Shared Components
This help topic includes information relevant to Appian Cloud users.

Components are reusable code objects that enable you to add functionality to your applications. The Shared Components hosted on Appian Forum have been developed by Appian, its partners and customers.


  • Components must not contain any known vulnerabilities, malware or viruses.
  • Components must not contain default passwords, auth keys, key pairs or other credentials for any reason.
  • Components must not include software that collects and exports customer data without the customer's knowledge and express consent.
  • Components must not include any proprietary third party libraries that require a license to be distributed or deployed in production.
  • Components must include the source code.
  • Appian reserves the right to retain the components' source code.
  • Appian reserves the right to review and edit the description, documentation, or any other attribute provided along with components.
  • Appian reserves the right to reject shared components that do not comply with the policies described here or for any other reason considered appropriate by the company.

Support Guidelines

  • Only components compatible with supported versions of Appian are available through Appian Forum.
  • Components for which version compatibility isn't clearly documented, will be removed from Appian Forum.
  • The content is free to use with a licensed product, but it is made available as-is.
  • Customers are responsible for validating and testing components before deployment in production.
  • Customers are responsible for validating component functionality in their applications before upgrading to new versions of Appian Software.
  • All plug-ins are use-at-your-own-risk, and their functionality is not guaranteed by Appian. All plug-ins should be tested thoroughly.

Cloud Deployment Guidelines

  • Only components that meet the following guidelines will be eligible for deployment in Appian Cloud sites. The list is not all-inclusive, but instead it outlines the minimum requirements for a component to be considered Cloud approved:
    • Source code is available for review.
    • Must meet all policies described in the 'Policies' section.
    • The Administrator service context must not be used.
    • The code must not access the file system.
    • External libraries must not require commercial licenses for distribution or production deployment.
    • Class files must not be named com.appiancorp.* or com.appian.*. Plug-ins built by Appian are permitted to use subpackages of*.
    • Components must not directly use a specific set user or users other than the user provided via the initial constructor.
    • Servlets are permitted (pending review), filters are not.
  • Appian Technical Support will review and deploy components that meet the deployment guidelines to Appian Cloud sites within 1 to 2 business days.