Workflow Associations in SharePoint 2013


Whenever a workflow is created, it always gets associated with some or the other thing in SharePoint. Associating a workflow means attaching it to something.


In SharePoint, workflows can be easily associated with any of the following –

  • Lists
  • Libraries
  • Content types
  • Sites


Let’s go through the different workflow associations that are available

Content workflows :

These workflows are only associated with some specific type of content in SharePoint, like a specific list/library. Content workflows are referred as list workflows too.


Site workflows :

These are not connected to a particular list/library. Site workflows are initiated manually usually. On a SharePoint site, you will find the “Site Workflows” button located next to Create button.


Reusable workflows :

These are similar to site workflows and not bound to some specific list. Reusable workflows can be created for being used multiple times and even for reuse on different sites. You can connect these workflows to different lists as well as libraries.

On creating a reusable workflow, you do get the option to select the base content type so as to limit the workflow.

Hopefully this tutorial explains the concept of workflow associations in detail.


Kristin is a content strategist at Techarex Networks. Kristin follows the B2B technology space closely and loves to write on the latest changes in technology, futuretech and fixes for day to day how to issues. Besides writing Kristin also loves music, moves and skating.

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