Chrome, Edge, and Firefox integration

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Native support for automating web pages and applications in Google Chrome, the Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox web browsers is provided in Blue Prism® using Blue Prism browser extensions. The extensions allow Blue Prism to interact with web pages and applications presented in these browsers, so that business processes that rely on such applications and web pages can easily be modelled.

The Blue Prism extensions establish connectivity with Blue Prism, allowing Blue Prism to interact with web pages in Chrome, Edge, and Firefox, so data can be exchanged and elements manipulated.

Blue Prism uses a native messaging host application to communicate with the browser extension. When a browser is launched from Blue Prism, a native messaging host application is started behind the scenes that listens for any incoming messages from Blue Prism and sends them to the browser extension.

The Blue Prism installer automatically installs the configuration settings for the native messaging host, regardless of whether the user selects to install any of the browser extensions or not. An additional registry key for the native messaging host is created and points to a JSON file which provides details on the allowed extensions and the location of the executable.

There are three Blue Prism browser extensions:

  • Chrome – Used to automate applications and web pages in Google Chrome.
  • Firefox – Used to automate applications and web pages in Mozilla Firefox.
  • Edge – Used to automate applications and web pages in Microsoft Edge.

Browser-based applications can also be automated natively via a Citrix virtual desktop environment in which Blue Prism has been installed with the browser extensions enabled.

Browser extension compatibility

For up-to-date testing and compatibility data about the Blue Prism browser extensions, see the Browser extension compatibility matrix.