Pipedream is a free, low-code integration tool that allows developers to connect many different applications, data sources, and APIs in order to build useful, automated cross-platform workflows. It’s easy to use, and there’s no need to manage infrastructure or server resources.
Examples of workflows you can build with Pipedream include:
In this article, you’ll learn about key Pipedream features, what apps and APIs can be integrated (spoiler: there are many!), and how you can start building your own workflows today.
You can turn any API into an event stream, and any event stream into an API. Use Pipedream to collect your favorite services’ data — Tweets, RSS feeds, Stripe events, GitHub notifications, webhook events, Airtable records, the bitcoin blockchain, and more — and trigger new events based on the data received.
Pipedream is easy enough to use as a no-code platform but powerful enough to enable developers to create custom workflows and solutions. Workflows are made up of Node.js steps that are triggered upon every event.
You can develop your own Node.js code or use the various built-in actions provided (e.g., sending a message to Slack or storing data in Snowflake) without writing any code. Pipedream allows you to schedule workflows or trigger them via a URL, email address, or SDK code.
Pipedream lets you run SQL on event data for free. You don’t have to create SQL tables or schema — you can just send it in, run your SQL commands, and even join tables across multiple workflows.
Pipedream allows you to asynchronously send data to HTTP endpoints, Snowflake, S3, and other sources. There’s no need to worry about batching, compression, or connection logic because Pipedream handles all of that while you just focus on the data.
A workflow is essentially a series of steps that are executed sequentially. These steps can include retrieving data or sending data somewhere. You can add steps by writing more Node.js code or taking advantage of hundreds of pre-built actions like “search Twitter” or “send SMS message.”
By default, workflow code is entirely public and free for developers to copy and use. Your own workflow execution and resulting event data is, however, private.
Event sources lets you find and collect data from sources like HTTP or RSS, as well as services like the bitcoin blockchain, Stripe, GitHub, Airtable, Reddit, and more. You can use these data streams to create new events and trigger workflows. Alternatively, you can consume event streams using Pipedream’s REST API.
The building blocks used to create Pipedream workflows are referred to as steps. There are three types of steps: triggers, code, and actions.
Pipedream currently supports 250+ apps, so you can integrate across hundreds of your favorite services, including: Twitter, G Suite, GitHub, Slack, Asana, Discord, Gmail, Reddit, Ghost, Bitbucket, Netlify, and many, many more.
Setting up your first Pipedream workflow is simple and won’t take more than five minutes.
To get started, head over to Pipedream and sign in with your GitHub or Google account.
You’ll eventually land on the page where you’ll build your workflow. It looks something like this:
When you click the + sign at the bottom of the window, you’ll open up a list containing thousands of pre-built, reusable actions offered by Pipedream.
These pre-built actions include but are not limited to:
For our example, let’s add a step to search for GitHub repositories. Immediately after clicking the action, a cell is created on the workflow page and we’re prompted to connect to GitHub. Click on Connect GitHub.
Once you sign in with your GitHub account, enter your search term in the params box. Let’s suppose we want to find repositories for clock applications; we then type clock into the params box.
After you’re done, hit Send test event, and boom! You’ve just created your first workflow. Here’s what the result looks like:
In a similar fashion, you can add multiple steps across several applications. For example, perhaps you want to be notified every time there’s a new “clock” repository on GitHub. In that case, we could schedule the above action to run every few hours and select a pre-built email action to send ourselves an email reminder every time our workflow discovers a new clock repository.
Pipedream offers a clean, convenient way for developers to automate tasks. Whether you want to send yourself email reminders, connect apps to Google Calendar, or receive real-time notifications on your favorite platforms, Pipedream provides hundreds of app integrations, built-in applications, and powerful customization capabilities to help you create workflows that work for you.
There is also extensive documentation available, as well as a growing developer community to help out with any questions or issues you might run into.
Overall, Pipedream provides a powerful solution for developers looking to build cross-platform pipelines with minimal code and automate their day-to-day tasks and activities. To get started, check out Pipedream’s official website, as well as their developer docs here.
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