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Create your first bot

  • Updated: 9/13/2021
    • Automation 360 v.x
    • Install
    • RPA Workspace

Create your first bot

Perform the following steps to create your first bot that prints the message, Go be great!, the Automation Anywhere version of Hello World!

Prerequisites

This task is performed by the user who wants to build and deploy bots. You must have the necessary rights and permissions to complete this task, and authorization to log in to the Control Room as the licensed user.

Note: These steps describe the guided workflow for first time users. The guided workflow is only displayed the very first time you complete these steps.

Procedure

  1. Log in to your instance of the Automation Anywhere Control Room.
  2. Open a new bot:
    1. On the left panel, click Automation.
    2. Click Create new > Bot.
    3. In the Create Task Bot window, enter a bot name.
    4. Accept the default folder location \Bots\.
      To change where your bot is stored, click Choose and follow the prompts.
    5. Click Create and edit.

Important:
  • When creating a bot, ensure that your bot name does not include the following special characters: forward slash (/), backslash (\), question mark (?), pipe (|), asterisk (*), lesser than sign (<), greater than sign (>), double quotation marks ("), comma (,), left or right braces ({}), left or right brackets ([]), plus sign (+), and percentage sign (%).
  • The bot name must be unique. If a bot with the same name exists in the same folder location which you have access to in the public workspace, you will not be able to either create or rename the bot with this name in the private workspace.

  1. Insert a Message box action.
    1. Click Actions.
    2. Search for the Message Box package.
      Click in the Actions search box and enter message. Click the arrow to expand the Message Box options.
    3. Double-click or drag the Message box action to the Bot editor (open space to the right).
  2. In the dialog box on the right, specify the conditions for the Message box action.
    1. In the Enter the message box window title field, enter My first bot!.
    2. In the Enter the message to display field, enter Go be great!.
    3. Accept the defaults in the Scrollbar after lines field and Close message box after check box.
  3. Click Save.
    Your bot is now ready to run.
    You can view the time spent to create a bot by navigating to Automation > Home > My metrics. The Active Task Bots table displays the time taken to create every bot. When a bot is edited, the table shows the total time spent on the bot.
    For example, if you spend 10 minutes on creating and saving a bot, the Active Task Bots table displays the time spent as 10 minutes. If you spend 5 more minutes on editing the same bot, the Active Task Bots table displays the total time spent as 15 minutes.
    Similarly, the Average time spent to create a Task Bot field on the My Metrics page displays the average time spent across all users on all bots.
    For example, if user 1 spends 120 minutes on Bot A, user 2 spends 2 minutes on Bot B, and user 3 spends 4 minutes on Bot C, the average time calculated is (120+2+4)/3 = 42 minutes.

Next steps

  1. Click through the Bot editor options for viewing and editing bots:
    They are located at the top of the Bot editor.
    Note: You can use the search box in the Flow, List, or Dual view to search for text, variables, or actions in a bot. This feature can be helpful when you view or edit a bot with longer code lines.
    • Flow: Graphical representation of the process (default)
      Note: The Flow view is disabled when you create or edit a bot and the bot exceeds 500 lines of code. Use the Show list view option to navigate to the list view.
    • List: Sequential entries for each action
      Note: Drag the selected action within the task logic.
    • Dual: Split screen of the Flow and List views
  2. Run your bot from your device.

    See Run your first bot.

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