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Set up the Environment Manually
The capabilities described on this page are included in Appian's standard capability tier. Usage limits may apply.

This page describes the steps to set up the necessary infrastructure to develop, compile, and deploy a robotic task.

The steps to follow for the development environment setup consists of the installation of the following software:

  • Java 8
  • Maven 3
  • Eclipse (or another IDE)

Java 8

Your development environment needs to have Java 8. Specifically, we need the JDK 1.8, which you can download from Oracle's website.

Choose the appropriate version to download and install for your operating system.


For Windows, it is an executable file that must be launched and then follow the installation steps. After installing Java in Windows, we must set the JAVA_HOME environment variable to point to the Java installation directory.


Maven 3.0.0 or higher

Maven is a software tool that allows for compiling, packaging, and deploying Java artifacts. Appian RPA uses this open-source tool as a link between the developers and the execution platform due to its power and simplicity to get the binaries and make them available for the agent in the execution robot.

Learn more about installing and setting up Maven to use with Appian RPA.


Eclipse is an integrated development environment (IDE) we recommend for developing and debugging robots. It is advisable to use the last stable version.

Learn mor about installing and setting up IDEs to use with Appian RPA.

Set up the Environment Manually