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Quick-start guide#

1. Create your account#

If you haven't already, create an account at

2. Log In#

After logging into your new account, you will see an overview of your current projects and the job runs associated with that project. This is called the outer Dashboard. Click on one project to start.

3. Review the navigation bar#

You should now be looking at the OpenFn User dashboard for a particular project. Review the following navigation tabs: Jobs | Triggers | Credentials | Inbox | Run History | Version Control | Access & Security | Project Settings

  • Jobs. A job defines the specific series of tasks or database actions to be performed when a triggering message is received or a scheduled/recurring time is reached. Jobs are like the “instructions” you might give a data entry staff member (e.g., create new Patient record in the database, send SMS with payment confirmation number, etc.).
  • Triggers. A trigger runs jobs based on events, including incoming messages (this is known as a filter trigger), on a cron schedule (a cron trigger) or based on the success or failure of another job(a flow or catch trigger).
  • Credentials. A credential is used to authorize connection to a destination system (e.g., Salesforce username, password & login URL).
  • Inbox. Your inbox contains the history of all messages that have passed in to your project, which may or may not have triggered a specific job. Messages are stored payloads or data (e.g., an incoming SMS, a submitted CommCare form) that were sent via HTTP post to your inbox.
  • Run History. Runs are OpenFn attempts made on a destination system by running a message through a job. Runs can be viewed here and re-processed if there were any errors flagged when running a job.
  • Version Control. Sync your project with a GitHub repository so that every change is tracked using git and jobs can be 'rolled back' to previous commits at the touch of a button.
  • Access & Security. - Invite other OpenFn users to collaborate with you on your project and create authentication methods for your project to restrict which applications can send data to your inbox.
  • Settings. Monitor your usage and update your project settings here.

4. Check your inbox#

Click on the Inbox tab to view messages -- receipts of data that was sent to your project inbox. Click on the Inbox tab.

5. Run a job#

You should see your first message associated with a "sample job". Click on it. You can now choose to do the following:

  • Edit the message (mainly for the purpose of fixing mistakes in data),
  • Manually run the job associated with a filter which has identified your first message as a trigger. See the Current Potential section for all jobs that can be run against this message based on their triggers and the message body.

Click run.

6. View the Associated Runs#

After running the job, view the run logs in this section below.

  • Click into a run to see what happened to the data inside of the message. In the logs, you should be able to see the status (success/error) of the run.
  • Go to the "Run History" navigation tab to also view every job run log and its status.

7. Familiarize yourself with the other tabs#

Navigate to Triggers. You can see that the sample filter we provided you required a message to be sent from OpenFn in order to trigger a job run. Click on the filter to edit it. Click save when you are done.

Navigate to Jobs. Here you can:

  • You can click to view the job that was run when triggered by the sample filter and sample message.
  • Click on "Edit Job" to edit the .js file which executes a specific action (job).
  • Click on the specified filter to change which filter should trigger that job.

Navigate to Credentials to edit the destination system you want to connect to. By default, we have provided credentials to access the Salesforce sandbox environment.

Navigate to the Settings tab to change the project's name, upgrade your account for more jobs and runs, add collaborators, and transfer project ownership.