Recommended Number of Active Workflows

How many workflows are too many that may compromise the performance in the future? Is there a recommended number of workflows?

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Gaston Valente Community Champion Jul 14, 2017


I think it depens, it's not lineal, each workflow has a different weight in the total load it creates depending on:

  1. number of issue affected by the workflow
  2. number of conditions, validations and post functions and the complexity of each one
  3. number of services and listeners it has associated

But, for a rule-of-thumb you can use atlassian sizing guide:

From my point of view, having a large number of workflows creates problems with the administration first.


A workflow only really imposes load when it is being used, not just because it's in the system.  There are far more important things, like complex and multiple permission schemes, active users, number of issues, complexity of fields on issues and so-on.

I completely agree with Gaston - your admins will be overwhelmed by too many workflows to look after before you'll be able to say "too many are causing a load"

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Thank you! Your inputs are very much helpful

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