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Installation guide

Version 4.4.1

© 2015-2020, "Process Technologies" Ltd, this document is available under GNU FDL license. RUNA WFE is an open source system distributed under a LGPL license (

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# System requirements

Server machine must have RAM >= 1Gb, free HDD space 2Gb, OS – MS Windows XP or higher, Linux Debian 7.0 or higher, Fedore 19 or higher, AltLinux 7.0 or higher, Sun Solaris 10.

Client machine must allow installing web-browser that supports HTML 4.0

# Software requirements

J2SE SDK JDK 7.0 can be downloaded from here

Note. To find out installed Java version on your machine use

for Linux and Macintosh

java -version
$JAVA_HOME/bin/java -version

for Windows

java -version
%JAVA_HOME%/bin/java -version

# JAVA_HOME setting

For Windows OS: Right click on Contol Panel -> System -> Advinced -> Environment variables. Set variable name as JAVA_HOME and add it's value, which is the JDK installation folder

For Linux OS: export JAVA_HOME=/path/to/jdk

# RunaWFE Distribution

# Specialized distributive installation

Specialized distributives are the installation packages for different OS (rpm/deb for Linux, installer exe for Windows). They can be downloaded from sourceforge portal:

Here is the list of components that can be installed from specialize distributives:

Client side components:

  • Client (web-interface)
  • Developer Studio
  • Business process simulator
  • Task Notifier

Server side components:

  • WFE Server
  • Bot station

Components interaction:

WFE Server is started on one server.

Bot stations can be started on several servers.

Browser with system web-interface and task notifier are started on clients computers. (A browser with RunaWFE web-interface is opened in task notifier window).

Developer Studio and process simulator can be run on the client computers.

Components features:

WFE Server contains deployed business process definitions and started business processes instances.

Bot stations contain bots, that check out WFE Server periodically.

If started business process instances have tasks for bots, bots perform the tasks and return results to the WFE Server process instances.

Via RunaWFE web-interface user can:

  • receive, filter, perform the tasks of business process instances
  • start new business process instances
  • view the properties of started business process instances
  • deploy new business process definitions (if permission is granted)

Via RunaWFE web-interface administrator can:

  • create/remove actors and groups
  • include/exclude actors to/from groups
  • grant permissions on system objects to actors and groups
  • forcibly stop business process instances
  • add/change actors substitutions rules

Via Developer Studio analyst can

  • develop business processes and export them to the archived files into file system

Via business process simulator analyst can

  • test developed business processes on the simulated configuration on the analyst client computer without(before) deploying new processes to the enterprise system.

Note. WFE Server contains a local bot station. That's why it is possible to install bot station as a separate component only on the computer where the WFE Server is not installed.

Note. WFE Server and simulator must not be installed on one and the same computer.

# Windows OS

Insert disk into drive (in case you have it on disk) or run RunaWFE-Installer.exe (if you have it as exe-file). The LGPL license notice will appear.

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After confirming it you'll have to choose what components you are going to install - client side or server side.

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Then you'll have to specify the particular components from the list.

client side

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server side

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For the first glimpse of the system it is recommended to install the client side components. Simulator client side component is an adapted for a workstation version of the WFE Server and contains a local bot station. That's why the client side components are sufficient to get to know all RunaWFE features.

After client side components installation, you can start it via system menu (Start / Programs / RunaWFE) or icons on the desktop.

In order to start and execute business process you should start WFE Server (simulator). It can be done for example via menu command Start / Programs / RunaWFE / Start Simulation. Then run program web interface Start / Programs / RunaWFE / Simulation Web Interface. Default administrator login is "Administrator" (case sensitive) and password is "wf".

The main component is the WFE Server (in client side installation version - it is Simulator). All other components are optional. When the WFE Server (Simulator) is installed web browser is sufficient to work with the system.

# Linux OS

Linux OS distributives consist of rpm or deb packages. Download packages for your OS from (packages are in Distributives/Distributives for Linux).

Here is the list of supplied packages:

  • jboss-as-vanilla — jboss application server
  • runawfe4-server — WFE Server
  • runawfe4-gpd - Developer Studio
  • runawfe4-notifier - Task Notifier

Currently there are RunaWFE specialized distributives for the following Linux based OSes:

  • Ubuntu (12.04, 14.04) 4.1.0+
  • Debian (7.0) 4.0.6+
  • Linux Mint (13.0, 14.0, 15,0) 4.0.6-
  • Fedora (19.0) 4.1.0+
  • ALT Linux (Sisyphus, p7)4.0.6+
  • Arch Linux 4.0.6-

# Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint

At first make sure that software sources for dependences search and installation are correctly set. Use "Software Sources" or turn on necessary repositories in /etc/apt/sources.list file.

To install server download jboss-as-vanilla and runawfe4-server packages into separate directory, go to directory with deb packages and run the following command:

sudo dpkg -i *.deb ; sudo apt-get -f install

Packages dependencies will be downloaded and installed automatically.

Note. Superuser permissions are necessary to install WFE Server that's why "sudo" command usage is obligatory.

WFE Server configuration files can be found in /usr/share/jboss-as/standalone/configuration

For Developer Studio installation:

1). Download package into в /tmp/runa

2). In /tmp/runa directory run

sudo dpkg -i * ; sudo apt-get -f install

3). To start Developer Studio use the label in the applications list of menu or command


Task Notifier is installed similar to Developer Studio. You can start the Task Notifier from applications list or with the command


Note: in case of Unity shell use to be able to see Task Notifier icon in the system trey additional setting is necessary. Install Unity control package - dconf-tools,

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Then run dconf-edtior and in desktop → unity → panel set systray-whitelist parameter to 'all'

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For Ubuntu 12.04 to turn on tray icons use:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist "['all']"

see more

For Ubuntu 14.04

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:gurqn/systray-trusty ; sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get upgrade

Note. If current version in main repository is newer then update from this url:

# ALT Linux

RunaWFE can be installed from Sisyphus repository.

To turn on Sisyphus [1]

For example, for x86-64 it's necessary to add the following lines to /etc/apt/sources.list

rpm x86_64 classic
rpm noarch classic

Update repository and install packages

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install runawfe4-gpd runawfe4-notifier runawfe4-server 

Note. For the correct work of Sisyphus repository sometimes it is necessary to add a string:

APT::Cache-Limit 100000000

to /etc/apt/apt.conf file.

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You must consider that the version of runawfe in repository may be not the latest one.

For example:

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To install downloaded rpm packages of RunaWFE use commands

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install runawfe4-gpd runawfe4-notifier runawfe4-server

WFE Server configuration files can be found in /usr/share/jboss-as/standalone/configuration/

To install Developer Studio and Template:RTN separately:

1). Download package to /tmp/runa

2). In /tmp/runa run

 sudo apt-get install *.rpm

To run Developer Studio use icon from menu or command


To run Template:RTN use icon from menu or command


# Fedora

To install rpm packages of the distibutive run

sudo yum install *.rpm

Dependencies will be resolved automatically.

Note. Unlike in Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, ALT Linux, Arch Linxux in Fedora runa configuration files can be found in /var/lib/runawfe4-server/configuration/

For Developer Studio installation:

1). Download package in /tmp/runa

2). In /tmp/runa directory run

sudo yum install *

3). To start GPD use


Template:RTN is installed similarly to Developer Studio

To run Template:RTN use icon in menu or command


Note. To show Template:RTN in the tray use "super + m" keys combination (see more in

# Arch Linux

Download jboss-as-vanilla and runawfe4-server packages

To install them use:

sudo pacman -U *

Dependencies will be resolved automatically.

# Binary distibutive

This distribution is an archive file, that contains compiled source, configured JBoss server and all required libraries. You can download the archive from:

# System installation

Download (from “Files” page on RunaWFE project). Unpack runa-wfe-*.zip archive to any folder on the server, folder name must not contain spaces. This folder will be here forth named $DIST_ROOT.

# Installing RunaWFE from the source code

For WFE Server installation detailed description see WFE Server Developer Guide.

For Developer Studio installation detailed description see Developer Studio Developer Guide.

For Task Notifier installation detailed description see Task Notifier Developer Guide.

# Macintosh OS

Currently there are no distributive for Mac. To install the system use binary distributives:

# Check java

Run java -version command.

Java version 1.6 or higher is required. (

# Install the WFE Server

Download archive from and extract the contents.

Go to bin directory in terminal session.

Start Server with ./ command.

To shut down the WFE Server press Ctrl+C in the terminal session.

# Install Developer Studio

Download archive according to your java (32 or 64 bit) from and unpack it.

Run runa-gpd.

In case of any problems see

# Installation verification

# Starting the system

Note. By default JBoss is available only on local interface (because of security reasons). When you install Windows OS version of system with the help of installer, you have JBoss already configured for network connections. To make JBoss available on all set interfaces run standalone.bat (.sh) with "-b" parameter. Or you can place this parameter into standalone.bat(.sh) script.

Note. You must have permissions to run applications that listen to ports that are used by application server (that is a part of RunaWFE system) (by default the ports are 10098, 10099, 8083, 4444, 4445, 8080)

# Windows OS distibutive

Simulator can be run on the client computer via system menu Start / Programs / RunaWFE / Start simulation or via desktop icon "Start simulation".

If you've installed WFE Server or remote bot station, then jboss is installed as service and it will be started automatically every time the system is started.

# Linux OS distibutive

Use the following command to start the WFE Server:

sudo runawfe4-server

Note. To start the WFE Server superuser permissions are required that's why it's obligatory to use sudo command.

Note. To start the WFE Server with the possibility to close terminal use "screen" package.

"Screen" package installation:

sudo apt-get install screen

With "screen" the WFE Server can be started by:

screen sudo runawfe4-server

To disconnect window from terminal use CTRL+A then D.

To reconnect to the session use:

screen -r

Note. By default H2 (WildFly/Jboss7) is used in the system, DB is recreated with the Server restart.

To configure DB connection see

When starting the WFE Server “deployment timeout” error can occur. For solution see

# Binary or source code distibution

Go to $JBOSS_HOME/bin directory and run

# WildFly/Jboss7

standalone.bat (Windows) (Linux)

# Jboss4

run.bat (Windows) (Linux)

# Halting the system

# Windows OS distributive

The simulator on the client computer can be stopped via system menu Start / Programs / RunaWFE / Stop simulation or via desktop icon "Stop simulation".

If you've installed the WFE Server or remote bot station, you should stop jboss service to stop the system.

# Linux OS distributive

To stop the WFE Server in console press CTRL+C

# Binary or source code distribution

If the console is available you can use Ctrl+C to stop the Server.

Go to $JBOSS_HOME/bin directory and run

# WildFly/Jboss7

jboss-cli.bat --connect --command=:shutdown (Windows)

# Jboss4

shutdown.bat -S (Windows)

# How to log in

Open web browser with http://wfserver:8080/wfe url.

<wfserver> - is server web address. If RunaWFE is installed and started locally <wfserver> must be replaced by localhost (http://localhost:8080/wfe)

Note. In case of AltLinux 4.0 port 8080 is used by system services, that's why you should use another port. Usually port 28080 is used. So in AltLinux OS case the url is http://wfserver:28080/wfe

Note. If SSL protocol is used the url is: https://wfserver:8443/wfe

The page with user login and password fields must appear in web browser.

Default administrator login and password (case sensitive):

Login: Administrator

Password: wf

Note. Demo processes files can be found in $DIST_ROOT/samples.

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