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Start a Workflow Programmatically

There could be many ways to start a workflow programmatically, here is one of them:

You will need to specify the workflow name.

private static void StartWorkflow(SPListItem listItem, string workflowName)
            SPWorkflowAssociation wfAssoc = listItem.ParentList.WorkflowAssociations.GetAssociationByName(workflowName, System.Globalization.CultureInfo.CurrentCulture);

            listItem.Web.Site.WorkflowManager.StartWorkflow(listItem, wfAssoc, wfAssoc.AssociationData, true);


Call the above function like this:

StartWorkflow(listItem, myWorkflowName);

Hope this helps–

  1. Stephan Onisick
    December 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Question: Why do you have to update the list item.

    Stephan Onisick

  2. July 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks so much. Works beautifully!

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