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Yury Horbach created an iPhone client for Activiti that covers similar functionality as the Activiti Explorer web app.

The idea

Nowadays mobile devices like the iPhone or Android based smartphones are becoming a very important player in the modern digitial world. Being an aficionado of both BPM and mobile development, I came up with the idea to develop a mobile app providing task management capabilities exactly the way Activiti Explorer does.

It will be (iPhone) iOS 4.0 compatible and will run on a variety of devices - like the iPhone 3G, 3GS, iPod Touch and the iPad. It is a rich native client written in Objective C leveraging the REST API provided by Activiti.

Developing this application took only a few weeks on weekends and in the evenings, thanks to Activiti's REST API as well as the powerful UI Components available in Apple's Cocoa Touch.

That being said, the iPad version with enhanced capabilities leveraging the bigger screen resolution as well as an Android version are in the pipeline for the nearest future as well. Anyone wanting to join us in this effort is welcome.


Check out the screencast:


The first release will include the following features:

  • the server running Activiti REST Services can be set in the Settings menu
  • the client connects using Basic HTTP Authentication, login details are saved in user preferences to avoid entering them each time
  • the tasks can be claimed to "My Tasks" and/or completed
  • HTML task forms are supported, making this app very flexible for custom workflows

Here is the screenshot of the main screen with the task summary:

More details and a screencast to follow shortly...

Release date

Depending on the approval process, the app should be made publicly available in October 2010.

Testers wanted

If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or an iPad and would like to become a beta tester, let us know. We will start to beta test sometime in September

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  1. I like this idea and could be a beta tester.

  2. Hi Ivan,

    thanks for your offer. The Activiti MobileExplorer was released to the AppStore in December 2010 both as iPhone and iPad app, so for the time being there is no beta testing going on.

    The current version of MobileExplorer is still compatible with the latest Activiti version 5.2, since the REST API haven't changed apparently. If I start working on a new version of MobileExplorer in tthe future, I will contact you if you are still available.

    Best regards


  3. Hi,

    I am willing to test in feature as well, i have iPhone4.



  4. Hi, I would like being part of the testing as well. I've got an iPhone 4.


  5. Hi Tom, it looks nice! I'm sure this app would get some management attention. Is there any progress/roadmap for supporting mobile devices?

    Btw: The icon for 'edit settings' seems confusing to me. In other iPhone apps this icon opens a 'new issue' dialog (email, sms etc.).

    Best regards,


  6. Hi,

    I am trying out the latest version of the MobileExplorer on an iPad with a default activiti 5.7 installation. I keep getting a 403 error when the app tries to log in. Any idea what I am doing wrong?


  7. Will the source code be open?

  8. I like the idea and would love to see the app working.  The problem is that is is not interfacing with the Activiti engine being used by Alfresco Comunity 4.0.d.  Is there any active support for this app or is it just a good idea gone to seed because of the Alfresco marketing model?