I did some faulty modification to my workflow 2013 inside SharePoint designer 2013 for our SharePoint online site. and i want to restore the previous version of my workflow , but can anyone advice if this is possible inside SharePoint designer? as inside SharePoint designer i did not find any option to do so? also the workflow is not showing inside "All Files", as follow:-

enter image description here

2 Answers 2


It is not supported since there is no version history for SharePoint 2013 workflow in SharePoint Designer 2013.

The Workflow catalog is not showing under “All Files” probably because you have never used SharePoint 2010 workflow in this site before. The Workflow folder will be automatically generated once you have (or have tried to) publish a SharePoint 2010 workflow to this site.

But still, this method does not apply to SharePoint 2013 workflow since this catalog does not store SharePoint 2013 workflows.

  • ok thanks for the info, so in other words i can not restore a workflow 2013?
    – John John
    Apr 23, 2020 at 18:41
  • @SharePointTestDev As far as I know, no. Your last chance would be previous versions in List settings > Workflow Settings. But if you have published or run the workflow successfully, there won’t be any additional records here. Apr 24, 2020 at 2:43

Follow the below steps, seems this is doable :

Here’s how to revert to a previous version:

  1. In the left pane of SharePoint Designer, click the little pin icon next to All Files.
  2. Once All Files is expanded, scroll down and expand out your folder called Workflows. Note that if you have not actually created any workflows yet, you will not have this folder. Each workflow will be a “subfolder” under workflows. One weird little thing to point out also is that if you changed the name of any workflow after you created it, that new name will not show here, only the original name of each workflow will show in this list.
  3. The workflow that I want to restore a previous version of is called “Check Audit Month”, so I’ll expand out that folder. Now I can see all of the files that my workflow is comprised of.
  4. Each of these files has a set of versions. Right click on the XOML file, and choose Version History. I want to get rid of all the changes I made today, and revert back to the 4/12 version which I know worked correctly. I scroll down and click on the most recent 4/12 version. (I’ve blurred out the domain name I’m working in)
  5. Click Restore.
  6. Right click on the next file, the XOML.rules. Go find that exact same date/time of the file as the one in the previous step, and restore it. Note that the version number may NOT be the same.
  7. Right click the next file, which is xoml.wfconfig.xml. Do the same thing by finding that same date/time that matches the one you restored at step 4. Restore it.
  8. In this case, I don’t need to change anything about my InfoPath XSN file, which is the task form as part of tasks that are assigned in the workflow. I’m skipping that one.
  9. Important step after you’ve restored the old versions… EXIT SharePoint Designer. This is because of a cached version of your workflow needing to be refreshed.
  10. Re-open your site in SharePoint Designer. When you open your workflow in the normal way now (as opposed to the funky way we did in step 2), you will see that good old version that you just restored.
  11. Click Publish. Now your restored workflow is live and in use on the site.

The above solution applies to

This solution applies to all versions of SharePoint 2010, 2007, and SharePoint Online with Office 365. This does NOT apply to SharePoint 2013 workflows, but DOES apply to SharePoint 2010 workflows created in SharePoint 2013.


SharePoint Designer – Restore Previous Workflow Version

  • but under All files i can not find a folder named "Workflows", as shown in the screen shot i provided
    – John John
    Apr 22, 2020 at 20:02

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.