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a!automationId Function


a!automationId( automationTypes )

Returns the automation identifier for the automation type provided. Use this function to write the automation identifier for record events.

See also: a!automationType()


Keyword Type Description


List of Text

The text or list of text to convert to an automation identifier. Valid values include: "NONE", "RPA", "AI", "INTEGRATION", "OTHER". Use "NONE" to indicate the event was completed by a user.


List of Number (Integer)

Usage considerations

Use a!automationId() to write the automation identifier for the type of automation that completed an event in a Write Records node.

If you use the guided experience in the Setup tab and choose an automation type from a dropdown, Appian will automatically write the identifier for the selected automation type.

If you use an expression to specify the automation type, write the automation identifier for the automation type you want to specify. You cannot write the automation type directly, like RPA or AI.

The following table lists the each automation type and its corresponding identifier:

Automation Type Identifier
"NONE" 1
"RPA" 2
"AI" 3


Retrieving an event automation type identifier


Returns {2}.

Conditionally writing an automation type

if(pv!isError, a!automationId("NONE"), a!automationId("RPA"))

Returns {1} if RPA failed to complete the event and a user completed the event instead. Otherwise, returns {2}. In this example, pv!isError is a process variable that tracks whether RPA successfully completed a task.

Feature compatibility

The table below lists this function's compatibility with various features in Appian.
Feature Compatibility Note
Portals Incompatible
Offline Mobile Incompatible
Sync-Time Custom Record Fields Incompatible
Real-Time Custom Record Fields Incompatible

Custom record fields that evaluate in real time must be configured using one or more Custom Field functions.

Process Reports Incompatible

Cannot be used to configure a process report.

Process Events Incompatible

Cannot be used to configure a process event node, such as a start event or timer event.

a!automationId Function