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New Design Migration Guide


As of version 3.14.0, the Flowable product line comes with a new Design application, featuring a

  • Redesigned User Interface, built upon a modern, performant and extensible technological foundation.
  • Revised and updated REST API, using similar concepts and paradigms as found in other Flowable API's.

To facilitate differentiation between the previous version and the new one, we refer to the two versions as the "Angular-based Design" and the "React-based Design." These labels indicate the frontend technology on which each version is built. Going forward, all new development will be centered around the React-based Design application, as it offers the best features and performance. The Angular-based Design application is included in 3.14.0 to make the transition to the new Design application easier and to prevent any issues in the new Design application blocking any project timeline requirements.

Full backwards compatibility for apps and models was a crucial driver in the development of this new Design application, so the amount of migration needed should be non-existant when it comes to data and models.

The parts were migration potentially might be needed are technical in nature, related to advanced use cases and are described below.

No Migration Needed

Following sections reiterate the point made above: when it comes to existing apps and models, no migration is needed.


In case you have an existing Design database containing models, then the new React Design application can be configured against this database exactly the same as before, and it will be upgraded automatically on first reboot.

As with any version upgrade, we advise to make a backup of the existing Design database before doing this.


An app from the Angular-based Design application can be exported to and imported in the new React-based Design application.

Exporting an app from the new React-based Design application and importing it in the Angular-based Design application of the same product version is also supported (e.g. exporting an app in React-based Design 3.14.0 and import it in Angular-based Design 3.14).

Important to note here is that the new Design application has a single type of app when it comes to exporting. It's no longer necessary to make a distinction between the 'Design app' and the 'deployable app' like in the Angular-based Design.

Migration Needed

Following sections describe those changes were migration is needed.

Configuration Properties

Any properties with the prefix

need to be replaced with

For examples

now needs to be

There is one exception to this rule. The property is now named This property is only available for the out-of-the-box Flowable images (e.g. war files or docker image). For a custom project build it is required to create an appropriate security configuration with OAuth 2.0.

Potential Migration Needed

Following sections describe advanced use cases that need migration, in case the particular feature or hookpoint was used. Review these carefully and ensure yourself whether or not you are using these.

Custom Palettes

Custom Design Palettes are supported in the new Design application in a similar way as before and as described in the custom palette documentation.

In general, XML palettes are still supported, but new features won't be added to them. It is advised to migrate these palettes to the JSON palette format.

When it comes to the JSON palette format, there are a few minor changes that need to be applied when used with the new Design application.

  1. When using patchPalettes to enhance an existing palette, the IDs of those palettes have changed. The supported palettes that can now be patched out of the box depend on the type of product that the models are intended to be published to:

For BPMN models, which before had the flowable-process-palette ID, now one the following needs to be used:

  • flowable-core-process-palette
  • flowable-work-process-palette
  • flowable-engage-process-palette

For CMMN models, which before had the flowable-case-palette ID, now one the following needs to be used:

  • flowable-core-case-palette
  • flowable-work-case-palette
  • flowable-engage-case-palette

For Form models, which before had the flowable-form-palette ID, now one the following needs to be used:

  • flowable-core-form-palette
  • flowable-work-form-palette
  • flowable-engage-form-palette

For Page models, which before had the flowable-page-palette ID, now one the following needs to be used:

  • flowable-work-page-palette
  • flowable-engage-page-palette

For DMN DRD models, which before had the flowable-drd-palette ID, now one the following needs to be used:

  • flowable-core-drd-palette
  • flowable-work-drd-palette
  • flowable-engage-drd-palette
  1. Properties now need a category to be visible, for example:
"id": "customSetting",
"type": "SimpleTextExpression",
"category": "commonDetails",
"index": 0
  1. Icons are now defined using a presentationId, which references a presentation on the root level (see example below).

  2. Properties can now have an editCategory to group them together in the popup shown when the property is clicked.

  3. If a custom palette contains removeStencils the removal will happen in the context of the palette definition it is placed in. Said differently: if a custom palette depends on a palette that has a removeStencils part, that custom palette cannot depend anymore on the removed stencil palette item. Before, this was possible, as removals were only applied at the end of palette resolving. Concretely this means that if building a form palette extension, you can't depend on base-text anymore (as it's part of the removeStencils), but need to use the cloud-text id, which has base-text as superId and effectively would lead to the same behavior as before.

Given the above, here's an example of a simple custom palette that enhances the default Work BPMN palette with a new service task in its own palette group that calls a custom backend service. It has one extra property and hides a few default ones, and removes the normal ServiceTask:

"Palette-Id": "my-custom-bpmn-palette",
"title": "Custom BPMN palette",
"patchPalettes": ["flowable-work-process-palette"],
"resourceBundles": [
"presentations": [
"id": "presentation.custom",
"icon": "component-presentations/palette-icons/my-icon.png",
"bigIcon": "component-presentations/palette-icons/my-icon.svg"
"stencils": [
"id": "my-custom-service-task",
"name": "myCustomServiceTask",
"presentationId": "presentation.custom",
"superId": "ServiceTask",
"groups": [
"index": 0,
"properties": [
"id": "expression",
"value": "${myService.myMethod()}"
"id": "customSetting",
"type": "SimpleTextExpression",
"category": "commonDetails",
"editCategory": "myCustomProperties",
"index": 0
"id": "class",
"visible": false
"id": "delegateExpression",
"visible": false
"groups": {
"custom-palette": {
"index": 1,
"basePaletteItemId": "my-custom-service-task",
"visibleInViews": [
"removeStencils": ["ServiceTask"]

Note that for custom groups, as shown above, list needs to be added such that it is visible in the palette.

Project Dependencies

To be able to support two Design applications, the Angular-based Design application uses a new group id and all Maven or Gradle dependencies need to be updated to use this group id if you plan to keep using the Angular-based Design application.

In addition to the group id the artifact ids for the flowable-platform-palette and flowable-engage-palette use new artifact ids flowable-platform-palette-angular and flowable-engage-palette-angular respectively.

The new React-based Design application uses the package.


The interfaces has been removed. It needs to be replaced with a Flowable event listener Spring bean listening to the APP_PUBLISHED event, for example:

public class CustomAppPublishListener extends AbstractFlowableEventListener {

public boolean isFailOnException() {
return false;

public Collection<? extends FlowableEventType> getTypes() {
return Collections.singleton(DesignEventType.APP_PUBLISHED);

public void onEvent(FlowableEvent event) {
if (event instanceof AppPublishedEvent) {
appPublished((AppPublishedEvent) event);

protected void appPublished(AppPublishedEvent event) {
// Write your custom logic with the event here


Old MethodOldNew MethodNew

In all places workspaceKey is used, the value default can be used to be identical to the behavior of the Angular-based Design application.

We do advise to access models through their app instead of via the model key in the workspace, i.e. using /design-api/workspaces/{workspaceKey}/apps/{appKey}/models/{modelType}/{modelKey} (the /apps/{appKey} is not included in the table above).

See the Swagger documentation for more details.

Remote IDM Configuration

The properties for remote communication with Flowable Work / Engage / Orchestrate (e.g. to retrieve user or group information) have been changed:

Old propertyNew property


The DeploymentTenantProvider interface has been moved to the package.

The interface has changed to provide access to the full model details being deployed and the configured tenant in the deployment servers.


The interface has been removed.

There are alternative ways to customize the remote calls that should be done to Flowable Work:

  • Provide custom RemoteHttpClientHttpRequestCustomizer that can modify the request, e.g. by adding a custom header.
  • Provide a custom DesignRemoteHttpClientWebClientCustomizer that would customize the Spring WebClient used by Flowable.
  • Provider a custom org.flowable.http.common.api.client.FlowableHttpClient Spring bean with your own implementation.