Using the API - is it possible create and item and add an update at the same time?

I am using Python to create bulk entries in a board to track required trainings. I would like to add information and a URL to the training as the first comment for the item. Can I do this in the initial mutation? Or do I need to capture the item ID and add the comment in another loop?


— Current script, no adding an update ----
trainingTitle = ‘Do this activity’
trainingDueDate = ‘2022-07-31’

teamsID = ### # Workflow Practice Team

teamsID = ### # Python Test Team

Script begins

updates_query = ‘{teams (ids:’ + str(teamsID) +‘) {users {id }}}’
data = {‘query’: updates_query}
response =, json=data, headers=headers) # make request
allData = response.json()

Traverse the JSON file

boardLevelData = allData[‘data’]
teamLevelData = boardLevelData[‘teams’]

Loop to navigate through the list

for allItems in teamLevelData:
singleItem = allItems[‘users’]
count = 0
# Loop for individual item detail
for userDetail in singleItem:
userID = userDetail[‘id’]
# Add training entry for each person
vars = {
‘myItemName’ : trainingTitle,
‘columnVals’ : json.dumps({
‘date4’ : {‘date’ : trainingDueDate},
‘status’ : {‘label’ : ‘New’},
‘person’: {‘personsAndTeams’ :[ {‘id’ : userID, ‘kind’ : ‘person’}]}

    query1 = 'mutation ($myItemName: String!, $columnVals: JSON!) { create_item (board_id:1672697065, item_name:$myItemName, column_values:$columnVals) { id } }'
    data = {'query' : query1, 'variables' : vars}
    r =, json=data, headers=headers) # make request
    jsondata = r.json()

Hello there @BruceB!

You will need to create the item, get the item ID and then use another call to create the update in this case :slightly_smiling_face:


I figured that was the case. I am going to try using a link column instead.