Environment Variables


Windows Environment variables are strings that contain information about various system components as well as certain basic system information (i.e. drive, path and filename). They control the behavior of the system and various programs. Environment variables are very convenient in scripts where certain standard directories and parameters need to be referenced but where the actual locations or names can vary from computer to computer.

AutoMate encompasses a number of activities aimed to automate the creation, manipulation and management of environment variables in a Windows-based operating system without the use of scripts or the command line. Activities include the ability to get, set, list and delete environment variables as well as append data to an existing environment variable.

IMPORTANT: Basic knowledge about Windows system and user level environment variables and their functionality are required in order to properly use these activities.

Available Activities

The following table briefly describes the available activities for this action arranged in alphabetical order as specified in the action's Activity to perform parameter. Click the appropriate link for more details regarding each activity.


Environment Variables - Append

Appends text to a system or user-level environment variable. Optionally, this action can populate a variable with the resulting value.

Environment Variables - Delete

Removes a system or user-level environment variable.

Environment Variables - Get

Retrieves the value of a system-level or user-level environment variable and places it into an AutoMate variable.

Environment Variables - List

Populates a dataset with the names and values of a specified type of environment variable.

Environment Variables - Set

Sets the value of a system-level or user-level environment variable, and optionally creates the variable if it does not exist.