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Actors

Learn how to develop, run and share serverless cloud programs. Create your own web scraping and automation tools and publish them on the Apify platform.

Actors are serverless cloud programs running on the Apify platform that can perform computing jobs such as send an email or crawl a website with millions of pages. They can be started manually, using API or scheduler, and they can be easily integrated with other apps.

A single isolated actor consists of source code and various settings. You can think of an actor as a cloud app or service. Unlike traditional serverless platforms, the run of an actor is not limited to the lifetime of a single HTTP transaction. It can run for as long as necessary, even forever.

Like any other resource, you can share your actors with other Apify users via the access rights system. See the full list of permissions here.