Learn how to use the Boolean constant true in Notion formulas.

The true constant represents the Boolean output true. Its opposite is false.


Type true into a Notion formula property, and that property will output a checked checkbox, representing the value true.

A Boolean value has only two states, which can be thought of as:

  • True or False
  • 1 or 0
  • On or Off

A Boolean simply represents the two truth values of logic.

Notion represents Boolean values with checked (true) and unchecked (false) checkboxes.

These resources aren’t necessary for understanding how to work with Booleans in Notion, but you may find them interesting if you want to dive deeper into how Booleans are used in programming and computer science.

This formula will simply output true in a Notion formula property, displaying as a checked checkbox:


Here’s a slightly more complex example formula that uses Notion’s if function:

true ? "😀" : "😭"

This is an if() statement written in shorthand – it could also be written as if(true,"😀","😭"). It will simply output 😀 if the condition is true. The condition is the first part of the if() statement, or what is left of the ? in the shorthand formula.

Since the Boolean true outputs true naturally, the result will be 😀. See the Happy property in the example database below for proof.

true and false are case-sensitive. Typing True or False will result in a syntax error.

Here you can see how Notion displays true and false Boolean values. You can also see the output of our Happy formula, which is shown above.

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Other formula components used in this example:

false – Thomas Frank
if – Thomas Frank
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My name is Thomas Frank, and I'm a Notion-certified writer, YouTuber, and template creator. I've been using Notion since 2018 to organize my personal life and to run my business and YouTube channel. In addition to this formula reference, I've created a free Notion course for beginners and several productivity-focused Notion templates. If you'd like to connect, follow me on Twitter.

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