Open source tools for Robotic Process Automation

A few years ago Robotic Process Automation (RPA) took the world by storm. This game-changing technology allows businesses to automate repetitive, time-consuming tasks, freeing up valuable resources, human labor, and improving efficiency and accuracy. One of the great things about RPA is that there are now many open-source tools available that can help businesses achieve their goals. In this post, we’re going to take a look at a few open source tools for Robotic Process Automation, highlighting their unique abilities and how they can help you achieve your goals.

You can learn more about what Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is in our glossary entry.

Open RPA

Open RPA is an open source technology that lets users automate virtually any task. It’s an easy to use tool with  a drag-and-drop interface. It offers a wide range of capabilities including easy manipulation of workflows, integration with leading cloud providers and dashboards for analytics.

Apache Nifi

Apache Nifi is a powerful open-source tool that allows businesses to automate data flows between systems. It’s easy to use and offers a wide range of capabilities, including data extraction, transformation, and loading.

AutoIt

AutoIt is a powerful open-source tool that allows businesses to automate tasks on Microsoft Windows only. It’s easy to use and offers a wide range of capabilities, including window manipulation, simulating mouse movements, and automate sending user input and keystrokes to apps.

Robot Framework

Robot Framework is a powerful open-source tool that allows businesses to automate tasks using a simple, keyword-driven approach. One of the most active projects, it has a large community of developers that support it. Robot Framework is an advanced and stable open-source RPA solution. It offers a wide range of capabilities including being able to run on multiple platforms and the core framework can be extended with an extensive library of plugins. However due to its complexity Robot Framework is best for advanced teams implementing RPA.

Selenium

Selenium is a powerful open-source tool that allows businesses to automate tasks on web browsers. It is not a great solution for automating desktop applications or backend processes. Selenium is easy to use and offers a wide range of capabilities, including web scraping and data extraction.

Automagica

Automagica is an open-source platform which allows you to automate cross-platform processes with ease. It was originally created in 2018 with the idea of creating open source software to ensure that Robotic Process Automation technologies were accessible to all.  A robust solution, you can manage and monitor all your Automagica robots in one single place.

OCRopus

OCRopus is a powerful open-source tool that allows businesses to automate optical character recognition tasks. It’s easy to use and offers a wide range of capabilities including text recognition and layout analysis.

TagUI

It is a sophisticated tool that allows users to complete complex automation instructions. It offers a wide range of capabilities including easy creation and sharing of scrips allowing for users to easily maintain a library of automations. TagUI has a command-line interface and can operate on any operating system. Due to its complexity, TagUI is best for mid-level to advanced teams implementing RPA.

These open source tools mentioned above can all help you automate repetitive tasks, saving you time and money. However, it’s important to choose the right tool for your specific needs. Not all of these solutions are created the same. Some are easy to use. Some are more complex. Some are best for web-based applications while others support desktop automation activities. 

It’s also worth noting that while these tools are open-source, they still require some level of technical knowledge and expertise to set up and use effectively. Another important thing to keep in mind is that open-source tools may not have the same level of support and documentation as commercial tools. However, there are many online communities and forums where you can find support and answers to your questions.

RPA is a powerful technology that can help businesses of all sizes automate repetitive tasks, improve efficiency and productivity, and reduce costs. With the right open-source tool, you can achieve your goals and streamline your operations. Do your research and find the tool that best suits your business needs, objectives, and matches your current employee skill sets.

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