Following our announcement in December, (UiPath Community 2021.12 Preview Release), we are very excited to share with you the new version of Assistant that can now be run on macOS.
What is it?
We continuously work on providing a better automation experience to everyone and helping people to delegate repetitive and lower-value tasks to robots across all platforms. Now you will be able to enjoy our UiPath Assistant capabilities on your macOS devices.
How can I get started?
The Assistant for macOS can be downloaded from Cloud Resource Center, and it is compatible with MacOS version 10.13 (High Sierra) and newer.
To install UiPath Assistant and Robot on MacOS, you need to use one of the .dmg files that are available in the Center (depending on your CPU architecture you can use the x64 or the ARM64 version).
The installation process is the following:
- Double click the DMG file to make its content available and a window will open showing the content
- Drag the application from the DMG window into the Applications directory to install it
- Wait for the copy process to finish
What processes can I run?
UiPath Assistant for macOS will allow you to run attended cross-platform automations. RPA developers will use UiPath Studio in Windows to create cross-platform projects and publish them to Orchestrator.
When designing a process for macOS in Studio, the testing is done using Remote Debugging and connecting to the specific macOS machine.
Regarding activity packages available for cross-platform, currently our teams are working on adding new capabilities and in the next releases you will be able to use more of them.
The table below presents all the Official UiPath packages for cross-platform projects that are available for the moment:
|UiPath.UIAutomation.Activities (Modern design)|
As an example, you can run Chrome browser automations and for this one, we added a new functionality in Assistant on macOS – the installation of Chrome extension. Keep in mind that after you install the extension you must enable it from the browser.
Any UiPath based automations involving web applications rendering properly in Chrome, can now be executed cross-platform.
Also, you can run processes that are using Integrations Service activities, so for example you can automate tasks related to your emails.
You can discover all the activities available for cross-platform by checking into “Manage packages” menu in Studio.
Can I use widgets?
The Marketplace widget is available also for macOS, but you will see only cross-platform ready-to-go automations.
The Automation Store widget is available too, but you have to make sure that you deploy cross-platform automations in your Automation Store.
The Apps widget is not available for the moment, but it will be ready as soon as the Robot.js will work on macOS.
The widgets governance is the same as on Windows – it can be done using Automation Ops.
Also, you can create custom widgets and use them from Assistant.
Currently, a couple of features from Assistant on Windows are not available on Mac, but we will work on them in the future:
- Sending Processes to desktop and display shortcuts in Start Menu
- Documenting a task (Launch Task Capture)
- Apps widget
Picture-in-Picture will not be available on macOS due to technology constraints.
For more details about Assistant for macOS, please check our documentation: Assistant on Mac - Preview