The problem is that with Windows being the most popular OS (Figure 1), most RPA tools are designed for Windows, and not for macOS.
But that doesn’t mean that RPA software for Mac doesn’t exist. In this article, we will explore:
- Free RPA tools for Mac
- Paid RPA tools for Mac
- And alternative methods for leveraging RPA on Mac.
What is RPA for Mac?
RPA for Mac is a vendor’s RPA solution that is accessible, programmable, and usable on Mac computers and laptops. RPA Windows, RPA solutions that work on Windows OS, are more common because PCs are more common in the enterprise.
But with Macs becoming more prevalent in offices 1, big and small RPA vendors are starting to offer their solutions on macOS as well. This opens up a new market of users to them.
6 RPA tools for Mac
We have curated a list of all premium RPA tools that run on macOS.
UiPath and IBM are the biggest RPA vendors on this list, and anyone looking at RPA for Mac should consider them first.
Note: Vendor at the top is sponsored.
Best tools for RPA for Mac
IBM’s RPA offers a Windows-based virtual desktop that is usable on any operating system including Mac (see Figure 2). For example, as free-trial users, we accessed it over the cloud. Leveraging containerization, users can also launch such virtual desktops on their laptops as well.
UiPath, like IBM, does not2 natively support Mac so users need to use UiPath Studio for bot building on Windows.
UiPath provides several models (e.g. virtualization for setting up UiPath Studio on Mac) for using UiPath Studio on Apple laptops (see Figure 3) but tells3 users to use them “at their own discretion”.
7 Free RPA tools for Mac
Below is a list of free RPA tools that run on Mac.
|Company Size (# of Employees)
|Is it open-source?
-No code bot configuration and orchestration -Pre-fill workflows with data from Salesforce, GSuite, Office 365 via no-code integrations
|Automagica (Acquired by Netcall)
Automagica is acquired by Netcall and is no longer open-source since October 2020
You can write Lua code that interacts with OS X APIs for: -Applications, -Windows, -Mouse pointers, -Filesystem objects, -Audio devices, -Batteries, -Screens, -Low-level keyboard/mouse events, -Clipboards, -Location services, -Wifi, and more.
|Free if number of users is less than 5
Available under Apache 2.0 license which makes it free for commercial and noncommercial use
-Data extraction and screen scraping capabilities -Produces automation scripts for Windows, Mac, and Linux
RPA for Mac: Alternative methods
1. macOS apps for automation
Automator 4 is an Apple application that comes pre-installed on macOS. Automator enables desktop automation of repetitive tasks by creating workflows.
Thanks to this tool, you can automate activities using drag & drop interface, facilitating the customization of particular functions for users with no coding skills.
2. Running MS Windows compatible RPA software on your Apple hardware
Though almost all RPA tools are designed only for Windows operating systems, there are ways to run and install them on the Mac operating system.
Here are your options 5 for installation:
Dual boot solutions
Solutions such as Apple Boot Camp 6 enable you to install a Microsoft Windows operating systems and allow both operating systems to work simultaneously.
Remote desktop virtualization
These solutions run on a remote operating system connected to your local Mac device over a network using a remote display protocol. So you can remotely control and run RPA bots on a Windows machine using your macOS device. Solutions you can prefer are:
- Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops
3. Virtual machines
Applications such as Parallels 9 allow users to run a version of Microsoft Windows in a window on Mac.
RPA for Mac FAQs
Does IBM’s RPA work on Mac?
IBM’s RPA works on Apple hardware through a Windows-based virtual desktop. You can also use it on the cloud regardless of your operating system.
Can Automation Anywhere work on Mac?
You can use it via virtualization or containerization on Apple hardware but Automation Anywhere doesn’t 10 run on MacOS. It only runs on Windows.
Can I use UiPath on Mac?
You can use it via virtualization or containerization on Apple hardware but UiPath doesn’t natively 12 run on macOS. In addition, you can use it on the cloud regardless of your operating system.
Does Blue Prism run on Mac?
For more on RPA
To learn more about RPA, you can read about:
- Top 6 Free & Freemium RPA Providers
- RPA Benefits: 20 Ways Bots Improve Businesses For The Better
- The Ultimate Guide to RPA as a Service (RPAaaS)
Download our RPA whitepaper that covers the topic comprehensively:
And if you are ready to leverage an RPA solution, we have a data-driven list of RPA vendors.
We will help you choose the right solution for your needs:
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