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Executions are the central part of your automation. Each execution represents a piece of automation which is or was running. Executions can be of type:

  • FLOW or SCRIPT which contain automation logic
  • CONNECTION which are connections to third party system
  • SCHEDULE which execute other flows periodically


executionsFlowFlowExecution type FLOWExecution type FLOWFlow->Execution type FLOWExecution type FLOW->Execution type FLOWExecution type CONNECTIONExecution type CONNECTIONExecution type FLOW->Execution type CONNECTIONConnectionConnectionConnection->Execution type CONNECTIONScheduleScheduleExecution type SCHEDULEExecution type SCHEDULESchedule->Execution type SCHEDULEExecution type SCHEDULE->Execution type FLOW

Creating Executions

Executions can be created in several ways:

Using the User Interface

You can manually create executions of flows using the user interface. Navigate to the flow you want to start and click on "Run" or "Try" to start the execution in productive or development mode respectively:

Run and try buttons


Find more information about the development and productive modes in Development and Productive Mode

The flow is executed once and immediately.

Helper to Create a Schedule

The scheduling plugin adds additional buttons to the flow view which help you to manually configure a schedule for your flow:

Schedule dropdown and buttons

Clicking on the "Recurring" or "Daily" buttons will execute a helper flow which assists you in creating a new schedule. The helper flow will create a message form for you to configure the details of the schedule:

Header of the "create recurring schedule" helper execution

Click on the "Open Message" button to switch to the message form. Once you fill out the form and press the "submit button" the helper will create a schedule for you.


It is also possible to create schedules without using the helper flow. Please refer to Using Schedules for more information.

Using the REST API

To create an execution using the REST API make a HTTP POST request to


Please refer to the REST API documentation for details.

Using Webhooks

To create executions using a webhook, first you need to create and enable a webhook. Please refer to Webhooks for details.

Using Schedules

To create executions using a schedule, first you need to create and enable a schedule. Please refer to Scheduling for details.

By Executions

Executions can create other executions.


An execution creating synchronuous child executions of type FLOW, CONNECTION, and CONNECTION.

import flow_api

def handler(system: flow_api.System, this: flow_api.Execution):
this.flow('my-child-flow', custom_parameter='value')
this.connect('my-database', fetchval='SELECT 1+1')
this.connect(connector_type='REST', url='')
return this.success('all done')

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Development and Productive Mode