Setting up a Development Environment for Camunda HTML Forms

Are you developing HTML forms for Camunda Tasklist? Are you re-packaging your application with maven and re-deploying it to Tomcat or WildFly for each HMTL form change? Are you annoyed by this? 🙂

There is hope: this post explains how to setup a development environment which allows you to develop forms inside Camunda Tasklist and refresh your changes without re-packaging and re-deploying your application.

We use this kind of setup ourselves when working on the Invoice Example which is provided with the Camunda Distribution.

In the following I am assuming that you have setup an application according to the blueprint provided by our Getting Started Guide.

Step 1: Adding a Maven Profile for development

First you need to add a Maven profile for development:

          <!-- override processes.xml, providing custom process engine -->

The profile includes the Camunda Standalone Webapplication as well as the Jetty Maven plugin for starting it as part of the Maven build.

Step 2: Override some Configuration

Next we need to override some configuration. The maven profile references two resource locations to which we need to add a configuration file.

Place the following xml content into src/develop/resources/META-INF/processes.xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>


  <process-engine name="default">
      <property name="jobExecutorActivate">true</property>
      <property name="authorizationEnabled">true</property>

      <property name="isDeleteUponUndeploy">false</property>
      <property name="isScanForProcessDefinitions">true</property>


This ensures that an in-memory process engine is started and that the processes located in the classpath of the maven build are deployed to it.

Next, place the following XML content into src/develop/webapp/WEB-INF/applicationContext.xml:

<beans xmlns=""


This overrides the Spring Configuration shipped with the Standalone Web Application and makes sure the process engine is not also started using Spring.

Step 3: Start the Application and work on Embedded Forms

You can now start your application by typing

mvn clean jetty:run -Pdevelop

And opening Camunda Tasklist at https://localhost:8080/camunda/app/tasklist/.

If you now change your HTML forms or JavaScript resources, you can simply refresh the page in the Browser and the changes will be visible.


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