I am working on a client requirement where I have to create List Workflows for O365 - SharePoint Online websites.

When I try publishing the workflow, I get an error which says - unexpected error while publishing workflow.

The workflow actually does not have any errors which may forbid it from being published but still I am getting this error. I have researched a lot on this but have not managed to get any fix for this.

The following is the workflow:

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Please help.

  • can you attach any screenshot of error or screenshot of workflow actions? that might be helpful for us to answer your question. – Ganesh Sanap Mar 14 at 6:15
  • Error window shows that there are errors while compiling the workflow. – Ganesh Sanap Mar 14 at 7:39

There is an issue published via Office 365 Admin Center->Health->Service Health->Advisories->SharePoint Online:

"SP175429- Unable to edit existing workflows or create new workflows"

That users are unable to edit workflows or create new workflows in SharePoint 2010 using Designer and other protocols.

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You can check the status about this issue via service health.


Please check the complexity of the workflow. Here is a link where you can find the Powershell script to check it. If the complexity is more than 7000(default threshold for SharePoint online), you may need to split the workflow.

  • The workflow only has a single line of action. I am only updating a list item using the workflow even then I get this error. – Mancy Desaee Mar 14 at 6:13

Since, you're sure that the workflow has no errors, you may try out these two checks -

  • Make sure that you have sufficient space in C drive of the server/machine where you're publishing this workflow
  • Ensure that all the workflow related features are enabled in both the site collection level as well as site level.

Let me know if error still persists

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