Start Service

Starts a Windows service according to its name.

Command availability: IBM RPA SaaS and IBM RPA on premises


Starts a Windows service according to its name.

Note:Windows services 🡥 are applications that run in the background and they can be automatically started when Windows starts.

Script syntax

IBM RPA's proprietary script language has a syntax similar to other programming languages. The script syntax defines the command's syntax in the script file. You can work with this syntax in IBM RPA Studio's Script mode.

startService --name(String) (Boolean)=value

Input parameters

The following table displays the list of input parameters available in this command. In the table, you can see the parameter name when working in IBM RPA Studio's Script mode and its Designer mode equivalent label.

Designer mode label Script mode name Required Accepted variable types Description
Service Name name Required Text Name of the Windows service that should be started.

Output parameters

Designer mode label Script mode name Accepted variable types Description
Result value Boolean RReturns true if the service is started successfully, otherwise returns false.


The command starts a Windows service named "MSSQLSERVER".

defVar --name startSuccess --type Boolean
startService --name MSSQLSERVER startSuccess=value
logMessage --message "Result: ${startSuccess}" --type "Info"
Note:The output value depends on the existence of the application installed on the Windows device.


Use the service name instead of the service display name for commands that handle Windows service. Ex: Use IBMAUTService and not the display name which is IBM Auto Update Service.