Install Nintex RPA Central and activate license key

AdministratorA user who can use all functionality in both and Nintex Bot. role required.

This topic describes how to install and activate Nintex RPA Central.

Important: 
  • If you are installing Nintex RPA Central for someone other than yourself (such as an IT department installation for an employee), ensure that you add the intended person as a user as described in Add a user in Nintex RPA Central so that the user can access Nintex RPA Central.

  • If you are installing or upgrading to Nintex RPA Central 2.0 or above, all Nintex Bots must first be on version 17.0. Before you upgrade, plan a maintenance time window to:

  • The Nintex RPA Central 2.0 release does not include support for processing datasets in Nintex RPA Central. However, you can still process datasets with Nintex Bots. If you have a job with a dataset that was configured in Nintex RPA Central, and you are upgrading to Nintex RPA Central 2.0, the botflow will stop working. You can let the dataset job complete first before upgrading to Nintex RPA Central 2.0 or you can upgrade to Nintex RPA Central 2.1 or above (recommended).

Install Nintex RPA Central

  1. Log into the computer with a Windows account that has local administrator rights.
  2. Download the Nintex RPA Central installation file from the Product Releases page.
  3. Launch the Nintex RPA Central installation file from your computer's Downloads folder.
  4. (Optional) Click Options and Browse to an alternate installation directory.
  5. Click Install.
  6. Note: If they are not already installed, Microsoft .NET Core Runtime and Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Express are installed on the machine.

  7. Click Close when the installation completes.

    Nintex RPA Central displays in your default web browser.

To complete the installation, have your license key ready. The license key is emailed to you after you purchase Nintex RPA Central and is in the following format: XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX

Activate your Nintex RPA Central license key

  1. Log into the computer with the same Windows account that has local administrator rights and that installed Nintex RPA Central. If it is not the same administrative user, you will see error 403.
  2. Type your license key that you received in your welcome email in the Nintex RPA Central screen and click Submit. The license key is emailed to you after you purchase Nintex RPA Central and is in the following format: XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX
  3. The Nintex RPA Central service restarts and then the Nintex RPA Central Dashboard displays.

    Note: If Nintex RPA Central did not display after the initial installation, you can launch it manually from the Nintex RPA Central shortcut on your desktop or from Nintex RPA Central in the Windows Start menu.

Set your Nintex RPA Central URL and security certificate

Hosting Nintex RPA Central on a server allows you and other users on your domain to create botflows and assign them to one Nintex Bot (Standard edition) or up to five Nintex Bots (Enterprise edition). To host Nintex RPA Central, you need to assign it to a URL, add a port number, and select a security certificate.

Important: Nintex RPA Central can use a security certificate specifically generated for this server that is trusted by your domain. Check with your IT administrator to ensure selecting this solution is appropriate for your implementation in a production environment. If it's not, you can specify your own certificate provided by your IT administrator. A digital signature from a Certificate Authority (CA) attests that a particular public key certificate is valid. Applications can then perform certificate revocation checks against that CA to determine if the certificate is valid. If a certificate has been compromised, the CA can revoke it and it will no longer show up as valid in applications.

  1. On the top navigation bar, click Settings.

  2. Click License and subscription in the side navigation menu.
  3. In the About section, to the right of the Nintex RPA Central field, click > Edit.

    The Host Nintex RPA Central panel is displayed on the right.

  4. Click Add Port.
  5. Type the Port number.
  6. Click Select certificate. Your IT administrator must provide a security certificate that specifies the URL to use for Nintex RPA Central. The certificate must be on the local machine and meet the Nintex RPA Central certificate requirements. Click below to verify them.
  7. Select a security certificate from the Security certificate drop-down list.
  8. Click Set URL.

    The Nintex RPA Central URL is configured and displayed.

Note: 

If you are using Windows 10, you must update the server firewall settings to allow access from any machine on the domain.

Install and configure a Nintex Bot

Follow these steps to add a Nintex Bot in Nintex RPA Central. This Nintex Bot can then be assigned for running botflows from the Botflows page.

Note: You cannot add and enable Nintex Bots in excess of your licensed bot entitlement. For more information, see License and subscription.

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(Optional) Download the Nintex Bot setup file from Nintex RPA Central

AdministratorA user who can use all functionality in both and Nintex Bot. role required.

Note: If you already downloaded Nintex Bot from the from the Product Releases page, or if it was automatically deployed to your system, you do not need to complete the instructions in this step.

  1. On the top navigation bar, click Dashboard.
  2. Click Bots in the side navigation menu.
  3. Click Add Nintex Bot.
  4. Click Nintex Bot.

    The NintexRPABotSetup<version>.exe setup file is downloaded. The setup file version that is downloaded is dependent on your Nintex RPA Central version. This setup file can be installed on any machine in your domain.

  5. Click Copy URL to copy the Nintex RPA Central URL.
  6. Paste the URL in a text file so that later you can copy and paste it in the Nintex Bot to request access to Nintex RPA Central.

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Install Nintex Bot on other machines

  1. Request a Nintex RPA Central URL from your Administrator. For more information, see User management.

  2. Click on the URL that you received from the Nintex RPA Central Administrator.

  3. Click Nintex Bot.
  4. Click Copy URL to copy the Nintex RPA Central URL.
  5. Paste the URL in a text file so that later you can copy and paste it in the Nintex Bot to request access to Nintex RPA Central.
  6. Accept the default settings and click Next until you complete all of the installation steps.

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Request access to Nintex RPA Central in Nintex Bot

  1. From the Windows Start menu, open Nintex Bot. Click OK if the Warning screen displays.
  2. Note: To return to the Request access to Nintex RPA Central screen at any time, click (gear icon) in the bottom right corner of the Nintex RPA Home screen.

  1. Type a Bot name to identify this Nintex Bot in Nintex RPA Central.
  2. Paste the Nintex RPA Central URL that you copied into the text file.
  3. Click Request access.

    The Nintex Bot access requested details are displayed on the Bots page in Nintex RPA Central. An administrator must grant access to the Nintex Bot as described in Install Nintex RPA Central and activate license key.

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Grant access to Nintex Bot in Nintex RPA Central

AdministratorA user who can use all functionality in both and Nintex Bot. role required.

  1. On the top navigation bar, click Dashboard.
  2. Click Bots in the side navigation menu.
  3. For the Nintex Bot you want to grant access, click > Grant access.

    You can now assign this Nintex Bot to the botflows that you have created on the Botflows page.

Next step:

Post-installation fixes