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Orchestrator User Guide
Last updated Feb 15, 2024

About Input and Output Arguments

We have exposed the In and Out arguments, you are already used to in Studio, as a way to seamlessly integrate the tools you use, such as various DCMs or BPMs. This means that any process you create can now receive input arguments through the Orchestrator API or interface, as well as return output to all of the aforementioned. Last but not least, this is a stepping stone in linking processes together. This extensibility helps you better integrate UiPath in your company’s ecosystem.

Note:
Only the In, Out, and In/Out arguments of the .xaml marked as Main in Studio are exposed to other apps.
The arguments are saved in the project.json of a project.

At design time, in Studio, the way you configure your project to accept In or Out arguments, with or without default values, enables you to use them in other third-party apps or Orchestrator. You can only make use of input and output arguments in Orchestrator and other third-party apps if you had added the corresponding arguments in your Studio project beforehand. If no arguments have been added in Studio, the following message is displayed: "Input arguments are not defined for this version.".

The In, Out, or In/Out arguments of a project become input and output arguments when published to Orchestrator. Please note that for In/Out arguments two different arguments are created and displayed in Orchestrator, an input and an output one, with the same name.

Providing Argument Values

Values can be provided only to input arguments, either using Studio, Orchestrator or the Orchestrator API as follows:

Studio

As default values, when creating the arguments. A short example can be found here. A default value provided for an argument in Studio can be overwritten in Orchestrator, both at process or job level.

Note: Default values provided for In arguments in Studio are not displayed in Orchestrator, at any level.

Orchestrator

  • At process level - in the Arguments tab of the View Process window, as explained here.
  • At job level - in the Arguments tab of the Start Job window, as explained here.
  • At trigger level - in the Arguments tab of the Add trigger window, as explained here.

    Note: A value provided for an input arguments at process level in Orchestrator is kept when you update the package, as long as the new package version does not concern arguments' definition.

    The storage limit for input/output arguments is 1 MB.

If you provide values for input arguments in Orchestrator, please note that they have to be provided in a JSON format. A few examples of how you can do this:

  • String - the value has to be provided without quotation marks, such as string;
  • Int32 - provide the value as you would any integer, 11;
  • Boolean - two radio buttons are displayed to help you select true or false;
  • Double - provide the value as a floating point value, such as 3.5;
  • DateTime - provide the value as a valid JSON, such as "2012-04-23T18:25:43.511Z";
  • Array - provide values as valid JSON, such as [1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8] or ["firstString", "secondString"].
    Note: Any type of In argument can be used, yet please keep in mind that only primitives are validated by Orchestrator.

Orchestrator API

Displaying Argument Values

The value of an input argument is marked as follows:

  • No value - No value was provided for the argument at process, job, schedule, or package level (in Studio).
  • Inherited from package - If the value was provided by default in Studio. This message is displayed in the Arguments window of a specific package, as well as the View Process,Start Job, and Add Schedule windows.
  • Inherited from process - If the value was provided at process level (in the View Process window). This message is displayed in the Start Job and Add Schedule window. In the View Process window, the value itself is displayed.



If input or output argument values exist, they are displayed in the Job Details window. The input values are displayed in the aforementioned window in the following cases:

  • they were added at the process level;
  • they were added at the job level.

You can also view input and output arguments at the package level, in the Package Versions window. For more information, see the Managing Packages.

Note: Workflows that were created and published to Orchestrator prior to v2018.3 must be re-uploaded with a v2018.3 (or later) Robot so that the In and Out arguments of the Main.xaml file can be displayed.

Argument Permissions

The following are required in relation to input and output arguments in Orchestrator:

  • at package level - View on Packages;
  • at process level - View and Edit on Processes;
  • at job level - Create on Jobs;
  • at trigger level - Create and/or Edit on Schedules.
  • Providing Argument Values
  • Studio
  • Orchestrator
  • Orchestrator API
  • Displaying Argument Values
  • Argument Permissions

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