Objects View


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This page provides details about the Objects View of Appian Designer. For more details about the objects view on the application level, see Applications. For a full list of design objects, see Design Objects.

The objects view has two tabs that list design objects and plug-ins across all applications in the environment. This view is useful for finding a specific object quickly to edit it or add it to your application.


Design Objects Tab

The Design Objects tab displays objects when you apply filters or search by name or description. See Designer Search for more information about how to efficiently search for objects.

The object list displays four columns and is sorted by most recently modified:

  • Object Type Icon: A quick reference visual indication of each object's type.
  • Name: The name of the object as a hyperlink to open the object. A preview icon interface-preview displays next to the name of any interface object. Hover over this icon to view a preview of the interface.
  • Description: The description of an object. Descriptions longer than 96 characters are truncated. Hovering over the description will show its entire value as a tool tip.
  • Last Modified: The default sort field of the grid. Shows developers who last modified the object and when.

When an object is selected, options will appear in the tooldbar. Multiple objects can be selected for specific bulk actions.


The following options are available in the Design Objects tab:

Option Description
Add to App Allows one or more objects to be added to any application that the developer has permission to.
Security (Single-choice) Allows developers to adjust the security of an object. Developers must have at least Administrator permissions on the selected object.
Dependents Allows developers to view what object or objects depend on the selected object.
Precedents Allows developers to see what object or objects the selected object depends on.
Delete Allows one or more objects to be deleted.
  • When a single object is selected, a warning dialog contains the results of a dependent objects scan, which allows developers to review all objects that would be impacted by the delete.
  • Data types, group types, and multiple object deletion can only be performed by system administrators.
  • Selecting a folder for deletion will result in the deletion of all its contents.
  • When multiple objects are selected, a warning dialog lists all objects included in the deletion.
  • Deleted objects and plug-ins can be tracked in the deletions log.
More Provides additional options for an object:
  • Properties: Provides property details for a document, folder, or group that developers can edit.
  • Versions: Allows developers to view previous versions of an object. Developers can compare previous versions with the latest version.
  • New Version: Allows developers to upload a new version of a selected document. The new version of the object will retain the same local ID, but will point to a different file.
  • Rename: Allows developers to rename an object. This option will also update any expression that's calling an object with the new object name. Constants, decisions, expression rules, integrations, and interfaces can all be renamed from the toolbar.
  • Download: Allows developers to download one or multiple documents.
  • View Documentation: Provides a process model documentation report.

Unreferenced Objects Tab

The Unreferenced Objects tab displays objects that don't have dependents other than applications. This tab is available within each application view and supports the following object types:

  • Connected System
  • Constant
  • Decision
  • Expression Rule
  • Integration
  • Interface
  • Query Rule

You can search by name or description and apply filters to find objects and take the appropriate actions on them.

Plug-ins Tab

The plug-ins tab displays all plug-ins in your environment. You can search or filter for a plug-in by its name or module.

The plug-ins list displays four columns and is listed alphabetically by default.

  • Name: The name of the plug-in.
  • Version: The version number of the plug-in.
  • Description: The description of the plug-in as written by the plug-in creator.
  • Modules: The modules that are included in this plug-in. The name of each module is categorized by its type: Component, Connected System, Function, Function Category, Smart Service, Data Type, or Servlet.

To view a plug-in's dependents, select the plug-in and click DEPENDENTS. The plug-ins tab within an application will automatically display all plug-ins used by the application or selected package.

To compare plug-ins across environments, click COMPARE ACROSS ENVIRONMENTS.

Hierarchical View

Developers can view objects in the Design Objects tab by clicking the flat view or hierarchical view button at the list. By default, the view is flat and displays all objects. Switching to the hierarchical view will display only the top-level objects and hide the rest, so that you can more easily navigate folder hierarchies.


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