I need to create a nintex workflow:

  1. I need to know who the workflow initiator is.
  2. Put this information in a column in the item.
  3. Use this information to send a message to the initiator.

How can I do this?

2 Answers 2


Nintex provides a method to see who started the workflow, it is defined as the Initiator in the Common workflow variables. So when your workflow is triggered, you'd update a list item and set the column to the Initiator. Then you'd send a notification and select the Initiator as the To person.


The workflow ‘Initiator’ value is automatically captured in the ‘Insert Reference’ Common metadata as shown below.

  1. using a “Build dynamic string” action
  2. insert reference: {Common:Initiator}
  3. store the {Common:Initiator} metadata into a workflow variable
  4. you can then use the variable to update a column in your List.
  5. use var_Initiator workflow variable to update a column (field) in my List titled “Initiator”.
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    Hi Liron, do you know Liron?
    – Stu Pegg
    Commented May 12, 2011 at 20:59
  • You only have to go through that if the field you want to update is not a person/group field. Commented May 13, 2011 at 0:19

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