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Model a BPEL Process

The BPEL Process in Enterprise Architect represents the top-level container for the BPEL elements, from which BPEL can be generated. Conceptually it maps to the BPEL process element.

To create a BPEL Process in your BPEL model, follow the steps below:

  1. Open or create a BPEL diagram.
  2. Open the BPMN 1.1 pages of the Toolbox (More tools | BPMN 1.1).
  3. Drag a BPEL Process element from the Toolbox onto the diagram. The BPEL Properties dialog displays.
    BPEL Process Dlg
  4. In the Name field, type a name for the BPEL Process.
  5. The Query Language field defaults to XPath 1.0. The Process Type field is pre-set to Private (Enterprise Architect can generate BPEL from private processes only) and the Ad Hoc field is pre-set to False.


Click on the UML button if you need to define further properties of the BPEL Process, using the normal element Properties dialog and Behavior tab.

  1. Click on the OK button to close the dialog.


To return to the BPEL Properties dialog for subsequent editing:

  • Double-click on the element in the Project Browser (the Shows Properties option must be selected in the Double click on browser panel of the Options dialog) or
  • Right-click on the element in the diagram or Project Browser and select the BPEL | BPEL Properties context menu option.


The BPEL Process element is a stereotyped Activity that, when created, has a child diagram. Double-click on the element to display the diagram, and use further elements from the BPMN 1.1 Core page of the Toolbox to model the process; specifically:


On the BPMN 1.1 Core page, the following elements are not mappable to BPEL:

  • Pool
  • Lane
  • Data Object
  • Group
  • Text Annotation.

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