Create an action Create a reusable component to automate one or more steps of a process. Before you begin Role required: action_designer or admin Create a custom application to store Flow Designer content. About this task Action designers should know the application table structure and be aware of any existing business logic associated with the target tables of an action. Be sure to disable any conflicting business rules or workflows before creating an action. Creating a custom application to contain your Flow Designer content enables you to deploy it using the application repository or the ServiceNow Store. Procedure Navigate to Flow Designer > Designer, click the Actions tab, and select New Action to get to the Action Designer screen. Fill in the Action Properties and click Submit. Field Description Name Name of action. Accessible From Accessible from all application scoped or only within the specified application scope. Category Defined category within the application scope for an action. Protection Protects the action as Read-only or None. If an action is read-only, it cannot be changed. The default value is None. Description Description of the action. Application Application scope of the action. In-Flow Annotation Help text that appears under the action title in Flow Designer to help flow designers understand what the action does when used in a flow. An empty flow opens. Define action inputs to make data available to the action steps and outputs. Select + Create Input and complete the fields. Field Description Name Name of the variable. This value is the name of the data pill in the right-hand pane. Type Data type of the variable. For supported data types, see Action input and output data types. Reference Table Reference table for the data type. Only required for the following data types: Conditions Document ID Records Reference Template Value Inputs are represented as data pills in the right-hand pane. You can add inputs to steps and outputs in the flow by dragging and dropping data pills. Add an action step to perform an operation on the action inputs. Click the + underneath Inputs in the Action Outline. Select the step you would like to perform. Complete the fields in the step. Add action outputs to make data available to a flow. Select + Create Outputs and complete the fields. Field Description Name Name of the variable. This value is the name of the data pill in the right-hand pane when the action is added to a flow. Value Data used previously in the action either in a step or input. Adding a variable to the output makes the value available to the flow. Click Save. Action Designer saves a draft of the action. What to do nextTest the action by adding it to a flow that has Show draft actions set to true. To add the action to a published flow, or a flow that has Show draft actions set to false, you must first click Publish. Note: By default, the system only runs published actions.