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Setting up Action Flows in Studio

Action Flows enrich the Celonis Platform platform by providing out-of-the-box integrations and intelligent automations to trigger actions in numerous operational systems like SAP, Oracle, and Salesforce.

Within Celonis Studio, you can build literally any automation - from sending out emails, managing files, updating sales orders in SAP, to simply getting data from various tools. Leverage the drag-and-drop builder to add any application to your automated workflows… and to automate any process of any complexity.


In simple terms, an Action Flow is a way to define an automated process flow. It consists of multiple events, decision points and alternative routes and it can involve an arbitrary number of different applications.

Before you get started

Before you get started with Action Flows you should think about the following questions and topics to be prepared.

Which category does it fall into?

1. Communication

(e.g. Notify when duplicate invoice detected)

2. Productivity

(e.g. Parse customer emails and update sales orders)

3. Decision making?

(e.g. Set payment block for duplicate invoice)

Prepare a high-level outline of all the steps that will lead to your desired outcome. This could look the following way:

  1. Query data.

  2. Aggregate this data by a certain attribute.

  3. Communicate this information in some way (email, Slack, MS Teams)

Which systems are involed in the flow you outlined?

1. Connection

  1. System connection / User connection?

    → Required permissions for modules?

  2. Which user connection to use? User name? PW?

    → Currently, only package-wide connections are possible

2. For Microsoft Outlook e.g. which functionalities are needed?

→ Different authorizations are needed for different functionalities - which authorizations are needed: Create message - Microsoft Graph v1.0

3. What data is required for which action and in which format?

In order to kickstart your Action Flow implementation, we provide frequently used templates. You can find specific use cases as well as snippets that you can use for different scenarios. The templates can be used as an inspiration for how key modules are connected in various use cases. See Action Flow Templates.

Setting Up Action Flows in Celonis Studio
  1. Click the + icon next to your package and select "Action Flow".

  2. Give your Action Flow a name.

    The key will be automatically created. This key is unique and can be used to refer to a specific Action Flow throughout the Celonis Platform.

  3. (Optional) Add a description.

  4. Select automation type:

    • Automatic - select this option if you want your Action Flow to be started manually; the scheduling of the Action Flow is automatically set to On-demand.

    • Manual - select this option if you want your Action Flow to run according to a schedule; the scheduling of the Action Flow is set to According to scheduling.

  5. (Optional) Set the number of consecutive errors after which the Action Flow will be disabled.

  6. Click Create.

  • In general, Action Flows consist of five different module types:

  • In addition, you can use a variety of different tools such as:

  • You can add any number of modules to your Action Flow and recreate any business logic needed.

Draft vs. Published

In the edit mode, you are working on your Action Flow in "draft" mode. As soon as the Action Flow is published, all changes are being pushed to the published version.


At any time during the creation process, you can run your Action Flow manually to test single modules or the entire Action Flow.


Publishing is necessary to activate the Action Flow for the first time and after making any changes to the Action Flow.

  • As long as you're developing and testing your Action Flows, you most likely only run your Action Flows manually.

  • Once you want to run them automatically, you need to:

    1. Define a schedule.

      You can adjust the schedule of your Action Flow at any time directly in the View mode by clicking on the clock of your first module.

    2. Activate the Action Flow.


      Once activated, the Action Flow will start new executions. When you deactivate the Action Flow, no new executions will be allowed to run, however, any running executions will be allowed to finish.

You can adjust the schedule of your Action Flow at any time directly in the View mode by clicking on the clock of your first module.

The Overview shows you your currently published Action Flow and provides:

  • information about currently running executions,

  • a preview of the execution history

  • and high-level statistics on your executions over time.

Log retention time

Logs are stored for 30 days inside the Celonis Platform.


For more detailed information, you can go to the History to deep-dive into every single execution.