Flowable Design Installation Instructions


  • Java 8 or 11

Flowable Design

These instructions are for Flowable Design. The following steps are to install and configure the Flowable Design application.

License File

Flowable requires that you have a valid license for the Product. The license is either stored on the file system or in the database. If the license is provided as a file then it is typically located in the .flowable folder of your home directory. On Unix or macOS the file is ~/.flowable/flowable.license. The location of the license file can be changed in the application.properties file (see below).


To store the license in the database then the following property must be set in the applications.properties file:


With the license database store mode enabled a license is uploaded using the Flowable Design application.

Install Tomcat

You can download Tomcat from here. Once you download the package you should unpack it. The Tomcat is started by running bin/catalina.sh (bin/catalina.bat on Windows). Do not run Tomcat yet; first follow the steps for installing the Flowable WARs.

WAR File

If you do not already have access to the following WAR file, please contact your Flowable representative:

  • Flowable Design: flowable-design.war.

Copy the file into the Tomcat webapps folder.

Application Configuration File

Copy the file named application.properties into the Tomcat lib folder.

This file contains the most common configurations, such as the data source. By default, an H2 database is created in the ~/flowable-db folder.

If you want to run with a different database, or use H2 in a different location, follow the instructions in the "Using a Different Database" section of this guide.

Starting Tomcat

You can now start Tomcat by running bin/catalina.sh (bin/catalina.bat on Windows). Alternatively, you can run bin/catalina.sh run to have it in the foreground.

You should now be able to access the Flowable Design application:

You can log in with the user admin and password test. You need to login in every application as the Flowable applications use different user stores by default.

Using a Different Database

The Flowable applications are Spring Boot 2.1 applications and are configured in a standard Spring Boot way. This means that the database can be configured by setting the following properties to the application.properties file previously mentioned.

spring.datasource.url=<jdbc URL>
spring.datasource.driver-class-name=<jdbc driver class name>

The application.properties file contains examples for the compatible databases:

  • H2

  • MySQL

  • PostgreSQL

  • Oracle

  • Microsoft SQL Server

  • DB2

The Flowable applications do not ship with the JDBC drivers for databases other than H2. Therefore you need to download the appropriate JDBC driver and copy the jar into the Tomcat lib folder.

The Flowable applications create the required database and tables when they start. The database user (normally, flowable) needs database schema read-write permissions.