Install and Update Connectors

Manage the modules available in the system.

The "Connectors" section of the Appmixer Backoffice interface shows all available connectors that you can manage, including options to install, update, or remove them. Connectors that are already installed will display an "Installed" badge at the top. Furthermore, you have the ability to search for connectors based on various criteria, such as their name or installation status, to easily find the ones you're interested in managing.

Connector Details

Clicking on any connector will redirect you to that connector's detailed page, where you can find more information and manage settings specific to that connector.

On the connector's detail page, you will find a comprehensive description of the connector, along with options to download the connector as a zip file, and to install, update, or remove the connector from your Appmixer tenant. Additionally, the page provides a list of the connector's components, including actions and triggers, complete with their respective descriptions. This information aids in understanding the functionality and potential use cases of each component within your workflows.

Installing a connector

To install new connectors, simply click the "Install Connector" button found on the Connector details page.

After installing a connector, it's advisable to consult the connector's documentation to determine if additional configuration is necessary. Appmixer simplifies OAuth configuration by automatically handling it, unless specified otherwise in the connector's configuration. This is achieved through the internal Authentication Hub proxy, which utilizes Appmixer's own OAuth credentials for each connector to authenticate your end-users remotely via this proxy. This approach streamlines the connector installation process, eliminating the need to register your own OAuth applications with each service provider. However, if you prefer to use your own OAuth credentials, you should refer to the "Custom OAuth Credentials" section of the documentation for guidance.

Access Control

By default, all users within your Appmixer tenant instantly gain access to any installed connectors. If you prefer to modify this default setting, you can do so by removing the user * * ACL rule from the ACL configuration. To access this option, navigate to System -> ACL from the left menu. Removing this rule will revoke all users' access to the connectors. Subsequently, you can utilize the "Add User Rules for Installed Connectors" button, which automatically establishes specific access rules for all installed connectors. This method is particularly useful because when you install a new connector in the future, it won't be immediately available to your end-users. This delay provides you, the admin user, with ample opportunity to properly configure and test the new connector before making it accessible to your end-users.

For enhanced clarity, the details page of each connector includes an "Access Control" section. This section outlines all the ACL (Access Control List) rules applicable to that specific connector, helping you understand who has access to it. To view a comprehensive list of all Access Control rules across connectors, you can navigate to the System -> ACL page via the left menu. This centralized view facilitates easier management and oversight of permissions and access within your Appmixer tenant.

Removing a connector

You have the ability to uninstall any connector from your Appmixer tenant by clicking the "Remove Connector" button. This action will uninstall the connector and remove it from your Appmixer environment.

However, caution is advised when removing connectors. Any flows (whether integrations or automations) that include components from the connector you intend to remove will cease functioning. It's important to ensure that any such flows are halted before proceeding with the removal. The most straightforward method to verify this is to visit the Flows page in the Backoffice, applying filters by the connector name and running status, to identify and stop any active flows utilizing the connector in question.:

This process enables you to individually navigate to the Designer for each flow by clicking on the "Flows" link in the right menu for each listed flow, allowing you then to stop the flow directly from the Designer interface.

For more extensive connector cleanups or when manual management of flows is not feasible, you can leverage the Appmixer REST API. This allows you to retrieve flows using the connector with a GET request to$flowId, and subsequently stop each flow individually with a POST request to, including a JSON body with { "command": "stop" } and setting "Content-Type": "application/json" in the header.

Failing to stop flows that depend on a connector before its removal will lead to errors in the running flows when the connector components are triggered. These errors will be reported to the System Webhook, to which you can subscribe for notifications. The impact of such failures varies by component type:

  • Trigger Components: These might continue to poll and fail. However, if the connector is re-installed, they can recover, allowing the flow to resume operation.

  • Action Components: These will fail to receive messages from other connected components. After a set period and a number of retries following an exponential backoff strategy, the message is discarded and moved to the dead-letter queue, accessible via the Unprocessed Messages API. Should the connector be re-installed before exhausting all retry attempts, the action component can recover and will continue to process messages.

Installing Connectors from your filesystem

When creating custom connectors for your Appmixer tenant, there are three methods available for uploading them. First, you can utilize the Appmixer CLI to package and publish your connectors; for detailed instructions, refer to the "Build a Custom Connector" section. Alternatively, you can publish your connector as a zip archive through the Appmixer REST API; for this method, consult the "Apps endpoints" documentation. Lastly, if you prefer a direct approach, you can manually upload the connector via the Backoffice by clicking the "Add Connector from your Filesystem" button located at the bottom of the Connectors page. Each method provides a convenient way to integrate your custom connectors into Appmixer, allowing you to choose the best approach based on your preferences and needs.

Using the Appmixer CLI to build, test, and publish your connectors is highly recommended as it offers the most control and flexibility. However, if you're looking to quickly test a connector provided by the Appmixer team or a colleague, the UI option to upload your connector can be a convenient alternative. This approach is particularly useful for expedited testing or evaluation of connectors without the need for extensive setup.

Upgrading a Connector to a New Version

The Appmixer team diligently focuses on enhancing connectors and ensuring they remain compatible with updates to third-party APIs. Whenever new versions of connectors become available, all Appmixer customers are notified, with the notification including a list of both newly added and updated connectors. To explore these updates, you can visit the Connectors page in the Backoffice and use the "update status" filter. This will display a list of connectors that have updates ready for installation. This proactive approach helps maintain the efficiency and reliability of your integrations, keeping them aligned with the latest API changes and functionalities.

By visiting the Connector Details page, you have the option to update the connector by clicking the "Update Connector" button. For insights into what changes the update includes, such as fixes or improvements, refer to the Changelog section. This section provides detailed information on the modifications made in the latest version of the connector, helping you understand the enhancements or corrections applied.

Most updates to connectors are designed to be non-disruptive and do not introduce breaking changes, ensuring a smooth transition to the newer version. However, there are instances where updates may necessitate breaking changes. These changes could be required to enhance security, improve functionality, or comply with modifications in third-party APIs. In such cases, these updates are essential for the continued effectiveness and reliability of the connector, even though they may require adjustments in how the connector is used within your workflows.

Connectors in Appmixer adhere to the Semantic Versioning Schema, which is structured as MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH. Updates that involve changes to the MINOR or PATCH version numbers generally do not impact existing integrations or automations, allowing for seamless updates. However, when there is a change in the MAJOR version number, it indicates that a breaking change has been introduced. Such changes can affect running integrations and automations that utilize the connector.

Major Version Upgrade

When connectors and their components undergo significant upgrades, such as radical changes to third-party service API endpoints, shifts from API key authentication to OAuth, or the introduction of new required fields in API endpoints, a major version upgrade of the connector might be necessary. These upgrades often render the connector incompatible with flows created using its older version. Consequently, after upgrading to a new major version of a connector, existing flows cannot be automatically updated to accommodate the changes, as such modifications typically require action from the flow's owner. This might involve re-authenticating due to changes in the authentication protocol or configuring new required fields, among other adjustments.

Should you attempt to update a connector that includes such a breaking change, a confirmation dialog will appear, cautioning you about the introduced breaking change. It will also notify you that all active flows (both integrations and automations) will be automatically stopped to prevent them from malfunctioning due to the incompatibility with the upgraded connector version.

Upon confirming the update, a progress indicator will be displayed, informing you that the flows are in the process of being stopped.

Before proceeding with connector upgrades, it's recommended to configure the System Webhook WEBHOOK_FLOW_STOPPED to point to a URL endpoint within your own application or to a Webhook within an Appmixer automation designed specifically for this scenario. This setup is intended to notify end-users (i.e., the owners of the integration instance or automation) that their integrations require reconfiguration due to the update.

The payload of this webhook will contain relevant information to inform the user about the flow that has been stopped and potentially why it was stopped, providing a clear indication that action is needed on their part to update and restart their integrations. This proactive communication ensures users are aware of any necessary adjustments to maintain the functionality of their integrations after major updates.

    "userId": "string",
    "email": "string",
    "title": "string",
    "created": "Date",
    "flowId": "string",
    "flowName": "string",
    "additional": {
        "module": "string",       # name of the module: appmixer.slack, for example
        "moduleLabel": "string",  # Slack, for example
        "reason": "New non-compatible version of a module appmixer.slack has been installed."

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