What's New in Appian RPA 8.0?
This content applies solely to Appian RPA, which must be purchased separately from the Appian base platform.

This page describes what's available in this release of Appian RPA. Some capabilities may not be available if you're using an older version of the Appian platform.

Version 8.0.1 (Release date: 18 February 2022)

Support for Firefox in task recorder

You can now use the task recorder to capture your browser interactions in Firefox. With this addition, the task recorder is now out of preview since it supports most popular modern browsers, making it easier to automate your most common activities.

Select Firefox from the task recorder browser dropdown, and launch the recorder to begin recording. That's it!

Highlight edited elements when recording in Edge (IE Mode)

Last release, we added the ability to launch the task recorder in Edge (IE Mode) to make it easier for you to record interactions on legacy websites. Now, when you edit the selectors during your recording, the task recorder will highlight the elements that match your edited configuration so you can be confident in your changes. Easily configure the most robust selector possible without ever leaving the task recorder.

Debug a robotic process in the new designer

With each release, we add more capabilities to the revamped robotic process designer. We're happy to share that RPA developers can now debug a robotic process in the new designer. This ability also means the new designer is out of preview! Developers will use the new, more intuitive designer to create and test their robotic processes. Existing robotic processes using the previous design interface won't see this change.


Debugging in the new designer is now easier to troubleshoot and follow a workflow as it executes, and as a result your time to test, refine, and launch automations is drastically reduced. Debugging lets you see how a robotic process execution occurs in a real-time test, rather than having to execute the process and see where it encounters exceptions or errors. You don't have to set up all of the other components of the process to start testing if your configurations will work. See when variables change, exceptions occur, and how specific actions complete.

Version 8.0 (Release date: 8 February 2022)

Update robotic process templates

We've updated our main robotic process templates to use the new robotic process designer. When creating a new robotic process, you'll see actions pre-populated into the new designer to jumpstart your development!

About Appian RPA releases and upgrades

Appian RPA is a feature of the Appian platform. RPA is released independently from the rest of the platform, and the latest version is applied to your site upon restart. This means you get access to new features, bug fixes, and improvements faster and more easily.

All RPA versions are backwards compatible with the Appian platform, so you aren't required to upgrade Appian any sooner than you want to. However, RPA feature availability may rely on feature availability in Appian. Therefore, if you're using an older version of the Appian platform, Appian RPA may not be able to take advantage of those features. In these cases, you may not have access to some of the latest features prior to upgrading Appian. Your robotic processes will continue to work with your current version of Appian.

We want to be clear when some of these features may require a more recent version of Appian. Where applicable, we'll note where certain features might not be available for older versions of Appian.

RPA support period

Appian regularly addresses bugs and other issues in RPA with hotfixes to the latest available version of RPA. For this reason, we encourage customers to plan to upgrade Appian RPA regularly to access these new features, bug fixes, and improvements faster.

You can use a particular version of Appian RPA until your site is restarted, at which point you'll be upgraded to the latest version. No matter what version of Appian RPA you're using, we encourage you to report issues so they can be addressed. Fixes and enhancements will be available in the latest available version of Appian RPA.

Documentation support period

Appian RPA documentation is available for six months after the version release date. Refer to the table below to learn more about release dates and documentation availability.

RPA Release Release Date Docs Removal Date
8.2 13 May 2022 13 November 2022
8.1 1 April 2022 1 October 2022
8.0 9 February 2022 9 August 2022
7.14 21 January 2022 21 July 2022
7.13 10 December 2021 10 June 2022
7.12 29 October 2021 29 April 2022
7.11 16 September 2021 16 March 2022
7.10 6 August 2021 6 February 2022
7.9 24 June 2021 24 December 2021
7.8 20 May 2021 20 November 2021
7.7 16 April 2021 16 October 2021
7.6 5 March 2021 5 September 2021
7.5 22 January 2021 22 July 2021
7.4 15 November 2020 15 May 2021

Find your Appian RPA release number

You can see your site's RPA version in the About Appian dialog. Both designers and system administrators can access this dialog at any time from the navigation menu.


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