Control-M for Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere is a robotic process automation (RPA) software, which enables you to create bots that observe human actions in the digital workplace, identify repetitive rules-based tasks, and automate these tasks.

Control-M for Automation Anywhere enables you to do the following:

  • Connect to any Automation Anywhere endpoint from a single computer with secure login, which eliminates the need to provide authentication.
  • Integrate Automation Anywhere jobs with other Control-M jobs into a single scheduling environment.
  • Execute Automation Anywhere Bots or Processes.
  • Monitor the status, results, and output of Automation Anywhere jobs in the Monitoring domain.
  • Attach an SLA job to your Automation Anywhere jobs.
  • Introduce all Control-M capabilities to Control-M for Automation Anywhere including advanced scheduling criteria, complex dependencies, Resource Pools, Lock Resources, and variables.
  • Run 50 Automation Anywhere jobs simultaneously per Agent.

Setting up Control-M for Automation Anywhere

This procedure describes how to install the Automation Anywhere plug-in, create a connection profile, and define a Automation Anywhere job in Helix Control-M and Automation API.

Before you Begin

  • Verify that Automation API is installed, as described in Setting up the API.
  • Verify that Agent version or later is installed.
  • If you plan to run jobs simultaneously (rather than sequentially), ensure that you have enabled multi-login through Automation Anywhere. For more information, see Multi-login user in the Automation Anywhere documentation.


  1. On the Agent host, set the Java environment variable by running one of the following commands through a command line:
    • Linux:
      • Bourne shell/bash: export BMC_INST_JAVA_HOME=<java_11_directory>
      • csh/tcsh: setenv BMC_INST_JAVA_HOME <java_11_directory>
    • Windows: set BMC_INST_JAVA_HOME="<java_11_directory>"
  2. Run one of the following API commands:
    • For a fresh installation, use the provision image command:
      • Linux: ctm provision image AAR_plugin.Linux
      • Windows: ctm provision image AAR_plugin.Windows
    • For an upgrade, use the following command:
      ctm provision agent::update
  3. Create an Automation Anywhere connection profile in Helix Control-M or Automation API, as follows:
  4. Define an Automation Anywhere job in Helix Control-M or Automation API, as follows:


To remove this plug-in from an Agent, follow the instructions in Removing a Plug-in. The plug-in ID is AAR072022.

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