Execute Workflow using JScript in CRM 2011

Posted: May 30, 2012 in CRM 2011, Jscripts

To Execute a Workflow using jscript, first we need to get the workflow id by passing the process name.

In my example i’m performing an ODATA call to get the Workflow id, so don’t forget to add jquery1.4.1.min and json2 files in your Form Properties. You can get those files from sdk.

path – \sdk\samplecode\js\restendpoint\jqueryrestdataoperations\jqueryrestdataoperations\scripts.

Finally here is your jscript code to trigger the workflow.

 // function to trigger workflow
function TriggerWorkflow() {
    // get the workflow id
    var workflowId = GetProcessId();
    if (workflowId[0].results.length > 0) {
        var xml = "" +
       "<?xml version=\"1.0\" encoding=\"utf-8\"?>" +
       "<soap:Envelope xmlns:soap=\"http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/\" xmlns:xsi=\"http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance\" xmlns:xsd=\"http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema\">" +
       GenerateAuthenticationHeader() +
       "<soap:Body>" +
       "<Execute xmlns=\"http://schemas.microsoft.com/crm/2007/WebServices\">" +
       "<Request xsi:type=\"ExecuteWorkflowRequest\">" +
       "<EntityId>" + Xrm.Page.data.entity.getId() + "</EntityId>" +
       "<WorkflowId>" + workflowId[0].results[0].WorkflowId + "</WorkflowId>" +
       "</Request>" +
       "</Execute>" +
       "  </soap:Body>" +
       "</soap:Envelope>" +
        var xmlHttpRequest = new ActiveXObject("Msxml2.XMLHTTP");
        xmlHttpRequest.Open("POST", "/mscrmservices/2007/CrmService.asmx", true);
        xmlHttpRequest.setRequestHeader("SOAPAction", "http://schemas.microsoft.com/crm/2007/WebServices/Execute");
        xmlHttpRequest.setRequestHeader("Content-Type", "text/xml; charset=utf-8");
        xmlHttpRequest.setRequestHeader("Content-Length", xml.length);

// function to get workflow id by performing and ODATA call.
function GetProcessId() {
    // pass the workflow name manually to get the Id of the workflow
    var processName = "Send Email on Contact Create";

    // get the server url
    var serverUrl = Xrm.Page.context.getServerUrl();
    var oDataUri = serverUrl + "/xrmservices/2011/OrganizationData.svc/WorkflowSet?$select=WorkflowId&$filter=Name eq '" + processName + "' and ActiveWorkflowId/Id ne null";
    var jSonArray = new Array();

        type: "GET",
        contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8",
        datatype: "json",
        url: oDataUri,
        async: false,
        beforeSend: function (XMLHttpRequest) {
            //Specifying this header ensures that the results will be returned as JSON.             
            XMLHttpRequest.setRequestHeader("Accept", "application/json");
        success: function (data, textStatus, XmlHttpRequest) {
            if (data && data.d != null) {
        error: function (XmlHttpRequest, textStatus, errorThrown) {
            alert("Error :  has occured during retrieval of the workflowId");
    return jSonArray;

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