SharePoint 2013 approval workflow template missing


  • Hi,

    Is there any SharePoint 2013 build-in approval workflow template available?

    When I try to add a workflow to my list, I can only see "Approval -SharePoint 2010" available in the workflow template.



    Monday, April 22, 2013 9:34 PM


All replies

  • Bin,

    Other workflows are available out of the box by activating the site collection features associated with them. Browse to the root site of your site collection, click Site Actions, click Site Settings. In the Site Collection Administration category, click Site collection features. Within this menu, you can activate other features such as 'Disposition Approval Workflow' and 'Workflows'.

    • Edited by Matthew Gibson Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1:03 PM additional information
    Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1:02 PM

  • I just activate those features and I got the "Publishing Approval" workflow template now, but those workflow templates are SharePoint 2010 template, do we have any SharePoint 2013 workflow template for approval?



    Tuesday, April 23, 2013 9:09 PM
  • My apologies Bin, I misread your initial question. The out of the box workflows that ship with SharePoint 2013 are still SharePoint 2010-based workflows. Since SharePoint 2013 uses the Workflow Manager service, you must use SharePoint Designer to create 2013-based workflows. The out of the box approval workflow for 2013 is the same one that was used in 2010.

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:51 PM
  • I'm wondering the same thing.  I have two 2013 environments, the Dev Environment, I has the option to add an Approval Workflow:

    But on my Production environment, which I have Workflow Manager, I do  not have that option:

    I would like to use the Approval Workflow.


    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 6:44 PM
  • to Kim.Williams

    may be a little late, but I had the same issue with it. Turned out the Workflows feature was not activated. I was able to get the first screenshot by going to Site Settings > Site Collection Features > Workflows *activate.

    • Proposed as answer by Gustavo Heliege Wednesday, February 25, 2015 9:11 AM
    Friday, August 08, 2014 4:14 PM
  • I had the same issue, but the Site Collection Workflow feature was activated. Deactivating and then reactivating fixed the problem

    Dean MCTS-SQL 2005 Business Intelligence, MCITP SharePoint 2010

    Monday, March 23, 2015 7:42 PM
  • If by some chance you created a workflow using sharepoint designer and associated it to a list, and it is not listed as a workflow when viewing the list settings in sharepoint designer, this is because you only saved it and did not publish it.  Just a fyi for those that are editing, creating workflows and when viewing list settings, the workflow is not reported to be connected to it.  There is a nifty publish feature in sharepoint designer when you are editing the workflow there.

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:58 AM