Automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) is important for the further penetration of PD in the dialysis marketplace. Long dwell, equilibration PD (CAPD) has limited applicability in many patients due to inadequate solute clearance or fast membrane transport characteristics. Providing large volumes of dialysate over circumscribed hours is highly labor intensive without an automated system. Early attempts at APD were crude but effective in reducing labor, which was generally provided by nursing staff. Later evolution of PD technology has been greatly accelerated by the microchip, and by miniaturization of components. Current generation machines allow individualized fill volumes, variable tidal volumes and additional daytime automated exchanges, teledialysis, memorized delivery control, and full portability. The ideal machine should not only be able to perform all treatment schedules, but it should also optimize the performance of a selected treatment strategy. Biocompatible solutions, improved osmotic agents, and sorbent technology are all adaptable to APD. The eventual evolution toward continuous flow PD will resolve many of the current problems with both CAPD and APD.