Activiti (software)

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Developer(s) Alfresco and the Activiti community
Stable release
5.22.0[1] / 4 November 2016[1]
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Type workflow engine
License Apache License 2.0[2]

Activiti is an open-source workflow engine written in Java that can execute business processes described in BPMN 2.0.[3]


In March 2010, Tom Baeyens and Joram Barrez, the two key developers for jBPM left Red Hat and started Activiti as employees of Alfresco.[4] Activiti is based on their workflow experience with jBPM, but is a new code base, not based on any previous jBPM code.

The first version of Activiti was 5.0, to indicate that product is the continuation of experience they gained via jBPM 1 through 4.[5]

In October 2016, Barrez, Rademakers (author of Activiti in Action[6] and project lead) and other contributors left Alfresco.[7] The departing developers forked the Activiti code to start a new project called Flowable.


The project is actually a suite of applications that work together:

  • Modeler, a web-based graphical workflow authoring interface based on Signavio
  • Designer, an Eclipse plug-in for developing workflows
  • Engine, the core workflow processor
  • Explorer, a web tool to deploy process definitions, start new process instances and carry-out work on workflows
  • Cycle, a web app for collaboration between business users and software engineers

Alternative Modeling GUI[edit]

The Yaoqiang BPMN Editor (FLOSS, GPLv3) can connect to the Activiti engine and thus can be used as a graphical workflow authoring interface, as an alternative to Activiti Modeler.

The DocuBrain® Workflow Editor is a standalone BPMN 2.0 compliant workflow editor that can be used to create and edit generic BPMN processes. The editor supports direct connections to Activiti as well as all of Activiti's customization (such as Activiti specific element attributes, Activiti specific tasks like Camel Task, Mule Task, etc.).


  1. ^ a b Activiti downloads
  2. ^ Activiti FAQ, Why Apache license?
  3. ^ Andrew Bonham (2016-09-28). "Comparing and Contrasting Open Source BPM Projects". Capital One DevExchange. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  4. ^ Process Developments: Alfresco Creates Activiti from Tom Baeyens blog
  5. ^ Activiti FAQ, Why is the first version called 5.0?
  6. ^ Tijs Rademakers (2012-07-01). "Activiti in Action". Manning_Publications. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  7. ^ Sandy Kemsley (2016-10-20). "Another rift in the open source BPM market: @FlowableBPM forks from @Alfresco Activiti". Enterprise Irregulars. Retrieved 2016-10-20. 

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