When we say X we mean it (The Official Glossary)

Process, Locator, Assistant, Step... It's actually easier than you think! πŸ•ΊπŸ’ƒ The table below is your guide to all the important terminology with Robocorp. Ready for a pop quiz?

ArtifactArtifacts are the technical output, primarily robot logs, that are generated each time a robot is run as either Process Step run or Assistant run and are stored in the Control Room.
AssistantsAssistants work together with humans to complete automated tasks in an attended way, sometimes known as β€œhuman in the loop”. Assistants require the Robocorp Assistant application to be installed on each human operator's local machine and will run on Windows, Linux and macOS.
Control RoomControl Room, aka orchestrator, is the central command of all the automations. It's a convenient way to distribute, monitor, and manage your Unattended and Attended Automations and manage who can and where they will be executed. Control Room is HIPAA, SOC 2 Type II and GDPR compliant.
LocatorLocators, aka selector, is the common name for finding and interacting with user interface elements using different strategies, such as XPath and CSS.
OrganizationOrganizations group and provide access control and admin features to Workspaces and users in Control Room. Usually, one organization represents one entity, like a company, client, or agency.
PortalPortal is the home for our robot code and solutions examples. Check out the Portal for ready-made snippets of code and complete reference architectures.
RCCRCC is a command-line tool that allows the creation, management, and distribution of Python-based self-contained automation packages. RCC is the invisible magic powering all our tools and ensuring that you will not end up with Python environment mess.
Robocorp AssistantRobocorp Assistant application provides a way to execute attended robots, a.k.a Assistants (human in the loop) in an isolated environment on a target machine. The Robocorp Assistant can access local resources on the machine and interact with the user. The application supports Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems. Installation instructions.
Robocorp CodePart of our developer tools, Robocorp Code lets you create robots, run them locally, and publish them directly to Control Room right from VS Code. Robocorp Code extension is available for free.
RobotRobots are code packages that contain one or more Tasks and, when joined together, form a Process or an Assistant. Robots are either uploaded to Control Room directly or through a version control system such as GitHub.
StepUnattended Processes consist of one or more Steps, which tell the process of what robot is run in which Environment on what condition. Each step can take inputs from the previous and send outputs to the next. By utilizing steps, you can utilize different Unattended Workers in different phases of your process and hyperscale your automation using parallelization where needed.
LogEach Step run automatically outputs a detailed log of actions and attributes (if the developer allows). This Log is HTML based and becomes one of the Artifacts and can be easily accessed from Control Room. Log is automatically available when using Robocorp Python framework
Unattended ProcessRobocorp's term for the unattended automation". A process contains Steps each of which can be assigned a different Robot which holds the logic and an Worker which provides the place to run that Robot.
VaultVault holds the secrets, such as access credentials, centrally in Control Room and lets developers and Unattended Workers access them without exposing the content.
VS Code ExtensionsVS Code is our recommended development environment, we provide extensions to help.
Work DataAnything a Process handles during its execution is referred to as Work Data. Work Data consists of individual Work Items. Work Data is similar to the term "queues" in some other RPA platforms.
Work ItemWork Item is a single entity that a Process Step handles that contains the business process data, e.g. variables or files. Each Step has its input Work Items and might generate output Work Items for the subsequent Steps. In Robocorp, each Step can be configured to process Work Items in parallel.
WorkerUnattended Worker is where the Unattended Processes' Steps run. Robocorp supports different Worker setups so that you can tailor the infrastructure according to what your automation requires rather than what your automation tool vendor dictates.
Worker GroupWorker groups is a named set of Unattended Workers. It allows Unattended Processes to run in parallel and enables building redundancy for your process executions.
WorkspaceIn the Control Room, you can create multiple Workspaces, recommended way to manage large-scale deployments in enterprise environments by segregating different business units within the same organization.
Last edit: January 30, 2024