Get Started with Appian Designer

Access Appian Designer by navigating to /design (for example, or by clicking the Appian Designer link in the header of the /designer interface. The Appian Designer has two primary views of the system, described below.

Applications List

The default view in the Appian Designer is a list of all applications in the environment. From here, you can create or import new applications, modify applications, or drill into a single application to work on the objects associated with it. Drilling into an application brings you to the application designer, where they are presented with a list of the objects associated with the application.

Objects View

The objects view lists all design objects in the environment. This view is useful for finding a single specific object quickly and editing it or adding it to an application.

Users View

The users view lists all users in the environment that the user has permission to see. From here, designers can search for users and system administrators can edit their properties. System administrators can create new users, deactivate users, or reset users' passwords from the Users page in the Appian Administration Console. See the User Management page for more information.

Working with Appian Designer

There are several common sections in these interfaces: Appian Designer

  1. The header bar shows the context of the window and offers more actions and settings.
    • The object name is displayed in the top left.
    • The settings menu shows general properties, actions, and settings for that object or application.
    • The search icon allows you to quickly search for design objects you have access to.
    • The navigation menu shows options to navigate to other user workspaces.
    • The user menu shows options to view your user profile, adjust your settings, and log out.
  2. The left pane shows controls and filters that set the context for what appears in the main grid (#3).
  3. The main grid shows a list of objects or applications, filtered by the controls in the left nav (#2). The toolbar above the grid has options and controls that apply to the current selection in the grid.

Browsing folders within Appian Designer is similar but has key differences. For more details, go to Folder Hierarchies in Appian Designer.