We have an issue with a large records center site where workflows from the drop-off library are not working correctly. However we do know what date they were previously working.

Is there a specific database that SharePoint keeps the custom workflows? Ideally we would like to restore a previous database containing the workflows however if these are contained in the site collection databases then the situation is more tricky as we have a lot of new data that has been added since the error occurred.

We are looking at restoring a December 2018 backup set to a virtual lab to compare the workflow settings. I gather we cannot copy the workflow out and import it into our live site?

  • is it custom 2013 workflows or SharePoint 2010 worlfows?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Mar 6, 2019 at 18:09

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For workflow 2010, it is in the content database.

For 2013 workflows WFInstanceManagementDB database maintain the list of instances that are being used by the Workflow Manager and associated related data.

More information is here.

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