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Step templates

Step templates are preconfigured steps that perform different types of actions when a job is run, such as opening a map, running a geoprocessing tool, asking a question, and so on. Each step template contains a default name and values for step logic, styling, shape, and help. When a step template is added to a workflow diagram, it becomes a unique step in the workflow and its default values can be customized as necessary.

The following table lists the step templates included in ArcGIS Workflow Manager:

Step templateDescription

Add Attachment

Add attachments to a job.


Delete active job versions and attachments associated with a job.

Create Version

Create job-specific versions of your data.

Define Location

Define the geographic extent of a job's location.

Manual Step

Create a step with no advanced logic to serve as a placeholder for separate tasks that need to be completed outside of Workflow Manager. For example, fieldwork for GPS data collection, requests pending approval from a manager, or documentation.

Open Pro Project Items

Open one or more project items in an ArcGIS Pro project, such as maps or tasks. If a mapping item is chosen, data layers are pointed to the appropriate branch versions for the job.

Open Web App

Open web pages and web apps in an integrated Workflow Manager environment for a seamless experience.


Add a decision point to a workflow and define a question to determine the next step in the workflow.

Run GP Service

Run geoprocessing tools, ModelBuilder models, and Python scripts that have been published as geoprocessing services.

Send Email

Send an email notification to one or more recipients.

Update Job Properties

Allow the person running a job to update the job's extended properties.