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Downloading RPA Express

To download RPA Express, follow the instructions below.

  1. Open the WorkFusion website.
  2. Click Get free RPA in the top-right corner, or select Products > Robotic Process Automation Express  RPA Express.

  3. Click Download now.
  4. Fill in the registration form and click Submit.

    You are automatically redirected to the download page, and RPAExpressInstaller.exe (18 MB) is downloaded automatically.

Installing RPA Express

Before RPA Express installation, make sure your machine meets System Requirements.

All the required components are downloaded during installation.


Due to network issues or firewalls, the download of additional packages may not be successful sometimes. 

 Click here for a workaround

If download cannot be performed, the following dialog window appears.

To fix the problem, do as follows.

  1. Click the download mirror link to get redirected to this page.
  2. To download the full package, click one of the available Click here links.

    Full package size is about 2 GB.

    The mirror link is a Dropbox-based file share, which may be blocked in your corporate network. In this case, escalate to rpaexpress@workfusion.com to figure out the way to get the file

  3. Once the package is downloaded, right-click the compressed folder and select Extract all from the context menu.
  4. By default, the compressed files extract in the same location as the zipped folder. Click Browse to specify another location.
  5. To proceed, press Extract.
  6. To launch RPAExpressInstaller.exe, right-click the file and select Run as administrator.

To install RPA Express, follow the steps below.

  1. Run RPAExpressInstaller.exe.
  2. To start installation process, you must accept the License Agreement. Click License Agreement to view it. 
  3. Read the License Agreement carefully. Use the scroll bar or press the page down key.
  4. To accept, check I accept the terms in the License Agreement and press Next.

    The I agree to share usage analytics, that can help WorkFusion to improve its products checkbox is optional to check.

  5. Enter the email you used when registering for RPA Express.

Selecting Installation Type

RPA Express 2.1 Installation Types

Licensing Models

  • RPA Express Starter – Server + Workstation installation, single local Bot, single local Control Tower user
  • Trial – during the trial period of 30 days, you can use all Pro features available with RPA Express Pro
  • RPA Express Pro – Server and multiple Workstations, multiple Control Tower users, and multiple concurrent Bots depending on hardware resources of the Server machine

Variant 1. Installing Server and Workstation

  1. On the Installation Type screen, select both RPA Express Application Server and RPA Express Workstation and click Next

  2. Enter the number of bots to be run on Server. To select multiple bots, you need:

    1. Windows Server: 2012, 2012 R2, or 2016

    2. a user account created for each additional bot

    3. 2 GB of RAM for each additional bot (refer to System Requirements)

       If the machine has non-server OS, you cannot install more than 1 bot on it.

  3. Enter the default username and password for RPA Express Administrator.

    Pick any username and password at your choice, though observe the following requirements.

     The username should be 5 to 20 characters long and contain lowercase Latin letters and digits. Special symbols are not allowed.

     The password should be 8 to 20 characters long and contain Latin letters and digits. Special symbols are not allowed.

    The credentials entered at this step are used to log in to Control Tower, WorkSpace, Platform Monitor, and File Storage.

Variant 2. Installing Server

Server installation is only available on Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, and 2016.

  1. Select RPA Express Application Server and click Next.

  2. Enter the number of bots to be run on Server.

    The number of bots depends on the server resources and the tasks the bots perform (refer to System Requirements). It is recommended to reserve about 2 GB of RAM for each bot.

  3. Enter the default username and password for RPA Express Administrator.

    Pick any username and password at your choice, though observe the following requirements.

    The username should be 5 to 20 characters long and contain lowercase Latin letters and digits. Special symbols are not allowed.

    The password should be 8 to 20 characters long and contain Latin letters and digits. Special symbols are not allowed.

    The credentials entered at this step are used to log in to Control Tower, WorkSpace, Platform Monitor, and File Storage.

Variant 3. Installing Workstation

  1. Select RPA Express Workstation and click Next.


  2. Enter the hostname or IP address of RPA Express Server. Provide the credentials for Control Tower.

    The username and password entered at this step should match the credentials created on the Server to which the machine connects.

  3. Click Test Connection to verify that the hostname/IP address and Control Tower credentials are correct.

  4. Click Next to proceed.

Finalizing Installation

  1. Set the destination folder for RPA Express installation and click Install.

  2. Accept security prompts by clicking Yes.

    The window above appears in case the current Windows user does not have Administrator rights. User Access Control (UAC) is set to notify the user when apps try to make changes to computer.

    The installation process will start.

    Tip

    While installation is performed, you can watch a short intro to get familiar with RPA Express main features. Click on a video thumbnail on the installer screen to open it in your browser.

  3. (Optional) Restart the installer.

    RDS Licensing Activation

    During RPA Express installation, RDS licensing is activated automatically. Depending on the number of bots, installation type, and the RDS license current state, restart might be required at this stage.

     Click here to see available variants
    ConditionAction to take
    Case 1

    a) Server installation, >1 bot installed, RDS license wasn't active previously

    b) Server + Workstation installation, >2 bots installed, RDS license wasn't active previously

    To activate the license, the installer should be restarted before RPA Express launch
    Case 2

    a) Server installation, >1 bot installed, RDS license is already active

    b) Server + Workstation installation, >2 bots installed, RDS license is already active

    No additional actions needed as the license is already active
    Case 3

    a) Server installation, 1 bot installed, RDS license wasn't active previously

    b) Server + Workstation installation, 2 bots installed, RDS license wasn't active previously

    No additional actions needed as the RDS license is not required


  4. Wait until the installation is finished.


  5. Click Finish. As soon as the installation is finished, you will see a welcome message.
  6. To have a quick walk-through, watch a start tour.

Once RPA Express is installed, you can modify some core features with no need to reinstall. See sections Modifying Credentials and Changing Number of Bots for more details.

Updating RPA Express

If you have an earlier version of RPA Express installed, the installer prompts you to update your current version.

Refer to the How to Update RPA Express section for more information on how to update your RPA Express version.

Viewing RPA Express Tray Menu

The RPA Express icon will appear in the system tray. To open the RPA Express panel, click the tray icon.

  

From the RPA Express tray menu, you can view statuses of all RPA Express components and manage them. See Platform Monitor for more details.

To access WorkFusion Studio, select it in the tray menu. See How to Use RPA Recorder for more details.

Keep in mind that it can take several minutes to start Control Tower and WorkSpace.

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