I am using SharePoint Server 2013 And I need to create a workflow using SharePoint designer 2013. I created 2013 workflow attached to a list and it doesn't contain any errors. However, I am not able to publish it. I am receiving an error.

Any ideas?

Workflow Error

I did some researches and they required to check if the workflow management site has the port 12991, but I didn't even find it!



Did you install Workflow manager ?


  • I am not sure if it is installed or not since I am not the one who installed the environment, but when I created the workflow I can see workflow 2013. How can I check if it is installed correctly or not? and Should I install it? @Raf – N.Sahraoui Apr 6 '17 at 14:02
  • to check if workflow manager is installed check blog.devoworx.net/2016/05/06/… and blog.devoworx.net/2016/01/12/… – Mohamed El-Qassas MVP Apr 6 '17 at 14:03
  • Thank you for the response, it seems that the workflow manager is not installed, I installed it and then started configure it, but I received a message: Farm managed database already configured Please I really need help!!! – N.Sahraoui Apr 6 '17 at 14:12
  • In what step of configuring you receive this message? – Raf Apr 6 '17 at 14:20
  • I tried to configure a new Farm but I got a message Farm managed database already configured, then I tried joining the computer to the Farm but I cannot find the certificate generation key!! Finally, I tried creatinhg a custom configuration (the second choice), followed all the steps but the configuration failed. I wish I could show you screen shots, I am not able to share them in the comments. Thank you @Raf – N.Sahraoui Apr 6 '17 at 16:34

I faced the same behavior before and actually, the workflow was had errors but it's not visible so I did the following to show the errors:

  • Save and close your workflow.
  • Try to open it again.
  • Click on Check for Errors button from your ribbon.
  • All errors should now be visible.
  • Try to solve it and check for errors again, it’s should now be worked properly.


  • the workflow is veru simple and I tested it in another environment and everything is working fine. I just want to send an email notification when an item is added. However, I checked the IIS and I didn't finf the workflow management site I edit the post and add a screen shot. – N.Sahraoui Apr 6 '17 at 13:37

I finally uninstall the Workflow management Server, I followed the article https://sharepointinaction.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/uninstallingremoving-sharepoint-2013-workflow-manager-farm/
Then, I reinstall it again from scratch in both servers since I have a multi Farm server using the article that @M.Qassas gave me. Make sure that when you go to central administration, click on your Web App and then connections in the ribbon, the workflow service proxy and the user profile service are checked.

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