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 the installation and activation details for Nintex RPA Central.

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

Important: 

Note the following if you are installing Nintex RPA Central 2.0:

  • The installation includes an upgrade to Nintex RPA Central 2.0, which requires all Nintex Bots to be on version 17.0. Before you upgrade, Nintex recommends planning a maintenance time window to:
    1. Cancel all botflow instances.
    2. Unpublish all botflows that are scheduled to run within your planned maintenance time window. You can also back up or export key Botflows.
    3. Upgrade Nintex RPA Central and Nintex Bots.
  • This release also does not include support for processing Datasets within 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 you upgrading to Nintex RPA Central 2.0.

Install Nintex RPA Central

  1. Log in to 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. The Nintex RPA Central installer screen displays.
  4. Optional: Click Optionsand Browse to an alternate installation directory.
  5. Click Install to begin the installation.
  6. Note: Microsoft .NET Core Runtime and Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Express install on the machine if not already installed.

  7. Click Close when the installation completes. Nintex RPA Central displays in your default browser.

To complete the installation, keep your license key ready. The license key will be emailed to you upon purchase. The license key will be in the following format: XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX

Activate your Nintex RPA Central license key

  1. Enter your license key in the Nintex RPA Central screen.
  2. 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 in the Windows Start menu.

    The Nintex RPA Central License screen displays.

  3. Enter the Nintex RPA license you received in your welcome email and click Submit.
  4. The Nintex RPA Central Dashboard displays when the services have completed restarting.

Note: Ensure that the user activating the license key is the same Admin user that installed Nintex RPA Central. If it is not the same user it would result in a 403 error.

Set your Nintex RPA Central URL and security certificate

Hosting Nintex RPA Central on a server will allow 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 will 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 which 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 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. RPAC URL

  5. Click Add Port. Type the port number in the Port field.
  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 described below:
  7. Select a security certificate from the Security certificate drop-down list. The Nintex RPA Central URL and Port field display.
  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 bots in excess of your licensed bot entitlement. For more information, see License and subscription.

Step 1: Download a Nintex Bot on the Nintex RPA Central server (Optional)

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. The Bots page displays.
  3. Add Nintex bot

  4. Click Add Nintex Bot.
    1. Click Nintex Bot. The NintexRPABotSetup<version>.exe file is downloaded.

    2. Click Copy URL to copy the Nintex RPA Central URL.

      Tip: Paste the URL in a text file as you must paste it in the Nintex Bot (Step 3.4) to request access to Nintex RPA Central.

Step 2: Install Nintex Bot on other machines

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

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

  3. Click Nintex Bot to download and install the Bot.
  4. Click Copy URL to copy the Nintex RPA Central URL.
  5. Tip: Paste the URL in a text file as you must paste it in the Nintex Bot(Step 3.4) to request access to Nintex RPA Central.

  1. Accept the default settings and click Next till you complete all the installation steps.
  2. Go to Step 3: Request access to Nintex RPA Central in Nintex Bot

Step 3: Request access to Nintex RPA Central in Nintex Bot

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

    Request access

  1. Type a Bot name to identify this Nintex Bot in Nintex RPA Central.
  2. Paste the Nintex RPA Central URL you copied in Step 2d.
  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 Step 4: Grant access to Nintex Bot in Nintex RPA Central.

Step 4: 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. The Bots page displays.
  3. For the Nintex Bot you want to grant access, click > Grant access. You can now assign this Nintex Bot to the botflows you have created on the Botflows page.

Next step:

Post-installation fixes