Starting Workflows starting-workflows

When administering workflows you can start them using various methods:

Other methods are also available to authors; for full details see:

Workflow Models workflow-models

You can start a workflow based on one of the models listed on the Workflow Models console. The only mandatory information is the payload, though a title and/or comment can be added as well.

Workflows Launchers workflows-launchers

The Workflow Launcher monitors changes in the content repository to launch workflows dependent on the location and resource type of the changed node.

Using the Launcher you can:

  • See the workflows already launched for specific nodes.
  • Select a workflow to be launched when a certain node/node-type has been created/modified/removed.
  • Remove an existing workflow-to-node relationship.

A launcher can be created for any node. However, changes to certain nodes do not launch workflows. Changes to nodes below the following paths do not cause workflows to launch:

  • /var/workflow/instances

  • Any workflow-inbox node located anywhere in the /home/users branch

  • /tmp

  • /var/audit

  • /var/classes

  • /var/eventing

  • /var/linkchecker

  • /var/mobile

  • /var/statistics

    • Exception: Changes to nodes below /var/statistics/tracking do cause workflows to launch.

Various definitions are included with the standard installation. These are used for digital asset management and social collaboration tasks:


Workflow Packages for Batch Processing workflow-packages-for-batch-processing

Workflow packages are packages that can be passed to a workflow as payload for processing, allowing multiple resources to be processed.

A workflow package:

  • contains links to a set of resources (such as pages, assets).
  • holds package information such as the creation date, the user that created the package and a short description.
  • is defined using a specialized page template; such pages allow the user to specify the resources in the package.
  • can be used multiple times.
  • can be changed by the user (add or remove resources) while the workflow instance is actually running.

Starting a Workflow from the Models Console starting-a-workflow-from-the-models-console

  1. Navigate to the Models console using Tools, Workflow, then Models.

  2. Select the workflow (according to the console view); you can also use Search (top left) if necessary:


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    The Transient indicator shows workflows for which the workflow history is not persisted.
  3. Select Start Workflow from the toolbar.

  4. The Run Workflow dialog box opens, letting you specify:

    • Payload

      This can be a page, node, asset, package, among other resources.

    • Title

      An optional title to help identify this instance.

    • Comment

      An optional comment to help indicate details of this instance.


Creating a Launcher Configuration creating-a-launcher-configuration

  1. Navigate to the Workflow Launchers console using Tools, Workflow, then Launchers.

  2. Select Create, then Add Launcher to open the dialog box:


    • Event Type

      The event type that launches the workflow:

      • Created
      • Modified
      • Removed
    • Nodetype

      The type of node that the workflow launcher applies to.

    • Path

      The path that the workflow launcher applies to.

    • Run Mode(s)

      The type of server that the workflow launcher applies to. Select Author, Publish, or Author & Publish.

    • Conditions

      A list of conditions for node values that, when evaluated, determine whether the workflow is launched. For example, the following condition causes the workflow to launch when the node has a property name with the value User:


    • Features

      A list of features to be enabled. Select the required features using the drop-down selector.

    • Disabled Features

    A list of features to be disabled. Select the required features using the drop-down selector.

    • Workflow Model

      The workflow to launch when the Event Type occurs on the Nodetype and/or Path under the defined Condition.

    • Description

      Your own text to describe and identify the launcher configuration.

    • Activate

      Controls whether the workflow launcher is activated:

      • Select Enable to launch workflows when the configuration properties are satisfied.
      • Select Disable when the workflow should not execute (not even when the configuration properties are satisfied).
    • Exclude List

      This specifies any JCR events to exclude (that is, ignore) when determining whether a workflow should be triggered.

      This launcher property is a comma-separated list of items: ``

      • property-name ignore any jcr event which triggered on the specified property name. ``
      • event-user-data:<*someValue*> ignores any event that contains the *<someValue*> user-data set through the [ ObservationManager API](

      For example:


      This feature can be used to ignore any changes triggered by another workflow process by adding the exclude item:


  3. Select Create, to create the launcher and return to the console.

    When the appropriate event occurs, the launcher is triggered and the workflow started.

Managing a Launcher Configuration managing-a-launcher-configuration

After you have created your launcher configuration you can use the same console to select the instance, then View Properties (and edit them) or Delete.