I have created a SharePoint 2010 workflow to send an email on list. when I add item into list using code, it not triggers the workflow. however when I enter Item manually it works fine.

  • Are you using RunWithElevatedPrivileges? The workflows don't work when you are using System Account to add item.. Sep 12, 2018 at 11:46
  • Yes I am using RunWithElevated, However I need it because not all users have the pemission to create list item.
    – Ramesh
    Sep 12, 2018 at 12:07
  • Through code, are you able add item? did you check whether the item is there or not?
    – Arulraj
    Sep 12, 2018 at 12:56
  • @Ramesh this might help sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/56751/… Sep 12, 2018 at 13:38

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A common issue is that workflow not starting automatically as System Account. So don't run the code with system account.

Similar issue post for your reference:

Workflow not trigger after new item created


I had the same issue. I went through the following:

  • I checked SPTimerV4-- it was running.
  • I ran Get-WFFarmStatus and Get-SBFarmStatus-- both were good.
  • WF running as System Account: false-- all good.
  • Item being created by System Account: false-- all good.
  • Checked/unchecked manual start/auto start in Designer, then republished-- done.

None of them worked. (You can google each of the above to perform them accurately.)

At the end of my wits, I thought of recreating the WF. I began with a simple workflow that did nothing but to log a message on the history list. I checked manual/auto at creation. Saved and published. I created an item in the target list.

This new WF ran-- and so did the old problematic WF!

I am thinking that there is an internal create-event hook that broke with the old WF. When the new WF was being hooking into the create event, it restored the hook for the old WF. I will probably never get to confirm this. Just the same, it resolved my issue and that is what matters to me now.


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