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Spiff Workflow

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Spiff Workflow is a workflow engine implemented in pure Python. It is based on the excellent work of the Workflow Patterns initiative.

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Spiff Workflow is supported by Procedure 8. Get in touch if you need anything!

Main design goals

  • Spiff Workflow aims to directly support as many of the patterns of as possible.
  • Spiff Workflow uses unit testing as much as possible.
  • Spiff Workflow provides a clean Python API.
  • Spiff Workflow allows for mapping patterns into workflow elements that are easy to understand for non-technical users in a workflow GUI editor.
  • Spiff Workflow implements the best possible path prediction for workflows.

Spiff Workflow also provides a parser and workflow emulation layer that can be used to create executable Spiff Workflow specifications from Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) documents.

Quick Intro

The process of using Spiff Workflow involves the following steps:

  1. Write a workflow specification. A specification may be written using XML (example), JSON, or Python (example).
  2. Run the workflow using the Python API. Example code for running the workflow:
from SpiffWorkflow.specs import WorkflowSpec
from SpiffWorkflow.serializer.prettyxml import XmlSerializer
from SpiffWorkflow import Workflow

# Load the workflow specification:
with open('my_workflow.xml') as fp:
    serializer = XmlSerializer()
    spec = WorkflowSpec.deserialize(serializer,

# Create an instance of the workflow, according to the specification.
wf = Workflow(spec)

# Complete tasks as desired. It is the job of the workflow engine to
# guarantee a consistent state of the workflow.

# Of course, you can also persist the workflow instance:
xml = wf.serialize(XmlSerializer, 'workflow_state.xml')


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