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Document Browser

Function: a!documentBrowserFieldColumns_17r3()

Displays the contents of a folder and allows users to navigate through a series of folders to find and download documents.


Name Keyword Type Description
Label label Text Optional text to display as the field label.
Label Position labelPosition Text Optional text to determine where the label appears. Valid values include
  • "ABOVE" (default) Displays the label above the component.
  • "ADJACENT" Displays the label to the left of the component.
  • "COLLAPSED" Hides the label. The label will still be read by screen readers; see accessibility considerations for more information.
  • "JUSTIFIED" Aligns the label alongside the component starting at the edge of the page.
Instructions instructions Text Use this parameter to supply supplemental text about this field.
Help Tooltip helpTooltip Text Displays a help icon with the specified text as a tooltip. The tooltip displays a maximum of 500 characters. The help icon does not show when the label position is "COLLAPSED".
Folder folder Folder The contents of the selected folder are displayed in the document browser.
Height height Text Determines the height of the component. Valid values are SHORT, MEDIUM (default), and TALL.
Knowledge Center knowledgeCenter Knowledge Center The contents of the selected knowledge center are displayed in the document browser.
Visibility showWhen Boolean Determines whether the component is displayed on the interface. When set to false, the component is hidden and is not evaluated. Default: true.


  • You must specify either a folder or a knowledge center, but not both.
  • The current user must have permission to view the selected folder or knowledge center in the parameter.
  • Within a folder or knowledge center, the user can only see contents for which they have permission to view.
  • Each column displays the first 1000 items in alphabetical order. Contents may consist of any combination of folders or documents, and folders are always listed first.
  • Avoid using this component for offline mobile forms because tapping on a folder does not display its contents and tapping on a file does not download it when offline.


Click EXPRESSION to copy and paste an example into the Interface Definition to see it displayed.

      label: "Select a Folder",
      maxSelections: 1,
      value: local!folder,
      saveInto: local!folder
      label: "Document Browser",
      folder: local!folder

Feature compatibility

The table below lists this SAIL component'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.