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Modify the User Record Type

This page describes how to update the User record type.


A directory of Appian users is available as a record type in the Tempo interface. This directory is accessible to end users by navigating to the User record type in Tempo and browsing or searching the record list. The User record type can also be added to a site page.

Each user in Appian has a User record, which by default includes a Summary, News, and Related Actions view. In a site, the News view is available based on a site design configuration and can be turned off.

You can edit the User record type to meet the specific needs of your organization. For more information on user management in Tempo, refer to User Management.

Edit User record type

To edit the User record type:

  1. In your application, go to the Build view.
  2. Filter the list to Record Type objects.
  3. Search for user to find the User record type.

    Note:  If you've changed the name of the User record type (for example, to Corporate Directory), search for the new name instead.

  4. Open the User record type.


Modify name and description

You may need to modify the name and description of the User record type, especially if you need to translate it to a different language to fit the locale of your users.

To modify the record type's name and description:

  1. In the toolbar of the record type, click Settings > Properties.
  2. For Name, enter a new name for the record type. This is the name that developers see in your application. When you click away from the Name field, the Plural Name field is automatically filled with the plural version of the name.
  3. If needed, update the Plural Name. This is the name that your users will see when they view the record type from Tempo.
  4. For Description, enter a short description. This description displays on the record type list in Tempo.
  5. Click OK.

If your user base speaks multiple languages, consider populating the fields with all relevant languages. For example:

  • Singular Record Type Name: User / Usuario
  • Plural Record Type Name: Users / Usuarios
  • Description: Directory of users / Directorio de usuarios

Tip:  As you design, keep in mind Appian design guidance is not available on the User record type.

Modify security

By default, all users have Viewer permission to the User record type, which means that all users who can access Tempo can see the User record type from the Records tab. This cannot be changed. However, you can configure additional security.

To modify the record type's security:

  1. In the toolbar of the record type, click Settings > Security.
  2. Click Add Users or Groups.
  3. For User or Group, select a user or group who should have access to the record type.
  4. For Permission Level, select one of the following permission levels:
    • Viewer: Users or groups who can interact with the record type as an end user in Tempo, sites, or embedded.
    • Editor: Users or groups who can view and edit the record type.
    • Administrator: Users or groups who can view, edit, and delete the record type.
  5. Click SAVE CHANGES.

Learn more about record type security.

Modify record list

By default, the User record type has a feed-style record list defined using the a!userRecordListViewItem() function.

This function returns a default list view only available for the User record type. The list will display the first and last name, email, office phone, and mobile phone for each user in the record type.

images:Default user record list view.png

You can replace the function with your own rule that defines a different list, or you can use a grid-style record list.

Modify the feed-style record list

To modify the feed-style record list:

  1. In the User record type, go to List.
  2. For Style, keep the default selection Feed.
  3. Click EDIT LIST.
  4. In List View, replace the existing function with your own expression using the a!listViewItem function.

    For example, you could create a rule with the following expression to display each user's city and state instead of email and phone numbers:

       title: rv!record[recordType!User.fields.firstName] & " " & rv!record[recordType!User.fields.lastName],
       details: rv!record[recordType!] & ", " & rv!record[recordType!User.fields.state],
       image: touser(rv!record[recordType!User.fields.username])

    Tip:  To see a full list of record fields available in the User record type, see the Reference record fields section below.

  5. In Sort Field, select a field to sort on and the sort order.
  6. Click OK. The record list now looks like this:

    images:User record list view.png

Create a grid-style record list

To create a grid-style record list:

  1. In the User record type, go to List.
  2. For Style, select Grid.
  3. Click EDIT LIST.
  4. In the Edit Record List dialog, add, remove, or modify columns as necessary to display the record data you want to appear in the grid.
  5. Click OK.

Add user filters

By default, the User record type uses the a!userRecordFilterList() function as a user filter.

This function contains a Status user filter with filter options Active and Inactive, with Active selected by default. As a result, users see only active users in the record list when it first loads. Inactive users are users whose accounts have been deactivated.

images:Default user record facets.png

Appian does not recommend removing the default user filter. Doing so will result in the record list displaying all inactive users, with no way for users to filter out the inactive users. However, you can add your own user filters in addition to the default "Status" user filter. For example, if your users span multiple countries, you could add a "Country" user filter.

To add additional user filters.

  1. Create an expression rule using the a!recordFilterList() function to create a new user filter, and the a!recordFilterListOption() function to create different filter options. For example:

       name: "Country",
       options: {
           id: 1,
           name: "China",
           filter: a!queryFilter(
             field: "country",
             operator: "=",
             value: "China"
           id: 2,
           name: "France",
           filter: a!queryFilter(
             field: "country",
             operator: "=",
             value: "France"
           id: 3,
           name: "United States",
           filter: a!queryFilter(
             field: "country",
             operator: "=",
             value: "USA"
  2. In the User record type, go to Search and User Filters.
  3. In the User Filters section, add your new expression rule.

  4. Click SAVE CHANGES.

After saving the record type, you will see your new "Country" user filter in the left-hand navigation when viewing the record list.

images:User record facets.png

Learn how to Create an Expression-Based User Filter.

Add record actions

By default, the User record type does not have any record actions, but you can add record actions to this record type just as you would any other record type.

Learn how to Add Record Actions.

Add record views

By default, there is a Summary view for the User record type. You can edit the Summary view, and define additional record views to display more user information on user profiles. Adding record views to the User record type is the same as adding record views to any other record type.

Learn how to Define a Record View.

Reference record fields

In the record type, if you go to Source, you'll notice that the source of the record type is UserProfile.

You can access all of the fields in the record type using rv!record with a field reference wrapped in bracket notation. For example, rv!record[recordType!].

The following fields are available:

Field Type Description
active Boolean Indicates whether the user is active or not.
username Text The unique username with which the user logs into Appian.
firstName Text The user's first name.
middleName Text The user's middle name.
lastName Text The user's last name.
displayName Text The user's nickname.
email Text The user's email address.
address1 Text The first line of the user's address.
address2 Text The second line of the user's address.
address3 Text The third line of the user's address.
city Text The city of the user's location.
state Text The state of the user's location.
zipCode Text The zip code of the user's location.
province Text The province of the user's location.
country Text The country of the user's location.
phoneHome Text The user's home phone number.
phoneMobile Text The user's mobile phone number.
phoneOffice Text The user's office phone number.
supervisor User The user's supervisor.
blurb Text The user's blurb as provided on their profile Summary view.

Learn more about the rv! domain.

Deploy changes

Once you have made changes to the User record type in one environment, you may need to deploy those changes to other environments. For example, you might make changes in a development environment that you need to deploy in a test or production environment.

The steps for deploying changes to the User record type are the same as those for deploying changes to any other record type. Simply create an application containing the User record type and any dependencies, export the application, and import it to the new environment.

Learn more about deploying to a target environment.

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Modify the User Record Type