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Unleashing the Power of Python in Automation

Announcing the new framework for Python automation as well as the new project templates that get Python developers started on enterprise-grade automation in no time.

We’re excited to announce our new automation framework for Python automation – simply called robocorp. The project templates in our VS Code extension have been updated this week to use the new framework. The release builds on our open-source foundation and brings the experience of developing Python automation on par with Robot Framework on our platform.

We believe that large language models are revolutionizing the digital landscape and are thrilled to embrace this trend. Python is ideal for automation because of its extensive ecosystem of pre-built packages, rapid access to the latest innovations, and strong support in the AI community.

Our commitment is to ensure our customers get the latest advancements faster than with any proprietary tool. We made the following changes because we noticed that more and more projects on our platform are using Python exclusively, and based on the demand from the enterprise customers to better govern their already existing and fast-growing Python automation.

So, what’s new? It is a complete revamp of Python automation on the Robocorp platform!

New @task Decorator

This new entry point for tasks eliminates unnecessary boilerplate code and makes the project structure easier to read. Any method decorated with @task becomes runnable and can thus be scheduled or managed as a part of a Process or Assistant in Control Room.

Task decorator code example

Visual and Autogenerated Logs

We’ve brought the loved logging features from Robot Framework to Python without you writing a single line of code. They are instantly available when developing and debugging locally from VS Code, and in production from Control Room after every run. And the interactive logs look beautiful in our opinion!

Furthermore, you can now control the logging with ease, suspending logs for sections dealing with sensitive data in several different ways. The image below shows just one example.

Example how to suspend logging

New Robocorp Automation Libraries

While our rpaframework libraries are based on Python, we believe we can enhance the developer experience for those who work exclusively on Python.

  • RPA Framework was designed and optimized for Robot Framework. We can create simple and intuitive APIs familiar to Python developers with the new libraries.
  • RPA Framework wraps some standard Python packages and makes their features easy to use in Robot Framework. When working on Python, the source SDKs or packages are easy to use. While reducing the environment size, we also reduce the size of our maintainable codebase.
  • Fully leverage the capabilities of Python such as dealing with complex data structures and APIs – something a lot of the developers working on Robocorp already did in Python code.

The new robocorp automation libraries roll out focusing on common automation tasks (Excel, browser, APIs) and interacting with Robocorp Control Room (such as Vault, Asset Storage, and Work Items). We still support all current rpaframework features for both Python and Robot Framework developers, and you can include both robocorp and rpaframework to your project simultaneously.

New Python Templates in VS Code and Portal

The easiest way to start using these new capabilities is through the new Python templates in VS Code. They are already available!

The new templates are:

Looking Ahead

What doesn’t change? Our commitment to Robot Framework automation has not changed; we are only adding the power and versatility of Python, which furthers our dedication to open-source as a whole. All things released now are under the Apache 2 license.

Looking ahead, we are excited about several improvements:

  • Enhancing our Robocorp Code Extension for VS Code to support Python projects better, including the visual Flow View that users praise and simplified management of project dependencies.
  • Improving Playwright Support in Browser Automation. As Playwright has been gaining traction, we’re working to provide an equivalent or superior experience to what Selenium and Robot Framework offer.
  • Continual additions to Documentation, Courses, and Tutorials. We’ve released these new tools and libraries ahead of complete documentation to gather early feedback from users. Please be assured all this is already in the works.
  • Offer a migration guide and possibly tools leveraging LLMs to help convert old projects to the framework.

To complement what we are doing with Python and Robot Framework, Robocorp will release a series of AI-driven tools to drive easier, faster, and better-designed automation. We aim to empower enterprises through intelligent bots, enabling faster, scalable, more secure bot implementations and offering connections to AI ecosystems from the latest commercial LLMs to a community of fast-developing open-source models.

For any questions, feel free to contact me, Tommi, VP of Product at Robocorp at [email protected]. We’re eager to hear your feedback and answer any queries you may have. We are excited to define the future of automation together with our amazing customers!