Importing BPMN 2.0 XML diagrams

The BPMN 2.0 standard includes an XML notation. It enables the platform independent exchange of BPMN 2.0 diagrams. To get more information about the BPMN 2.0 specifications, go to http://www.bpmn.org.

Follow those steps to import a BPMN 2.0 XML diagram:

  • Click Import / Export, then Import BPMN 2.0 XML in the top drop-down menu of the Signavio Explorer.

    Menu entry for importing BPMN 2.0 XML files

    Menu entry for importing BPMN 2.0 XML files

  • A dialog opens. Click Choose File, select the XML file you want to import and click Import.
Select the XML file. Note, that it has to be in the special BPMN 2.0 XML format.

Select the XML file. It has to be comply with the BPMN 2.0 XML standard.

  • The diagram will be imported.

In case the imported file is not standard-compliant, it is possible that not all elements can be imported or the whole import fails due to errors in the BPMN 2.0 XML file. In these cases, a warning dialog describing the issues that will occur during the import, appears:

The system informs about possible errors or warnings.

In case the imported diagram is not standard-compliant, the system displays errors and warnings.

If Errors occurred, the diagram will not be imported - Warnings only inform you about diagram elements that may not be displayed after the import, but the diagram will still be imported.

Below you find an example of standard compliant BPMN 2.0 XML:

BPMN 2.0 XML example code

BPMN 2.0 XML example code

Apart from information about the file (e.g the BPMN 2.0 Specification used), infomation about the process flow and graphical information about each element used (bpmndi) are required.

E.g., if the bpmndi part is missing, the import will fail with the following error:

Errors occurred. In those cases, the diagram(s) cannot be imported.

Errors occurred. In those cases, the diagram(s) cannot be imported.

If only some elements were not given bpmndi information, the import will continue but show following warnings:

Warnings occur e.g. if graphical information is missing. However, the diagram can still be imported, but the elements without graphical information will be left out.

Warnings occur e.g. if graphical information is missing. However, the diagram can still be imported, but the elements without graphical information will be left out.

When opening the diagram, those elements will be missing.

Sometimes the import of BPMN 2.0 XML files is impossible due to errors unknown to the System (e.g. because the imported file was not valid BPMN 2.0 XML). Please contact the support@signavio.com in such cases.