N8N’s Mission Statement
N8N's mission statement is "To give everyone with a computer technical superpowers!", and it's clear that they practice what they preach.
N8N believe that software should be free and sustainable, open and pragmatic. This creates a great collaborative community that users can be active in and share ideas, instead of blindly using software which is pretty cool.
Since N8N allows you to use it as a low-code tool, you’ll be able to add your own integrations yourself. There are, however, plenty of native integrations to choose from. Currently, N8N has around 200+ native integrations. Users can connect to these apps to move and transfer data into N8N to create workflows.
While the open-source version of N8N is free to use on your own server if you plan to use the cloud-based version you will have to purchase a plan. The free trial period is 30 days, which gives you plenty of time to get a feel of if you like the program or not.
Keep in mind that companies change plans and prices sometimes, but this is the current listing for N8N.cloud.
Unlike other automation software with complex breakdowns of their plans, N8N keeps things simple. Three plans with simple explanations of what you get with each one. The important thing to look at is the number of executions you get with each plan.
According to their website, execution is counted any time your multi-step workflow completed a run. It doesn’t mean every single step is execution. You get a certain amount of executions per month with each plan.
If you aren’t keen on paying for N8N, you can try your skills with the open-source option because it is completely free. You also have way more control over the code with that option than you do in the cloud-based plan.
N8N also offers a free desktop version, and it works similarly to the cloud-based one. You just have to download it to your computer instead of using it in a browser.
The thing about N8N is that there isn’t going to be a lot of extra features just because you can pay more. It’s meant to be accessible to everyone, and customizable for your own needs. If you do have a developer on your team, they can take the open-source code and manipulate it to your specific needs. In-house applications can also be integrated into the software to make it custom to your business. Keep in mind, however, that N8N does have the commercial right to its code.
N8N can be a valuable tool to an enterprise looking for a data management and automation tool for their business. You can scale it to what you need it to be, and only have to pay if you use the cloud-based version. There are no user limitations or blocks on certain applications.
The native integration list on their website also gives you access to the triggers and nodes that can be used with each app. You can browse the full library here, or below.
The interface itself doesn’t look complex, but you need to know what you’re looking for to navigate around. Creating workflows is simple once you have your data and know-how to set up the triggers, which can take some training to do. This automation tool is probably not for someone who doesn’t pick up on software intuitively unless you’re planning to hire someone to use it for you.
One thing to point out that N8N does well is that within a workflow you can customize triggers to do multiple actions all in one place. So, if you can grasp the technical complexities of this automation tool, it can do a lot for you.
Community and Partner Ecosystem
Being open-source software, N8N has an extremely active community. You can find their community forum page here, where you can get troubleshooting tips and announcements from the team. They will even post here when they’re hiring, so if you are looking for a job in tech maybe you could check that out, as well. 😉
There is also an active blog page, Discord group, and a place where you can contribute to the cause, contribute include creating workflows, contributing to the code, or writing a bog post for them. There is an extensive list of explanations of what and how you can get involved with this project.