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Export Workflow as XML vs as Workflow

When I export a workflow from Jira Data Center, I can export it "As Workflow" or "As XML." What is the difference.  If I want to export it and import it onto a different server, which will bring things in better on the new server?

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Kseniia Trushnikova
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Sep 29, 2023

Hi @Kathy Dickason,

If the new Jira is the copy of the Jira you'll export a workflow from, then XML export is better since it contains IDs of the workflow elements. On importing the XML file, Jira will map the workflow IDs with the existing ones.

If the new Jira is different to the Jira you'll export a workflow from, then Workflow export is better:

  • Conditions, validators, post functions and properties will not be imported (but you'll still get the full list of all these attributes while importing, so you can restore them manually).
  • You'll be able to map statuses in the workflow to new or existing statuses in the new Jira.
  • The screens and custom fields used in the workflow will be created automatically.

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