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Provision workflows to sites, lists and libraries programmatically for sharepoint online

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I've done a bit of searching around and I from what I can see it's not possible to programmatically import /export nintex forms or workflows for office 365, which is a major problem for us, I've seen on user voice they say it's a feature coming soon / under review but haven't seen any update to this for a while.

We have recently acquired nintex for a major piece of work however finding that we can't import and export programmatically means instead of making our dev team more productive it's had the complete opposite effect as we now have to manually import and export our forms through various environments, which is a non-starter.

Looking at how export works in the nintex ribbon I can see that .nwp file is  posted to an endpoint :

https://workflowo365.nintex.com//api/clientarea/version1/Import/Import

Which then has various querystring parameters added to  it, i.e. list name, site collection, licence id etc,  I'm thinking that this is an API and I would like to use it however I can't seem to get an answer about if using this endpoint would be supported or not.

The only other horrible way to work round this manual import task would be to use coded ui to automate the clicking of the import button on the ribbon and then selecting a .nwp file then clicking on upload, however I can't say this is really a nice or viable solution as nintex is more likely to change the UI at some point which would then break our coded ui tests.

I'm starting to wonder now if nintex workflows are the right thing, we can automate exporting and importing of OTB office 365 forms and workflows and that was with ease and it's supportable via the Microsoft client object model, I'm am shocked that nintex doesn't offer something similar or some work around apart form it's coming very soon, that was back in August with no further update on it.

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eharris04
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Re: Provision workflows to sites, lists and libraries programmatically for sharepoint online

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Dominic

As you saw on the user voice the features that would allow for that are actually in development and should be coming soon.  I'm posting this here for others to see also since you raised the question here...

Provision workflows to sites, lists and libraries programmatically – Customer Feedback for Nintex

There are many factors that determine how to make that happen and such is the trick of developing anything; you can never have it soon enough.  I want to assure you that we do listen to user comments and do our best to get things built, tested and ready for production in a prioritized manner and for the bettering of the product. I will update this post and User Voice will be updated as soon as we know when everything is a go...

Thanks for being a valued user and if you have any questions, feel free to ask on the Community.

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waltont
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Re: Provision workflows to sites, lists and libraries programmatically for sharepoint online

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Did this ever get released? I have need for the ability to export and import Nintex workflows programmatically in SharePoint 2013. Would be nice to know how to do this.

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