By Nikolai L’Estrange, from TVision Technology Ltd. in the UK


Track all record changes against a defined table or set of tables.


Microsoft Dynamics NAV has the built in ability to track all record changes against any table, however it does not always fire the triggers for every table.


Create a setup table to define which other tables you want to track changes for, and optionally what triggers you want to fire, then link this up to the standard triggers in Codeunit 1.

Codeunit 1 Application Management contains the triggers OnDatabaseInsert, OnDatabaseModify, OnDatabaseDelete and OnDatabaseRename which are what we need to subscribe to in order to track record changes. However these triggers are only fired sometimes. This is determined by the parameters set in the function GetTableTriggerSetup, which is called once per table per session.

In order to define which tables we are interested in we can create a new table with the following fields:

Observable Table:

“Table ID”IntegerObject.ID WHERE (Type=CONST(Table))

Then we can create a Codeunit that will set the Table Trigger Setup parameters and also subscribe to the OnDatabase triggers.

LOCAL [EventSubscriber] GetTableTriggerSetup(TableId : Integer;VAR OnDatabaseInsert : Boolean;VAR OnDatabaseModify : Boolean;VAR OnDatabaseDelete : Boolean;VAR OnDatabaseRename : Boolean)
IF Observable.GET(TableId) THEN BEGIN  
    IF Observable.TrackInsert THEN  
        OnDatabaseInsert := TRUE;  
    IF Observable.TrackModify THEN  
        OnDatabaseModify := TRUE;  
    IF Observable.TrackDelete THEN  
        OnDatabaseDelete := TRUE;  
    IF Observable.TrackRename THEN  
        OnDatabaseRename := TRUE;  

LOCAL [EventSubscriber] OnDatabaseInsert(RecRef : RecordRef)
IF Observable.Get(RecRef.NUMBER) AND Observable.TrackInsert THEN
    //do something

LOCAL [EventSubscriber] OnDatabaseModify(RecRef : RecordRef)
IF Observable.Get(RecRef.NUMBER) AND Observable.TrackModify THEN
    //do something

LOCAL [EventSubscriber] OnDatabaseDelete(RecRef : RecordRef)
IF Observable.Get(RecRef.NUMBER) AND Observable.TrackDelete THEN
    //do something

LOCAL [EventSubscriber] OnDatabaseRename(RecRef : RecordRef;xRecRef : RecordRef)
IF Observable.Get(RecRef.NUMBER) AND Observable.TrackRename THEN
    //do something

Note: In NAV2016 all these functions can be EventSubscribers that subscribe to the functions in Codeunit 1 as per above, in earlier versions of NAV these functions will need to be Global and called explicitly from within the Codeunit 1 functions.

Variations of this pattern exists in the standard product in:

  • Codeunit 423 Change Log Management
  • Codeunit 5150 Integration Management. In this Codeunit the tables that fire triggers are hardcoded in C/AL.


It is important that in our GetTableTriggerSetup function we only ever set the parameters to TRUE, and never set them to FALSE. This is because there may be other Codeunits listening to the triggers for that table, e.g. Change Log. This is also why we check the setup again within each trigger.

This pattern was originally described in the following blog:

  • From NAV 2016 use the code as shown
  • For earlier versions see Note above