Export Import SharePoint Designer Workflow - Part Two

In this blog, we will see the other method, i.e., “Save as Template” by which we can export and import a SharePoint Designer Workflow.

Introduction

This blog is in continuation of my previous blog which describes the way to Export-Import SharePoint 2013 Designer Workflow using “Export to Visio” method. In this blog, we will see the other method, i.e., “Save as Template” by which we can export and import a SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflow. This method can be used to move a workflow in the same tenant, within the same site collection or site or to export to a different Office 365 tenant.

The previous blog URL is mentioned below for your reference. 

Export Steps

Step 1 

Select the workflow which you want to export and select the option “Save As Template” in the ribbon, as shown below.
 
Export Import SharePoint Designer Workflow 

After clicking on “Save as Template” option, the .WSP file will be saved in Site Assets Library and the following message will be displayed.

Export Import SharePoint Designer Workflow

Step 2 

Go to Site Assets Library and export the .WSP file to the local system or network drive (using Export File option in the ribbon) and save it in a location.
 
 Export Import SharePoint Designer Workflow
 
Export Import SharePoint Designer Workflow
 

Import Steps

Step 1 

Once the .WSP file is saved in the local system, we need to upload the file in Solutions gallery in the site collection or site where we want to import the workflow. Go to Solutions gallery (Site Settings -> Web Design Galleries) of another site collection where we want to import the workflow and upload the file by clicking the Upload button in the ribbon, as shown below.
 
Export Import SharePoint Designer Workflow
 
Step 2 
 
Activate the .WSP package file by clicking on Activate button in the ribbon.
 
Export Import SharePoint Designer Workflow

Step 3 

After a workflow package has been activated for a site collection, it is available as a feature and the feature needs to be activated in the site. Go to site settings and click on “Manage Site Features” and activate the workflow feature.
 
Export Import SharePoint Designer Workflow

NOTE
In the above steps, I have exported and imported the SharePoint Designer 2013 workflow from one site collection to another site collection in the same Office 365 tenant, however same can be implemented to export-import in different tenants.

Summary

In this blog, we saw that instead of creating the already developed workflow manually in another site or site collection, we can export-import SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflow using “Save as Template” method.