Workflow System Limits

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There are various limits enforced by Catalytic, but we believe your work shouldn’t stop because of these limits. The most you’ll likely notice is the occasional task or instance that takes a bit longer to complete because the scale of the automation. 

When you reach a limit, our system manages the issue on its own or provides immediate feedback. For example, if an uploaded file is too large we provide immediate feedback. If too many tasks start at once, the work will be smartly queued and completed as soon as possible without interrupting your work.

Limits ensure a high-quality experience for you and your team and help limit interruptions to processes and actions.

What are the current system limits?

Tasks

Feature Current Limit
Max started 10/second/team
Max instances running at a time 8/team

Instances

Feature Current Limit
Total number of fields per instance 1,000
Total number of tasks per instance 1,000
Field size (non-file) 128kB
Total field size per instance 10MB
Instance starts per team 10/second/team
Instance starts per process 1/second/team

Any instances over this amount are queued.

⚠️ Heads-up: The Field size is the maximum data available per field, but not the maximum file size. For example, 128kB is around 122,000 characters, or 20,500 words, or 82 solid pages of text. A fix task is created if a Workflow tries to save more than 128kB to a field.

Data Table

Master and Application Data tables

Feature Current Limit
Columns 100**
Rows 100,000**
Cells 5,000,000**
Cell Size 64kB of data

Imported Data Tables

Feature Current Limit
Columns 100**
Rows 100,000**
Cells 5,000,000**
Cell Size 128kB of data
Total cell size within a table 1GB total cell size
**Column, row, and cell limits

Catalytic employs soft and hard limits to ensure a high-quality experience for you and your team and help limit interruptions to processes and actions.

Performance can degrade significantly after the soft limit. If the hard limit is reached, a fix task is created.

  Soft limit Hard limit
Columns 100 500
Rows 100,000 150,000
Cells 5,000,000 15,000,000

General

Feature Current Limit
Batch Size 10,000
Insert Data Table into Excel Template 10,000 rows and 50 columns
Data Table to Markdown 1,000 rows and 50 columns
Data Table to Text 1,000 rows

Excel

Feature Current Limit
File Size 100MB

CSV

Feature Current Limit
File Size 1GB

File

Feature Current Limit
Import/Export 100MB

Browser Automation

Feature Current Limit
Sessions 1/team

Email

Feature Current Limit
Outbound Email (including attachments) 7.5MB

PPTX

Feature Current Limit
File Size 100MB

Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

Feature Current Limit
Scanned Image Size 7.5MB
PDF page limit 2000 pages

API

Feature Current Limit
General API calls 100/second/user