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Understanding the JavaScript shared variables in Dynamics 365 CRM

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Understanding the JavaScript shared variables in Dynamics 365

What are client-side Shared Variables in Dynamics 365?

We can create & retrieve a common shared variable within the form execution context of Dynamics 365. This means that we can set & get a shared variable whenever a JavaScript function is called using the form’s event handler.

What is the use of Shared Variables in Dynamics 365?

We can use the Shared Variables in-order to store the global values while performing an asynchronous operation. For example, we will create and store a value in a new Shared Variable and execute an asynchronous HTTP request. Later, we will consume the earlier created Shared Variable value on receiving the HTTP response.

Using Web Client API for creating & retrieving the Shared Variables

We will use the “getSharedVariable” and “setSharedVariable” client API for initializing & consuming the Shared Variables.

ExecutionContextObj.setSharedVariable(key, value)

Sets the value of a variable to be used by a handler after the current handler completes.


Retrieves a variable set using the setSharedVariable method.

JavaScript snippet for creating & consuming the Shared Variables.

The below given JavaScript function is called during an “On-Change” event of form’s attribute. We have initialized the Shared Variable and execute a HTTP request which is asynchronous in nature. As soon as we initialize the Shared Variable, it gets added in the form’s execution context and is easily retrieved on receiving a HTTP reponse.

function CallMethod (executionContext) {
var formContext = executionContext.getFormContext();

//Get Form's Field Value.
var ShareVariable = formContext.getAttribute("cc_sharedvariable").getValue();

//Set The  Shared Variable
executionContext.setSharedVariable("ShareVariableKey", ShareVariable);

//Call Async HTTP Request
    Xrm.Utility.showProgressIndicator("CRM Crate - Ongoing Async Opertaion!");
var WebURL = "";
    var input = JSON.stringify({ Input: "Test"});
    var req = new XMLHttpRequest();"POST", WebURL, true);
    req.setRequestHeader('Content-Type', 'application/json');
    req.onreadystatechange = function () {
        if (this.readyState === 4) {
            req.onreadystatechange = null;
            if (this.status === 200) {
                var result = this.response;
//Get The Shared Variable
var getSV = executionContext.getSharedVariable("ShareVariableKey");

//Display The Retrieved Shared Variable In A Dialog Box
var alertStrings = { confirmButtonLabel: "Okay", text: "Shared Variable = " + getSV};
var alertOptions = { height: 120, width: 260 };
Xrm.Navigation.openAlertDialog(alertStrings, alertOptions).then(
    function (success) {
        console.log("Alert dialog closed");
    function (error) {

            else if (this.status === 400) {
                var result = this.response;


Validate the changes in Dynamics 365

Once the above JavaScript snippet is configured & deployed, navigate to the D365 and validate the Shared Variable implementation as shown below.

Thus, we learned the use of the Shared Variables in Dynamics 365 CRM.

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