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a!automationType Function


a!automationType( automationIds )

Returns the automation type for the automation identifier provided, translated according to the user’s language preferences.

See also: a!automationId()


Keyword Type Description


List of Number (Integer)

The number (integer) or list of number (integer) to convert to an automation type. Valid values include: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.


List of Text

Usage considerations

Use a!automationType() to display the automation type for the given automation identifier. The automation type represents the automation that completed a record event.

You can use a!automationType() wherever you want to display the name for the automation type, like a chart or the details parameter of the event history list component. The automation type is automatically translated according to the user's language preferences.

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


Returns {"None (User)"}.

Displaying automation types in an event history list

You could use the following expression in the details parameter of the a!eventData() function to display the automation type that completed an an order.

  isNullOrEmpty(recordType!Order Event History.fields.user),
  a!automationType(recordType!Order Event History.fields.automationId) & " completed this order."

If the event was completed by robotic process automation, for example, this returns RPA completed this order.

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.

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a!automationType Function