Parallel Gateway

Parallel Gateway
A Parallel Gateway is used to synchronize (combine) parallel flows and to create parallel flows. A Parallel Gateway creates parallel paths without checking any conditions; each outgoing Sequence Flow receives a token upon execution of this Gateway. For incoming flows, the Parallel Gateway will wait for all incoming flows before triggering the flow through its outgoing Sequence Flows.
— BPMN 2.0.2 Standard, 10.6.4, Parallel Gateway

Parallel gateways are used to model situations where more than one path is executed in parallel. These gateways do not have any conditions since all paths are always executed. To join parallel branches, use another parallel gateway. The execution only continues once all paths have been completed.


In the following example, the process immediately starts with a parallel gateway which triggers the execution of all three tasks. Once all of them are completed, the process is completed.



Group Attribute Description



The unique identifier of the element within the process model.


The name of the element. This is the name displayed in the diagram.

Security policy

The security policy associated with this element.


A description and additional information about this element.



When enabled, the activity is started as an asynchronous job. The process state is persisted before this element is executed. Then the process execution is resumed asynchroneously. This can be used when the execution of an activity takes a long time to return the user interface. However, if an error occurs before the following wait state, there is no direct user feedback.

Flow order

The order in which the outgoing flows are evaluated and stored in the XML representation of the process. The order of the flows is managed by clicking on the up and down arrows icon.


Font weight

The font weight of the element in the diagram.

Font size

The font size of the element in the diagram.

Font color

The font color of the element in the diagram.

Font style

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Background color

The background color of the element in the diagram.

Border color

The border color of the element in the diagram.