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About Publishing Automation Projects

Publishing an automation project means archiving the workflow and all the other files in the folder so that it can be sent to Robots and then executed.

Automation projects can be published to Orchestrator, a custom NuGet feed or locally. After publishing to Orchestrator, the archived project is displayed in the Packages page. From here you can distribute it to other Robots, by assigning the package to an environment (creating a process).

Additionally, automation projects may be published to a custom NuGet feed, with the option to also add an API key if the feed requires authentication.

Publishing projects locally requires you to provide a path on the local machine, different than the location where process packages are published. From here, you can later manually send the packages to the Robots, so they can be executed. The default local publish location is %ProgramData%\\UiPath\\Packages.

This can be easily done by using the Publish button on the Design ribbon tab. Please note that automation projects cannot be published if the project.json file is located in a read-only location.

To publish an automation project:

  1. In Studio, create a new project.
  2. In the Design ribbon tab, click Publish. The Publish window opens. Notice that the window's title bar changes depending on the context:
    • Publish Process when publishing a process;
    • Publish Library when publishing a library project;
    • Publish UI Library when publishing a UI library project;
    • Publish Test Cases when publishing test cases.
  1. In the Package Properties tab, modify or type a name for the package. The drop-down list contains up to 5 of the most recent names of packages that you previously published.
  2. In the Version section, review the Current Version of your project, and type a New Version if needed. Check the Is Prerelease box to mark the version as alpha. Please note that this automatically changes the project’s version schema to semantic. When publishing a new version of the file locally, make sure that the custom location does not already include a file with the same proposed version number. For more details about project versioning, check the About Automation Projects page.
  3. In the Release Notes category, type in the details about the version and other relevant information. Release notes for published projects are visible in the Packages section in Orchestrator. Please note that the Release Notes field accepts a maximum of 10,000 characters.
  4. Click Next to advance to Publish options.
  1. Choose one of the three available options for publishing:
    • Robot Defaults - the path is C:\ProgramData\UiPath\Packages. Option not available if the Robot or Agent Desktop is connected to Orchestrator. This is the default package location of the Robot and Agent Desktop. Projects published here automatically appear in the tray.
    • Custom feed - either a custom NuGet feed URL or local folder. Adding an API Key is optional.
    • Orchestrator Tenant or Orchestrator Personal Workspace - available if the Robot or Agent Desktop is connected to Orchestrator. Please note that the Orchestrator Personal Workspace feed is only available if the connected Orchestrator has the Personal Workspace feature enabled.
      Click Next to advance to the Certificate signing tab, or Publish to publish your project.
  2. (Optional) Certificate Signing section, add a local Certificate Path next to the Certificate box. Furthermore, add the Certificate Password and an optional certificate Timestamper if needed. For more details, check out the Signing Packages page.

Note:

Currently .pfx and .p12 certificate extensions are accepted for signing projects.

  1. Click Publish. The entire project folder is archived into a .nupkg file, and uploaded to Orchestrator, the custom NuGet feed or saved in the local directory.
  2. If the project is published successfully, the Info dialog box is displayed and the project is copied to the NuGet location set in the NuGetServerUrl parameter, in the UiPath.settings file.

The Info dialog box displays:

  • The name under which the package was published.
  • The version number under which the package was published;
  • The location where the project was published if the project was published locally or in the Robot's Default. Click the path to go to the package, except if the publish location was Orchestrator.
  • The Details option which expands a list containing the names of project files that were published.
  • The Copy to Clipboard option.

Information added during publishing, like the publish location is persisted in the window, so it can be used for subsequent publish actions performed for the same type of project. Each time you click Publish, a new version of the project is created and sent to the packages feed. Publishing to a secure feed can be authenticated either through the Robot Key, Orchestrator credentials, Windows authentication, or API key.

Important:

Published projects must not be unpackaged. To make any changes, please open the initial .xaml file in Studio, perform the changes, and then publish the project again.

Updated 7 days ago


About Publishing Automation Projects


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