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Airflow is a platform to programmatically author, schedule and monitor workflows. First developed at Airbnb, it allows users to create complex tasks using Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) designs in Python. The main components are the web server that displays the DAG visualizations and handles API requests, the scheduler for monitoring all tasks and triggers the executor for executing those tasks on an array of workers. Airflow lets users define their workflow with its task flow API or use pre-existing templates from its library of out-of-the-box operators. It provides capabilities for setting up complex data pipelines as well as automating workflows across different systems.

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