Alteryx Workflow: Auto-Run from an event




While one can autorun an Alteryx workflow on a server or using a scheduler, those choices are not possible with a “Desktop Only” license. In such a case, one can use the “Events” option to create an event and auto-run a workflow at a specified trigger.

How To...

Open Alteryx Designer and go to the configuration settings and select the “Events” tab. Next, click on the “Add” buttons and choose the “Run Command...” as shown here.

You can choose the event trigger as: "Before Run", "After Run", "After Run With Errors", "After Run Without Errors" or "Disabled"

Command: should be specified as <C:\Program Files\Alteryx\bin\AlteryxEngineCmd.exe> (change C:\ if Alteryx installation is another directory)

Command Arguments: type the workflow name which should be run by the event, as shown

Working Directory: Set this to the folder location where the workflow resides.

In order to use "AlteryxEngineCmd.exe" you have to use the Alteryx Automation Add-on service. Automation Add-On is a separate license.

On the other hand, an event can be triggered to execute a batch file too. Create a batch file (*.bat) with this syntax.

“C:\Program Files\Alteryx\bin\AlteryxEngineCmd.exe” C:\Alteryx\My_Workflows\EventWorkflow.yxmd

The first part of the syntax is used to call the AlteryxEngineCmd with the full path enclosed in double-quotes. Then add a space to this command, followed by the location of the workflow, including the workflow name and file extension as shown.

Save the batch file and it is ready to use in a Run Command Event. Just call the batch file in the Command as shown here:


By choosing to auto-run a workflow you can reduce manual labor while at the same time it will be effective in case of troubleshooting if any errors occured in the previous step.