Creating Web Forms

Forms are a user-friendly way of passing input to a workflow by creating dynamic OpenFlow’s webpages. There are two ways of generating a Form: one of them is through OpenFlow’s automatically generated Forms which are created upon saving a Workflow into its repository and the other one is manually creating a Form and connecting it to a Node-RED workflow.

For thorough information on how to use Forms, please refer to Intro ( Most of this chapter is based on this guide.

Creating a Form

Creating a form is rather easy and simple. Go to the Forms page, where all Forms are listed, available under the Forms page and click the Navy blue Add form button.

Forms page

Now at the Forms edit page, there are many Form components from which you can choose. For general purposes, we are only going to discuss the most used one here: Text Field Component. The other ones will be discussed further on in their specific sections.

OpenFlow's Forms creation page

Drag the Text Field Component Form from the Basic category into the Form workspace. Immediately after, a window containing all the parameters to configure the Form Component will appear.

Edit Text input field

Configuring the Form Component

Below are the steps needed to properly configure a Form Component, a TextField in our example.

  • Changing Form Label

    To change the Form’s label, i.e., the title which will appear for the end-user, simply click the Display tab and change the input form titled Label. The changes are shown real-time.

OpenFlow's Form Display configuration tab

  • Assigning Input Variable

    To assign the input form to a variable configured inside the OpenRPA workflow you’ve mapped to OpenFlow, simply go to the API tab and insert the name of the variable inside Property Name and press save. Now the next time this workflow is called, a new parameter will appear.

OpenFlow's Form API configuration tab

  • Assigning Form to Node-RED Workflow

    Now it is required that you assign a Form to a Node-RED workflow. To do that, go to Node-RED and click twice on the Workflow Out node you want to assign the form to. The Edit workflow out node tab appears and you must select the form you’ve just created in the Userform dropdown.

Assigning Form to Node-RED workflow

For more information on how to configure the Form Component, please refer to the OpenFlow Forms section.

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