Comparison of Business Process Modeling Notation tools

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This article provides a comparison of Business Process Modeling Notation tools.


Name Creator Platform / OS BPMN Version Features First Release Latest Release Software license
Activiti Modeler Alfresco and the Activiti community Cross-platform BPMN 2.0 Modeler, Simulation, Execution 2010-05-17[1] 2013-06-19[2] Apache License 2.0[3]
ADONIS (software) BOC Information Technologies Consulting AG Windows BPMN 2.0 Business Process Analysis (BPA) tool supporting business process management allowing process modeling, analysis, simulation, evaluation, publishing and automation. Freeware Community Edition available. 1995 2012 Proprietary/Freeware
Agiles BPMS & ECM IMAGE Technology S.A. Windows, Linux, Mac BPMN 2.0 Modeler, Execution, 2003-Oct 2013-Sep Proprietary
Altova UModel Altova Windows BPMN 1.1, 2.0 Includes BPMN, UML, SysML, C# and Java round trip code generation, documentation, collaboration (including with MetaTeam) and database modeling 2005 2013-06-12 Proprietary[4]
ARCWAY Cockpit ARCWAY AG Windows, Mac ( Linux unofficially) BPMN 2.0 BPMN Collaboration Diagrams, EPC, Petri Nets, integrated with FMC Blockdiagrams for business and IT architecture, UML Class diagrams for data models and Requirements management 2005 2014 Proprietary, free single user (Designer) edition
ARIS Express Software AG Windows (and Linux, Mac unofficially) BPMN 2.0 2009-07-28 2011-02-02 Freeware (registration needed)
AuraPortal AuraPortal Windows BPMN 2.0 Modeler, Execution, Simulation. BPM (Business Process Management) Suite for automating the operating processes of an organization, including free BPMN tool: AuraPortal Helium Modeler. 2001 Suite Proprietary or Cloud and Modeler Freeware
Bizagi BPM Suite Bizagi Windows BPMN 2.0 Simulation, Execution Proprietary
Bizagi Process Modeler Bizagi Windows BPMN 2.0 Modeler Freeware
Bonita BPM BonitaSoft Windows, Linux, Mac BPMN 2.0 Bonita Open Solution combines three solutions in one: a Studio for process modeling, a BPM & Workflow engine, and a user interface, enabling to create standalone process-based applications. 2001 2014-07-02 GPLv2[5]
Borland Together Borland Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris 2009-07-04 Proprietary/Shareware
Camunda Modeler Camunda Cross-platform BPMN 2.0 BPMN 2.0 modeling plugin for Eclipse 2013 2013 Apache License 2.0
Cubetto semture GmbH iOS, Android BPMN 2.0 Auto-layout, Process-Flow-Wizard, BPMN 2.0 XML Export 2012-05[6] 2013-08 Proprietary
Cubetto Toolset semture GmbH Windows, Mac, Linux BPMN 2.0 Typing can be changed, further support for ARIS/EPC, UML, BSC, Flow Charts 2003 2013-08 Freeware
Eclipse BPMN2 Modeler Eclipse SOA project. Cross-platform BPMN 2.0 BPMN 2.0 modeling. Included in jBPM. 2011 2014 Eclipse Public License 1.0
Enterprise Architect Sparx Systems Windows, Linux BPMN 2.0 Includes BPMN, BPEL, UML, SysML, Database modeling and Supports BPMN Simulation 2000 2013-09-13 Proprietary[7]
Genexus WorkFlow Artech Windows BPMN 2.0 Model BPMN 2.0 import and explort XPDL 2012-03 Proprietary
Yaoqiang BPMN Editor[8] 史耀强 (Blenta)
(Sourceforge ID)
Java / Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris BPMN 2.0 Supports all BPMN 2.0 elements; real-time syntax-checking; built-in Version Control; Diagram Interchange support with multiple graphical formats supported. 2010-05-27 2013-03-15 Proprietary (V3.0)
GPL (V2.2 and earlier)
HP Process Automation


HP Java / Windows BPMN 2.0 Powerful as a standalone BPM application. Integrated suite of applications to provide end-to-end Solutions for Human and Content Centric Processes. Single vendor solution from HP MFPs to Document Capture to Process Automation to Content Management to Records Retention to Legal Holds to Content Distribution 2000 2013 Proprietary
IBM BlueWorks Live IBM Cloud (browser based) BPMN 2.0 Proprietary
IBM Process Designer IBM eclipse based tool for creating executable processes BPMN 2.0+ Business process design tool with support for executable environment, simulation, analysis and optimization. Includes process portal web interface for executable business processes and collaboration with other process users and experts. Proprietary
iGrafx Flowcharter, iGrafx Process iGrafx Windows and Cross-platform (via iGrafx Cloud) BPMN 2.0 iGrafx supports BPMN diagramming throughout its entire toolset and incorporates validation tools to ensure compliance with the standard. There is a collaborative environment available (on-premise and cloud). 2004 2012 Proprietary
INNOVATOR for Business Analysts MID GmbH Windows BPMN 2.0 process modeling, documentation, collaboration, simulation, analysis, 2010 2012 Proprietary, free Personal Edition
jBPM Redhat Cross-platform BPMN 2.0 Workflow Engine and Tools 2012-11-17 Apache License
Logizian[10] Visual Paradigm Windows, Linux, OS X, Solaris BPMN 2.0 BPMN Modeling, Business Rules, Simulation, Central Vocabulary, Data Modeling, Team Collaboration, BPMN 2.0 XML Export, Generate BPEL, WSDL, and JPDL 2013-12-16 2014-04-03 Proprietary
LucidChart Lucid Software Inc Cross-platform (browser based) BPMN 2.0 Google App / Google Drive integration, supports Visio files, JIRA integration, Confluence integration 2011 updated twice a month Proprietary - 14 day free trial on team accounts / Free professional accounts for educators and students / Free version
MagicDraw No Magic Windows, Linux, Mac BPMN 2.0 2007-09-24 2010-04-26 Proprietary/Shareware
Mega Process MEGA Windows BPMN 2.0 Supports Process modelling, business analysis and simulation, with publication ad-hoc reporting and advanced collaboration and analysis features. The most advanced method-based business architecture solution available, fully integrated with enterprise Architecture and Compliance and risk. 1991 2014 Proprietary
Microsoft Visio 2013 Microsoft Windows 2013 Proprietary
Modelio Modeliosoft Windows, Linux Mac OS BPMN 2.0 Includes BPMN, UML, SysML, Java round trip code generation, documentation, TOGAF, XSD, WSDL 2009 2013 Open source
OmniGraffle Omni Group Mac 2010 Proprietary
ProcessCraft[11] Tabtou Ltd iOS, Android, Windows, Linux, OS X BPMN 2.0 Automatic Syntax Checking, Context Sensitive Help, Gestures, Intelligent Menu, Auto-resizing Pools, User Collaboration, Infinite Canvas Size, BPMN 2.0 XML Export 2012-05-10 Proprietary
QPR ProcessDesigner QPR Software Plc. Windows BPMN 2.0 Document Management, 2002-Jan 2014-Jan Proprietary
QUAM LINTRA Solutions GmbH Microsoft SharePoint BPMN 2.0 Provides Microsoft Visio integration into SharePoint. Support Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) and freehand charts. 2007 2013 Proprietary
RunaWFE Runa Consulting Group Cross-platform BPMN 2.0 Graphical Process Designer, Task Notifier, Engine (the core workflow processor) 2004 2013[12] Free and open-source software (LGPL)
SemTalk Semtation GmbH Windows BPMN 2.0 Business process modeling, Addon to Microsoft Visio, Repository in Microsoft SharePoint 2001 2013-04 Proprietary
Signavio Process Editor Signavio Cloud or
On-premise (Windows, Linux) server), Client-side browser
BPMN 2.0 Primarily a BPMN2.0 collaborative modeling platform including process portal and simulation. Also supports ArchiMate2.1, Value Chains, EPC and other notations. BPMN2.0 XML Import/Export. QuickModel forms based BPM model creation. Google Sites, Confluence, Sharepoint integration.[13] 2009 updated monthly Proprietary
Software Ideas Modeler Dusan Rodina Windows, Linux BPMN 2.0 2009-Aug 2014-Feb Proprietary
SYDLE SEED Community SYDLE Systems Cloud (browser based) Supports modeling and execution of processes 2012-07 2012-07 Freeware
TIBCO ActiveMatrix TIBCO Software Inc. Linux, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, Windows BPMN 2.0 Modeler, Simulation, Execution 2010-05[14] 2013-02[15] Proprietary[16]
Visible Analyst[17] Visible Systems Windows, Citrix BPMN BPMN diagramming; interactive data repository support; multi-user support. 2007 2013 Proprietary
W4 BPMN+[18] W4 Software Windows, Mac, Linux/Unix BPMN2.0 BPMN diagramming; BPMN2.0 Execution; Extensions for UI and Data. 2014-01 2014-01 Proprietary
yEd yWorks Windows, Mac, Linux/Unix BPMN 2.0 Stores graphics in internal format. Cannot load/save BPMN 2.0 files. 2013-03 Freeware
Sparx Enterprise Architect Sparx Systems Windows, Mac, Linux/Unix BPMN 2.0 Useful to map State Machines, Interaction (Sequence diagrams, Activities, BPMN. Written in C++ 2000 2013-03 Proprietary
Intellileap Solutions IntelliPROBPMS Windows Cloud & On-premise BPMN 2.0 BPM Software 2013 2013-14 Proprietary
Name Creator Platform / OS BPMN Version Features First Release Latest Release Software license


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