and Limitations | Zoho Creator Help

Known Issues and Limitations

Data center specific feature limitations

Due to technical reasons, the availability of some features varies by the data center (DC) your account belongs to. Below is the list of features that are not available in Creator, DC-wise:

Workflow execution throttle

  • For a form, a maximum of 100 Deluge-based workflow requests can be executed per minute per IP address. This count includes the execution of the following:
    • Deluge script in the On Load form event
    • Deluge script in the On User Input form event
    • Deluge script in the Subform Add Row form event
    • Deluge script in the Subform Delete Row form event
    • Formula field's expression
    • Lookup field's filter (when it uses another field in that form)
    • Deluge script behind button click (when it's a stateless form)

Duplicating/Exporting application

Accessing apps from mobile browsers

  • Accessing Zoho Creator apps from Opera Mini isn't supported when its data-saving mode is set as Extreme or Automatic.


  • An HTML snippet can contain up to 450,000 characters, or nearly 500 KB
  • When you download a page as PDF, the resulting PDF may not display data when there are reports embedded in the page

Importing subform data

  • Consider a form that has a subform, which contains a lookup field that has its  Add new entries  property enabled. When you  import  a new value to this lookup field, i.e., a value that does not exist in the source form, that subform and main form data will not be imported.

Exporting a page

  • Exporting a Page as a PDF is not supported when the number of characters it displays exceeds ten million (10,000,000). This count is inclusive of all HTML tags that are used in rendering the Page.
  • When exporting a Page or Record Summary as PDF, avoiding page breaks inside tables won't work as expected.
  • Exporting a Page as PDF is not supported when the Page contains Pivot ChartsPivot Tables or iframes.
  • Exporting a Page as PDF does not support <div> based embedding of Forms/Reports and authenticated content like images/css that requires current credentials.

Exporting a report

  1. There’s a 12 MB limit when exporting records in a report as PDFs in the following scenarios:
    1. When the report is exported as PDF and the data’s size exceeds 12 MB, the operation will fail — a 0 MB sized file will be downloaded instead
    2. When send mail task includes a report as a PDF attachment and the data’s size exceeds 12 MB, the email will contain a 0 MB sized PDF attachment instead
    3. Also, as per the limitations in exporting as a PDF file,  you can export up to 50,000 records.
  2. When exporting a report as an HTML file, the media fields will not be exported. Also, in order to prevent the building UI from impacting the performance, you will be limited to export 50,000 records.
  3. When exporting as a XLSX file, the size of the file will be 150 MB for existing users and 70 MB for new users.
  • While printing records, you can print up to 50000 records.

Mobile app

  • Since portal is specific to the Creator application, the Sign up option is not available in the Zoho Creator Portal iOS app and rebranded customer app for iOS.
  • In a subform, if you have a lookup  field that has a filter set based on another field, that filter will not be applied when you edit a record from the mobile app. Instead, the lookup will display all the values (present in the looked-up field).

Reports Limitation

  • Duplicating a report is not supported when it displays data from 150 fields or more
  • For displaying subform data in a report, you can use up to 20 fields as ‘display fields’
  • When using custom filters on reports for the criteria Last n days in Date & Date-Time field type, the records from the specified 'n' days will only be visible. The records from the current day will not be visible.
  • Displaying Multi-Select/Checkbox and SubForm fields in Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts is not supported. Even if it is enabled in the underlying report, it will not be available in the report builder for use.
  • When the Execute scripts option is enabled while importing data to a reports, then only the On Validation and On Submission workflows will be executed. Furthermore, this option is only applicable for the Create, Edit, and Create/Edit form events. And the workflows will be executed only for the first 3000 records imported into the report.


For accounts created after the second quarter of 2016: Translation of names of buttons, days and months in a calendar report is not supported for the following languages: Armenian, Chinese, Filipino, Gujarati, Hebrew, Irish, Kannada, Kurdish, Latin, Lao, Maltese, Norwegian, Swahili, Telugu, Urdu, Yiddish. Instead, they will be displayed in English.

Editing records in bulk

  • When you edit multiple records in one go, only the Deluge script present in the  OnUpdate  block of the respective fields will be executed. Deluge script present in the  OnEdit > OnValidate  and  OnEdit > OnSuccess  blocks will not be executed.
  • When you edit multiple records in one go, lookup fields that have a filter set based on another field, won't be listed in the Bulk Edit Menu.

Grouping/Sorting records in Report

  • Sorting based on a users field will not be applied when the distinct number of users (selected in the records displayed by that report) exceeds 500.
  • Grouping and sorting of records are not supported when they are based on a Multi select / Checkbox fields or a Multi select Lookup field or a SubForm field. If grouping/sorting using any of these fields is configured:
    • For accounts using the New UI: This grouping/sorting will not be applied when the report is accessed
    • For other accounts: This grouping/sorting may be inaccurately applied when the report is accessed
  • The Custom order under filter columns option and Manual sorting under sort columns option in kanban report properties are not available in C6.
  • The custom order option for both grouping and sorting is not supported in C6.

Searching a Report for records

  • For accounts created after the second quarter of 2016, searching a report using a multi-select field (a multi select / checkbox field, or a multi-select lookup field, or a Subform field) that is present in a related form (related via a multi-select lookup or a Subform field), is not applicable.
  • When the record count in a report is more than 10,000, the AND search for Multi Select / Checkbox fields (as mentioned in this section) will not be available when specifying the search criteria.
  • For Reports filtered using the AND search, the Save Changes option (as mentioned here) will not be available.
  • Filtered Reports containing more than one search value, will not have the Export as PDF option.

Limit on number of Dropdown, Radio and Checkbox fields in a Report

The number of look up, dropdown, radio and checkbox fields displayed in a report should not exceed 30. The data will not be displayed if you exceed this limit. Here is how the number of such fields is counted:

  • Each Look Up, Dropdown, Radio and Checkbox field in the base form is counted as 1.
  • Each normal related field in the related fom is counted as 1.
  • Each complex related field (look up, dropdown, radio and checkbox) in the related form is counted as 2.

Grid Report

A grid report will be displayed as a list report if:
  • Any Deluge script has been added to the On Edit > On Load workflow block of the form it is based on, or the On User Input workflow block of any field (in that form)
  • The form it is based on, contains a lookup field that has the 'Set Filter' configured

Spreadsheet Report

  • While accessing spreadsheet reports:
  • A spreadsheet report will be displayed as a list report if:
    • Any Deluge script has been added to the On Edit > On Load workflow block of the form it is based on, or the On User Input workflow block of any field (in that form)
    • The form it is based on, contains a lookup field that has the 'Set Filter' configured
  • Open URL tasks in the On Edit > On Validate and On Edit > On Success workflow blocks won't be executed.

Formula field update is not applicable to Lookup/Subform subfields

Formula field update reflects only for modifications in main fields and not in Lookup/Subform subfields. Let's assume we have Form A and B. Form A contains a Single Line field and records are added in that form. Form B has a lookup field related to Form A, and it has a formula field with expression input.lookup.Single_Line.

When the Single Line field value in Form A in edit, the changes do not reflect in Form B. This is because of the formula field expression. This limitation occurs in the following formula field expressions:
  • input.lookup.<field>
  • input.Subform.<field>

This limitation is only for fields using existing relationships.

For instance, we have an order management app with a product form and an order form. The order form has a subform for adding products, which is a relationship created from the existing product form, and includes a formula field for calculating the amount. The calculation applies the formula field expression input.subform. Let’s assume the amount value in product field is a single line field and the field values are fetched here in the subform. If the value in that amount field (single line) is updated, the changes are reflected in the subform of the order form. However, the expression used in the formula field will not produce the updated value in the Order form. In other words, only the Product form formula field will be triggered and not Order form.

Limit on Data Size in Multi Line and Rich Text fields in a Form

The maximum data size for a multi line and rich text field in a row is about 64kb.

PDF Generation

Currently Zoho Creator supports PDF rendering only for List Reports and Pages. The PDF format of a list report does not support grouping and summation of numeric columns displayed in the report.

Custom Actions

  • Changing the width of columns that display custom actions, is not supported.
  • Custom actions are available only in the List and Spreadsheet reports.
  • The  openURL task will not be executed, if a user defined function (with the  openUrl task) is invoked from a custom action that is placed in the  View header  and type is set as  execute action for each record Reason : A custom action placed in the view header can be invoked on all or specific records in a view. Hence, if a custom action that executes the openURL task is invoked on all or many number of records in a view, it will open that many browser windows. A user who invokes this custom action may sometimes not be aware of the actual reason for this behavior. Hence, openURL task is not supported when the custom action is placed in the view header.

Downloading application backup

Zoho Creator will not backup the files present in the image, file upload, audio, video, and signature fields. The maximum file size limit when an application is backed are as follows:
  1. Meta without Widgets - 50MB
  2. Meta with Widgets - 100MB
  3. Data - 1GB
  4. Files - 3GB

Criteria Limitation

Criteria containing Multi Select field type is not supported.

Unavailability of Shared information in restored copy of the application

When you restore an application from the backed up copy, shared information will not be available. Only the structure of the application and its data will be available.

Deluge Script Limitation

Due to a limitation in Deluge Script, you cannot access DropDown/MultiSelect/CheckBoxes/RadioButtons/Lookup like (input/[COL]).lookup.(DropDown/MultiSelect/CheckBoxes/RadioButtons/Lookup).

Send Mail Task Limitation

  • '\n' in the message content of 'plain text mail' will be rendered as newline character.
  • Attaching reports using Send Mail task is not applicable for published forms.
  • Supports 10MB of attachment data.

Email Notification

To avoid spam email messages, if the From address is not a zoho.adminuserid or zoho.loginuserid, the To address can only be  zoho.adminuserid and the sendmail task cannot have any CC or BCC address. To overcome this limitation, Zoho Creator allows you to add  Verified Email Addresses, than can be used as the From or To email address. 

Multi-column layout

Multi-column layouts are not supported if check-box/radio-button fields are added dynamically through scripts.

Limitation with Date-Time handling in Creator

Due to the way we handle Date-Time values entered in a form, a limitation exists when dealing with date-time values that fall during the changeover period from PST to PDT and vice versa.

  1. It is not possible to capture Date-Time values that fall between 2 am - 3 am on the start date of Daylight saving period in the Pacific Timezone. This behavior exists irrespective of Application and Account timezone. The table below shows the start and end dates of Daylight saving period in the Pacific Timezone for each year. For eg, it will not be possible to enter the Date-Time values "13-Mar-2011 2:30:00", "11-Mar-2012 2:33:00", "10-Mar-2013 2:40:00" etc., irrespective of the timezone the user is in, since these Date-Time values fall in the changeover period.
  2. Any Date-Time value whose equivalent Pacific Time falls between 1 am - 2 am PDT on the end date of the Daylight Saving period will advance by 1 hour. For eg, the Date-Time "04-Nov-2012 08:30:00 Etc/UTC" will advance to "04-Nov-2012 09:30:00 Etc/UTC", since the equivalent PDT value of "04-Nov-2012 08:30:00 Etc/UTC" is "04-Nov-2012 01:30:00 PDT".
  3. This behavior is universal across Zoho Creator, and occurs when a form is submitted, when an Insert Record Task is executed, when data is imported or updated through API. This also occurs for Date-Time values handled in script.
Year DST Start Date DST End Date
2007 March 11 November 4
2008 March 9 November 2
2009 March 8 November 1
2010 March 14 November 7
2011 March 13 November 6
2012 March 11 November 4
2013 March 10 November 3
2014 March 9 November 2
2015 March 8 November 1
2016 March 13 November 6
2017 March 12 November 5
2018 March 11 November 4
2019 March 10 November 3
2020 March 8 November 1
2021 March 14 November 7
2022 March 13 November 6
2023 March 12 November 5
2024 March 10 November 3
2025 March 9 November 2

Limitation in searching for data in a subform

  • In a subform, you can search for data  only in the first field of the subform in the view column. The display order can be changed to search using a different field.
  • If the subform has a look up field with advanced display options or drop-down fields, search using that subform field is not supported.

Limitation in searching data in a lookup field

The lookup field supports search using autocomplete. However, the value you enter in a lookup field is searched in each of its display fields. Subsequently, searching a lookup field with a composite value - a value that is made of the values from the display fields and the field separator, is not supported. For example, the following image shows searching a lookup field named  Select an employee  with "ken". Two values, "Julissa Kent" and "Kenny Joyce" appear. But if you search this field with "Julissa Kent", no record will appear as "Julissa Kent" is neither a first name or a last name; it is a composite value.

Limitation in searching data in multi line field

Using Search option on multi line field is very inefficient and needs to be avoided to eliminate performance issues. If there is a query that is causing performance issues due to criteria on a multiline field, the system will terminate the query.

Upload file field limitation in forms

  1. When a user accesses from a web browser, the file upload field accepts a file up to 50 MB
  2. When a user accesses from an iPhone or iPad device, the file upload field accepts a file up to 50 MB
  3. When a user accesses from an Android device, the file upload field accepts a file up to 5 MB

Limitation with customer portal

  • Customer portals with custom domain name may not work in lower versions of IE (i.e) IE versions below 11.0.
  • Password reset will not work as intended on a customer portal which is mapped to a custom domain URL, without a SSL certificate installed. Please write to to request SSL certificate installation for the custom domain URL of your customer portal and the team will assist accordingly.

Limitation in processing external entity in xml content

  • In Xpath builder, external entity in xml content cannot be processed.

A function calling itself (also known as recursive function) cannot be called more than 75 times.

  • A function calling itself (also known as recursive function) cannot be called more than 75 times. If the limit of 75 is crossed, it throws an error "Call Stack limit exceeded".

Roles in Pivot Chart.

  • "Roles" is not supported in Pivot Chart/Table.

Clickatell limitation.

  • Clickatell does not support "Sprint(iDEN)" network.

Search Limitation in Report containing 10,000 or more records and a Multi-Select field type.

  • If a report has more than 10,000 records and has a multi-select field, then the following options will not be available in 'Search by Criteria':
    • Is
    • Is Not
    • Is Empty
    • Is Not Empty
  • Hyphen(-) in Application Link Name must be replaced with underscore(_) when being used in deluge scripts.

Certain field types are not available for display in a lookup field.

  • Certain field types, such as Multi Line, cannot be set as a Lookup display field. You can work around this by adding a hidden text field (in the form where you're looking-up data) to hold the value of the field you want to display in the lookup.

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