Great Zapier Alternatives for No-Code Integration & Automation
Coding integrations and automations from scratch is a tedious, time-consuming, and highly technical process. It's also impossible for approximately 99.97% of the world's population.
Luckily, there are plenty of no-code solutions out there that allow anyone to set up sophisticated, automated workflows without writing a single line of code—Zapier being a great example.
In our effort to push the no-code movement forward, we think it's important to spread the word about these tools and their alternatives. So without further ado, here are five Zapier alternatives for no-code integration and automation!
What is Zapier?
In the business world, Zapier is the (almost) undisputed king of integration.
It's a platform that allows users to connect different web services and apps together to enable automated workflows, data transfers, communication—even Slack chatbots, as we recently covered on the blog.
And the best part? Everything about the process is visual. This makes it easy for non-technical users to get started—something we're big fans of here at 100DaysOfNoCode.
However, Zapier isn't the only tool out there for no-code automation. And in some cases, it isn't the best.
Why look for a Zapier alternative?
Zapier has overwhelmingly positive reviews on sites like G2 and Capterra. And these positives are the reason we put so much effort into teaching Zapier to students in the 100DaysOfNoCode Challenge and No-Code MVP Bootcamp.
It isn't perfect, though. Here's a summary of users' top complaints:
For large-volume integrations (e.g., transferring 5,000+ data points per month), Zapier can get expensive quickly. There are plenty of tools that transfer more data for much less.
Lack of customization
Although Zapier is great for basic integrations, it can't do anything more complex without significant workarounds. Advanced users will need to look elsewhere.
Difficult to troubleshoot
When “Zaps” (Zapier's proprietary term for automated workflows) fail, pinpointing the problem isn't always easy. In some cases, users will have to enlist the help of Zapier's customer support.
Now that we understand what Zapier is and why you might want to look for a Zapier alternative, it's time to check out the competition!
5 best Zapier alternatives
Before we dive into the details, here's the TLDR version:
- IFTTT: Best for simple automations.
- Make: Best for complex automations.
- Integrately: Best for ready-made integrations.
- Tray.io: Best for mid- to enterprise-level automation.
- Coupler.io: Best for data automation.
Now, onto the tools!
1. IFTTT: Best for simple automations.
If This Than That (more commonly known as IFTTT) is a simple, fun automation tool with a deceptively powerful engine.
You can create custom automated workflows using simple “if-then” statements, and the range of potential automations is vast. IFTTT has hundreds of pre-made integrations with popular apps and services (called Applets), so you don't have to worry about writing your own code or spending hours trying to integrate individual tools.
That said, creating your own Applets using IFTTT's fairly sizable collection of 700+ supported apps and triggers is easy. This is a tool you can dive straight into—there's essentially zero learning curve.
IFTTT offers a great free tier that allows you to create a limited number of single-step Applets. To create more complex multistep Applets, you'll need to upgrade to Pro ($2.50/mo) or Pro+ ($5/mo).
2. Make: Best for complex automations.
Make (formerly Integromat) is probably the most flexible no-code automation tool we'll cover in this list.
Where Zapier uses a linear workflow structure, Make uses a graphical canvas that allows users to create complex automations consisting of multiple “modules”. Each module performs a specific function, like emailing or updating a spreadsheet.
Modules can be arranged and combined in almost any way you like, using conditional logic to create powerful no-code automations. And because Make has 200+ supported services and apps, it can be used for almost any automation project.
Make offers a great free-forever tier (yay!) that you can use to automate up to 1,000 operations per month.
The Core plan ($9/mo) or the Pro plan ($16/mo) give you more automations, as well as access to features like chaining (for connecting multiple apps in a single automation), code modules (for adding custom scripts), and task scheduling.
3. Integrately: Best for ready-made integrations.
If you're looking for ready-made, plug-and-play automation recipes, Integrately (the “world's easiest integration platform”) is the way to go.
At the time of writing, the platform boasts (ready for this?) 8 million+ integration recipes connecting 1,000+ apps and services. The platform takes no-code to the extreme—you can set up almost any automation you could think of in a single click.
Are there downsides? Of course—the biggest is the platform's severely underdeveloped workflow builder. If you can't find a recipe that works for you, you may struggle to build it yourself.
Integrately’s Starter plan ($19/mo) allows you to automate 2,000 tasks per month. If you’re just playing around with no-code automation, that may be enough. If you’re running a business, the Professional plan ($39/mo) or Growth plan ($99/mo) will be your best bet.
4. Tray.io: Best for mid- to enterprise-level automation.
Earlier, I wrote that Make is probably the most flexible no-code automation tool on this list. Well, Tray.io gives it a run for its money—and it scales much better.
Tray.io is a “low-code” automation platform (as opposed to no-code), meaning that it's slightly more technical than its no-code counterparts. That said, it's incredibly powerful, using a five-step automation protocol (i.e., Trigger → Source Data → Logic → Formatting → Action) to create complex workflows.
Tray.io also supports an impressive range of apps and services, as well as custom API integrations—so it's a great choice for mid- to enterprise-level automation projects.
The Tray platform comes in three plans—Professional, Team, and Enterprise. All three plans are priced by the volume of data you want to transfer and the number of workflows you need.
The good news? There’s a free trial available to test the platform out!
5. Coupler.io: Best for data automation.
Last but not least, Coupler.io—this one is all about data automation.
It allows you to quickly and easily integrate data from different sources, making it a great choice for businesses that need to synchronize data from multiple systems. With Coupler.io, you can also set up automated data import jobs that run on a schedule, freeing up your time for more important things.
Plus, the platform's intuitive user interface makes it easy to set up data automations in minutes, regardless of your technical expertise.
Coupler.io’s Starter plan ($49/mo) is a great way to dip your toes into the world of data automation. Power users will likely need to upgrade to the Squad plan ($99/mo).
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