Flowable Server

You should never run Flowable Work and Flowable Engage at the same time with the same database as they are mutually exclusive. Flowable Work is a subset of Flowable Engage. When running Flowable Engage you have access to everything in Flowable Work plus additional Engage features and capabilities.

  • Download Tomcat 8.5.x (latest version of the 8.5.x line) from: https://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi. Once you downloaded the package you should extract it. Do not run Tomcat yet, first follow the steps for installing the Flowable WARs.

  • Create (check Development Environment Setup) or download the executable Flowable Engage WAR file from the Flowable Maven Repository (appropriate access credentials are required): Flowable Engage

  • Rename the downloaded .war file to flowable-engage.war and copy it into the Tomcat’s webapps folder.

  • Make sure that you have a valid license file named flowable.license in the .flowable folder of your home directory. On Unix or macOS this is ~/.flowable.

  • Add a file named application.properties in the Tomcat’s lib folder. It will be used in later for additional configuration.

  • You can now start the 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 applications by going to: http://localhost:8080/flowable-engage.

  • You can login with the default administration user admin. The password is test.

An executable .WAR file is a special variant of a .WAR file that can be both copied to a servlet container or executed directly with Java. In the second case an embedded Tomcat server will be started that will host the Flowable Engage application. You can start the Flowable Server directly by executing java -jar flowable-engage.war

The application can then be accessed at http://localhost:8090/flowable-engage.