Task Capture
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Task Capture
Last updated May 13, 2024

Security Information

UiPath strives to maintain a high-security level of the data you capture during the use of Task Capture.

By default, Task Capture doesn't send any captured/user data in any cloud storage. Keep in mind that this behavior does not include uploading the captured processes into Automation Hub, Test Manager, or UiPath Studio as this is done upon your specific request.

The captured data is stored in a .ssp file which is a ZIP archive, containing two data JSON files and a screenshots folder. The JSON files are the ones storing the data of the captured process, including the action titles, description, diagram, metrics, metadata about captured actions, etc.

The metadata for each action includes only the first letter of the keyboard input. If during the capturing process you typed your password or other sensitive information only the first letter is stored in the metadata.json file.

The Action Title and Description are stored as complete strings of that value in the document.json file. This means that you have to manually remove all the sensitive data captured in these spaces.

Since masking sensitive data during the recording is not a build-in functionality you can follow the options described below in order to avoid sensitive data that might have been caught during the capturing process and included in the PDD file.

  • Task Capture recognizes the keyboard inputs during the recording and automatically inserts them into the Action Description property of the action.
  • The Word template file, used for generating the PDD, contains particular variables, which are replaced into the real values from the process document during the exporting. These variables are {Title}, {Description}, {actionDescription}, etc. Find out more details in the Creating Your Own Word Template.

There are 2 ways to avoid including the captured sensitive data into the PDD file:

  • Manually remove the Action Description field of every action, which contains the recorded keyboard inputs (passwords, logins, etc.).
  • Manually remove the {actionDescription} variable from the Word template file by following the below steps:

    Note: Please keep in mind that by removing the {actionDescription} variable from the Word template the actions captured will no longer display the description information.
    1. Access the Export & Publish page > Word Document format > Template View.
    2. Hover over the default UiPath PDD template. and click Edit Template.
    3. Click OK. A copy of the default template named UiPath PDD (Copy) is created. The folder with the template files is opened automatically.
    4. Open the Template folder > 'template.docx file.
    5. Search for the {actionDescription} variable and delete it including the curly brackets. Save the changes.
    6. Go back to the application and select the UiPath PDD (Copy) template > Export.

Task Capture doesn't save full data in any raw files in case you remove it manually from the .ssp file.

Temporary and Back up Files

Task Capture uses the following folders for temporarily storing files:

  • %AppData%\Task Capture\Temp folder is used as temporary storage for saving screenshots after each session. This folder is cleaned up automatically​ after 3 days.
    • The %AppData%\Task Capture\Temp clean up automatically leads to cleaning up the AppData\Roaming\Task Capture\Temp folder. Note that the time for completing this action is 3 days.
  • %AppData%\Task Capture\Backups folder is used for saving backup files in .ssp format. This folder is cleaned up automatically after 1 day.
    Note: Please keep in mind that the cleanup can be done only when the Task Capture tool is used.

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