Deploy Nintex Workflow (NWF) from code

Recently, we had a client with a requirement to have a new SharePoint Team Site created, and then have a Nintex Workflow automatically provisioned.

There are a few ways to do this – via Nintex itself (!) – or using C# code.

The scenario I was dealing with was :

  • Custom/3rd-Party CRM system
  • On creation of new customer, need to provision a ‘client site’ in SharePoint
  • Deploy the NWF as an artifact – we deployed to _LAYOUTS/Company/MyWF.NWF
  • Created a Web Service that did the SharePoint magic
  • A few lines of code to provision the workflow

Here’s what you need to do – within a Visual Studio project :

  • Add a reference to the Nintex Workflow “web service”
  • /_vti_bin/nintexworkflow/workflow.asmx
  • Can then reference the class/project within C# code (NintexWorkflowWS)
  • Read in the contents of the NWF (full XML) – and push/deploy to a list/library

The code steps are as follows…

(1) Add a reference to the Web Service

** NB. uses an SPWeb context – created a few steps earlier

var webServiceUrl = currentWeb.Url;

webServiceUrl += "_vti_bin/nintexworkflow/workflow.asmx";

NintexWorkflowWS wsNW = new NintexWorkflowWS();

wsNW.Url = webServiceUrl;

wsNW.UseDefaultCredentials = true;

(2) Get the contents of the Nintex Workflow (NWF)

var pathNWF = “Microsoft SharedWeb Server Extensions14TEMPLATELAYOUTSCompanyMyWF.nwf”

//get the Program Files folder

var fileName = Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.CommonProgramFiles) + pathNWF;

var contentsNWF = System.IO.File.ReadAllText(fileName);

(3) Deploy the NWF onto the list/library

//call the method to publish the workflow
wsNW.PublishFromNWFXml(nwf, “MyDocLibrary”, “Workflow Title”, true);


That’s essentially it.     You just have to call the above method – and it will deploy your workflow.

There’s a bunch of methods within the Nintex Web Service API – the above example uses this method (WSDL) :


There are a bunch of other methods – including “ExportWorkflow” – meaning that you could create a utility/program that cycles through all SPWeb’s – and SPList’s – and then exports to a file.   

(I haven’t tried it – I might have to do that next….)

Hope that helps someone – happy Nintex’ing…!



3 thoughts on “Deploy Nintex Workflow (NWF) from code

  1. Hmm… This is quite interesting. I’m wondering if this can be powershelled up to help with our deployment process at work (currently involves manually exporting/importing NWFs). Cheers Wookie!


  2. Hey this is somewhat of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use
    WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.

    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding experience so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!


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