Robots Agent administration

Major new capabilities coming to Robots

Starting in Spring 2021, Diligent is beginning a phased introduction of major new capabilities in Robots. Our plan is to roll out the capabilities over a number of months, with completion expected some time in the final quarter of 2021.

The new capabilities are listed in the expected sequence of their release:

  • Cloud-based scripting (Released)

    Use Python as well as HighBond Command Language (HCL), our new custom Python library, to write scripts directly in Robots.

    With cloud-based scripting we're adding two new robot types: Workflow robots, followed by HighBond robots.

    The existing robot type, now called an ACL robot, continues to support data analysis and data automation using ACLScript and scripts uploaded from Analytics.

  • Workflow robots (Released, customizable event-based triggering not yet available)

    Event-based Workflow robots allow System Admins with a Professional subscription type to automate portions of their organization's HighBond workflow.

  • HighBond robots (Released)

    HighBond robots support domain-focused data analysis.

  • File and data management (Not released)

    Associated with the new robot types are new capabilities for securely and conveniently storing and accessing files and data.

For more information, see Scripting in Robots.


Robots is a HighBond app that also forms part of the ACL Robotics product suite.

Robots administration includes user and agent management for the app. Agent management does not apply for individuals and companies with ACL Robotics Professional Edition.

For companies with an on-premise Robots Agent, administration also includes verifying that system requirements are satisfied on the server running the installed agent.


For information about assigning roles and permissions to users in Robots, see Robots app permissions.

For information about using Robots, see Automating work with Robots.

ACL Robotics architecture and workflow

The ACL Robotics architecture and workflow differs depending on the type of Robots Agent in use.

Organizations with ACL Robotics Enterprise Edition have the option of using an on-premise Robots Agent or a cloud-based Robots Agent.

Individuals and organizations with ACL Robotics Professional Edition are restricted to a cloud-based Robots Agent only.

On-premise Robots Agent Cloud-based Robots Agent

Current version of cloud-based Robots Agent

The current version of the cloud-based Robots Agent is 15.1. Diligent updates the cloud-based Robots Agent to keep it in sync with the currently released version of the on-premise Robots Agent.


When developing analytic scripts to run in Robots, you should use the version of Analytics that matches the version of the Robots Agent. Using matching versions is not a requirement, but in some situations problems can occur if you use unmatched versions.

Administration tasks


You must be a Robots Admin to perform user management. You must have the Manage Agent permission to perform agent management. For more information, see Robots app permissions.

Task type Tasks and task information
Review specifications and limits Robots specifications and limits
User management
  • Assign Robots app roles
  • Assign the Manage Agent permission

See Robots app permissions

Robots Agent installation and administration On-premise Robots Agent system requirements
On-premise Robots Agent security
Installing or upgrading a Robots Agent
Registering a Robots Agent
Configuring a Robots Agent
Uninstall a Robots Agent
Changing the type of Robots Agent