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Managing workflow

Alfresco workflows run on an embedded Activiti workflow engine.
  • Activiti workflow is a feature introduced in Alfresco 4.0. Activiti is a lightweight workflow and Business Process Management (BPM) platform for business managers, developers, and system administrators.  At its core is a BPMN 2.0 process engine for Java. Activiti is the default workflow engine in Alfresco.
  • In previous versions of Alfresco, a jBPM workflow engine was used, and is still shipped as part of Alfresco 4.0.

Alfresco recommends that you use the Activiti workflow engine for all new workflows. In a new Alfresco installation, jBPM is disabled by default.

For upgrades, jBPM can be enabled so that the existing migrated workflows can continue. However, jBPM workflow definitions will be hidden by default, so new jBPM workflows can not be started.