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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. Select your licensing model and, depending on your choice, click Download free or Download trial.
  4. Fill in the registration form and click Submit.

  5. You will see End User License Agreement and the Subscription Order. To continue, press Accept and Download.

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

All the required components are downloaded during installation. In case you have any issues with downloading, refer to Installation Best Practice.

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.

If you have an earlier version of RPA Express installed, the installer prompts you to update your current version as soon as you run it. In this case, refer to the How to Update RPA Express.

Preconditions

  1. Make sure your computer meets System Requirements.

  2. Stop your running programs.

  3. Check if automatic Windows updates are not running at the moment. Otherwise, they should be paused.

  4. Run the installer as Administrator.

  5. In case installation includes a Server package, make sure you open ports 15100, 15110, 15280 for external usage inside your network (if you plan to use it on other computers).

  6. Make sure that ports 15410-15423, 15444, 15580, 15306 are closed to any external interaction.

While there can be multiple users on a server, only one user is able to run RPA Express at a time.

Selecting Licensing Model

RPA Express Licensing Models

  • RPA Express Starter is a completely free product for individual use only, with no trial period, no license generated, and less system requirements. Within the licensing model, WorkFusion Studio is installed, OCR and RPA components are provided.

  • RPA Express Pro Business Trial – during the trial period of 30 days, you can use all Pro features available with RPA Express Pro Business. After the trial period expires, you can either subscribe and continue RPA Express Pro Business, as a fully-featured enterprise product, or continue working in Control Tower with the limited features.

  • RPA Express Pro Business includes the whole set of server components together with WorkFusion Studio, thus enabling you to automate complex use cases, manage multiple bots, and run automation unattended at scale.

Installing RPA Express

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


The installation procedure described below refers to RPA Express 2.3.0. To install earlier versions, refer to Installing RPA Express 2.2.3 and Earlier Versions.

Depending on what licensing model you have selected, the installation procedure varies. At the moment, there are two installation options.

  • Development Workstation – installation of WorkFusion Studio together with OCR and RPA components for developing and testing RPA automation. No server components (Control Tower, WorkSpace, File Storage) are available for the installation within RPA Express Starter licensing model.

  • Development Workstation and Server – installation of WorkFusion Studio and all server components to manage multiple bots and running automation unattended at scale. The installation type is available for RPA Express Pro Business and Trial licensing models.

Let's see installation scenarios according to the selected licensing models.

RPA Express Starter

RPA Express Starter refers to a completely free product, with no trial period, no license generated, and less system requirements.

If you have downloaded RPA Express Starter, you will be able to install WorkFusion Studio, together with OCR and RPA components. The installation type available in this scenario is Development Workstation (Free) only.

Development Workstation

 RPA Express Starter – Development Workstation installation

To install RPA Express, follow the steps below.

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

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

  6. Development Workstation (Free) is selected by default. Click Next to proceed.

  7. On the RPA Express Administrator Credentials screen, enter Administrator username and password that will be used to centrally manage your automations and click Next.

    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.

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

  9. Accept a security prompt 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 applications try to make changes to a 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.

  10. Wait until the installation is finished and click Finish. To launch RPA Express, click on the RPA Express icon on your desktop.

To be able to connect to Control Tower, install server components Changing RPA Express Setup. Mind that your licensing model has to be changed as well.

RPA Express Pro Business

RPA Express Pro Business has several licensing models to follow.

  • RPA Express Pro Business Trial – has the trial period of 30 days for you to use all Pro features. After the trial period expires, you can either subscribe and work in RPA Express Pro Business, as a fully-featured enterprise product. At the end of the 30-day period, you can still keep using RPA Express for free but capabilities will be limited to a single bot on a single machine.

  • RPA Express Pro Business includes the whole set of server components together with WorkFusion Studio, thus enabling you to automate complex use cases, manage multiple bots, and run automation unattended at scale.

The installation types available in this scenario are both Development Workstation and Development Workstation and Server.

When installing Development Workstation, mind that the installation procedure varies depending on whether you have downloaded a free version or a trial one.

Development Workstation

 RPA Express Pro Business – Development Workstation installation
  1. Run RPAExpressInstaller.exe.
  2. To start installation process, 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 checkbox I agree to share usage analytics, that can help WorkFusion to improve its products is optional to check.

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

  6. Select Development Workstation and click Next to proceed.

  7. Enter the hostname or IP address of RPA Express Server and provide the credentials for Control Tower and WorkSpace. Click Next to proceed.


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

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

  9. Accept a security prompt 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 applications try to make changes to a 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.

  10. Wait until the installation is finished and click Finish. To launch RPA Express, click on the RPA Express icon on your desktop.

Development Workstation and Server

 RPA Express Pro Business – Development Workstation and Server installation
  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 checkbox I agree to share usage analytics, that can help WorkFusion to improve its products is optional to check.

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

  6. On the Installation Type screen, select Development Workstation and Server and click Next.


  7. Enter the number of bots to be run on Server. Mind that each bot requires a user account to be created. To select multiple bots, you need:

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

    2. 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 can install 1 bot only.

  8. Enter Administrator username and password that will be used to centrally manage RPA Express components, users, and automations. Click Next to proceed.

    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, and File Storage.

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

  10. Accept a security prompt 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 applications try to make changes to a computer.

    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.

  11. (Optional) Restart the installer.

    RDS Licensing Activation

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

     Click here to see available variants

    Condition

    Action to take

    Case 1

    > 2 bots installed, RDS license wasn't active previously

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

    Case 2

    > 2 bots installed, RDS license is already active

    No additional actions needed as the license is already active

    Case 3

    2 bots installed, RDS license wasn't active previously

    No additional actions needed as the RDS license is not required

  12. Wait until the installation is finished and click Finish. To launch RPA Express, click on the RPA Express icon on your desktop.

Starting from RPA Express 2.3.0, no tray menu is available. If you click on the RPA Express icon in the tray menu, it redirects you to the Components section of this user guide.

Once RPA Express is installed, you can modify some core features with no need to reinstall. For more details, refer to How to Modify RPA Express.

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