Today I tried to get the TemplateID for starting a workflow from the ribbon in SharePoint 2013 workflow.

Some Background

To start a workflow from a SharePoint ribbon a URL needs to be build up in the following format:

[code lang=text]
SPUserCustomAction action = web.Lists[listname].UserCustomActions.Add();

string workflowTemplateId = workflowId.ToString();

action.Title = title;

action.ImageUrl = “/_layouts/15/images/wfComment.png”;

action.Url = “{SiteUrl}/wfsvc/06f8de2413bc41fe869414fc061435f9/WFInitForm.aspx?List={ListId}&ID={SelectedItemId}&TemplateID={“+ workflowTemplateId +”}&WF4=1&Source={Source}”;

action.Location = “CommandUI.Ribbon.ListView”;

action.Sequence = 0;

action.CommandUIExtension =



” ” +

” +

” Command=’WF.AddComment’ ” +

” Image32by32=’/_layouts/15/images/wfComment48x48.png’ ” +

” Image16by16=’/_layouts/15/images/wfComment32x32.png’ ” +

” Sequence=’0′ ” +

” LabelText=’Add Comment’ ” +

” Description=’Add Comment Button’ ” +

” TemplateAlias=’o1′ />” +

” ” +

” ” +

” ” +

” +

” CommandAction=’~site/wfsvc/06f8de2413bc41fe869414fc061435f9/WFInitForm.aspx?List={ListId}&ID={SelectedItemId}&TemplateID={” + workflowTemplateId + “}&WF4=1&Source={Source}’ />” +

” ” +



The problem:

The problem however is how do we get the TemplateID all the other bits of the URL can be resolved with variables that are filled in dynamically but the Template ID is a bit trickier.

[code lang=text]
‘~site/wfsvc/06f8de2413bc41fe869414fc061435f9/WFInitForm.aspx?List={ListId}&ID={SelectedItemId}&TemplateID={” + workflowTemplateId + “}&WF4=1&Source={Source}’

The Solution:

[code lang=text]
var clientContext = new ClientContext(web.Url);
var workflowServiceManager = new WorkflowServicesManager(clientContext, clientContext.Web);

WorkflowSubscriptionService workflowSubscriptionService = workflowServiceManager.GetWorkflowSubscriptionService();

var workflowSubscriptions = workflowSubscriptionService.EnumerateSubscriptions();



foreach(var workflowSubscription inworkflowSubscriptions)


workflowTemplateId = workflowSubScription.Id


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5 thoughts on “Get TemplateID for starting a workflow from the ribbon in SharePoint 2013 workflow”
  1. Hi Pieter,

    Thanks for shared, but can you help me!

    This code is in .net?

    How can I use this in JSOM, can you shared some information.

    I need start a workflow 2010 in a Onpremise SharePoint 2013 with JSOM and Sharepoint Designer.


    Leonardo Brito

    From – São Paulo – Brasil

  2. Hi Pieter,

    I need to start the 2010 workflow by sharepoint designer 2013 with a rest call.

    I’m trying to do this in different ways, like:

    _api/SP.WorkflowServices.WorkflowInstanceService.Current/StartWorkflow(item=’143′, templateId='{33451e59-3b82-428f-932f-224a2cadadc5}’,workflowParameters=”)

    _api/SP.WorkflowServices.WorkflowInstanceService.Current/StartWorkflow(‘143’, ‘{33451e59-3b82-428f-932f-224a2cadadc5}’, ”)

    _api/SP.WorkflowServices.WorkflowInstanceService.Current/StartWorkflow(associationName=’testesendmailnovofluxopermissao’,null, listId='{E4B87BDC-E524-4DBA-8AA6-28DAA9701E63}’, itemGuid='{C9D55D81-5D01-4AC9-9FAE-EA1D90087015}’)

    _api/SP.WorkflowServices.WorkflowInstanceService.Current/StartWorkflow(‘testesendmailnovofluxopermissao’, ‘{E4B87BDC-E524-4DBA-8AA6-28DAA9701E63}’, ‘{C9D55D81-5D01-4AC9-9FAE-EA1D90087015}’)

    _api/SP.WorkflowServices.WorkflowInstanceService.Current/StartWorkflow(associationName=”testesendmailnovofluxopermissao’,correlationId=’null’,listId='{E4B87BDC-E524-4DBA-8AA6-28DAA9701E63}’, itemGuid=’143′, workflowParameters=”)

    **** But don’t work, don’t start the workflow 2010.

    I created successfully in JSOM, but I really need to start the flow 2010 via sharepoint designer 2013.

    1. I don;’t understand how you want to start a workflow in SharePoint Designer? SharePoint designer is used to develop workflows not to run workflows. They are run from within SharePoint.

  3. Thank you Pieter!
    You’re right, I can just call the action 2010 start workflow

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