Import a BPMN 2.0 XML diagram

Access to this feature depends on your workspace settings.

The BPMN 2.0 standard includes an XML notation and enables the platform with independent exchange of BPMN 2.0 diagrams. To get more information about the BPMN 2.0 specifications, go to

In SAP Signavio Process Manager you can update your BPMN 2.0 model by importing a new XML file. The import updates each process and subprocess in your model, and creates a new diagram if a subprocess doesn’t exist.

To import a BPMN 2.0 XML diagram, follow these steps:

  1. Open the explorer and click Import / Export > Import BPMN 2.0 XML.

    The Import BPMN 2.0 diagrams from .bpmn files dialog opens.

  2. Click Choose File.

  3. Select a XML file that complies with the BPMN 2.0 XML standard.

    The diagram imports.

Import errors and warnings

If the imported file is not standard-compliant, the system displays errors and warnings. Some elements won't import due to errors in the BPMN 2.0 XML file.

  • Errors prevent the diagram from importing.

  • Warnings display which diagram elements won't be available after the import. Diagrams with warnings still import.

Each element requires bpmndi information such as process flow and graphical information.

Elements with no bpmndi information still import but display warnings. For example, if an element doesn’t contain graphical information during import, the import completes but elements without the graphical information are excluded from the import.

Opening a diagram with warnings after import can contain missing elements.

Sometimes the import of BPMN 2.0 XML files is impossible due to errors unknown to the system. For example, the imported file isn't a valid BPMN 2.0 XML. For further assistance, please contact our SAP Signavio service experts on the SAP ONE Support Launchpad.

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