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RPA Actions Palette
The capabilities described on this page are included in Appian's standard capability tier. Usage limits may apply.

Appian RPA provides several actions to make it easier to develop a robotic task. You can use low-code actions to configure a robotic task more quickly and easily. Java modules are also available for specific actions and use cases.

Low-code actions

Low-code actions streamline the robotic task development process. You don't need to use Java to set up and configure actions in a robotic task workflow. Instead, you'll select options from a menu and configure which variables to use. If you're an Appian developer getting started with Appian RPA, you'll find the low-code actions familiar. Although your robotic task may be complicated, development using low-code actions is simple and accessible.

Similar to the Interface Designer, the Palette shows you the actions that are available to add to the robotic task. Use the search bar to quickly find an action by name or browse the list of actions. You can find these low-code actions in the Palette when you are creating the robotic task definition:

Just getting started? Use the following table to find the action that can help you automate common tasks:

I want to… Suggested action
Capture text from a website Get attribute
Capture text from an application Get attribute
Log in to a website Interact with element
Fill out a web form Interact with element
Start an Appian process Start process
Evaluate business logic Evaluate expression
Send or retrieve application documents Upload document
Download document
Start a robotic subtask Execute robotic subtask
Move files on the host machine Move a file or folder
Delete files on the host machine Delete a file or folder
Find and click an icon on the desktop Locate image
Paste text Set clipboard value and Press keyboard shortcuts
Work with an Excel file Excel: License Not Required and Excel: License Required

Add an action to the workflow

To add an action to the workflow:

  1. Click and hold an action in the Palette.

    Screenshot of the Actions Palette

  2. Drag and drop it to the section or action group where you want to add the action.
  3. Click and drag the action to reorder it relative to the other actions in the section or action group.


Loops repeat actions until a condition is satisfied. For more information about looping, see General Actions.

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RPA Actions Palette