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3160997 - Import of an BPMN XML file is not possible or succeds with errors.


When I import a BPMN XML file it fails or succeeds with errors. For example: 

Discarded element due to invalid reference from DI to Semantics part in BPMN 2.0 XML: Node (null)


SAP Signavio Process Manager 3.0

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Open Explorer
  2. Click Import/Export
  3. Select 'Import bpmn xml file' option
  4. Select a file.
  5. Press Import
  6. See error message.


The file you are trying to import does not fully comply with the BPMN Standard.


Our XML import requires a valid BPMN 2.0 format, which is a standardized format. The supplied XML file does not correspond to the BPMN 2.0 format and can only be processed within the framework of the software you use. We lack the BPMN 2.0 definitions, therefore the file cannot be imported.

Do you have a possibility to export a BPMN compliant file in your tool?

On the following page you can validate your XML exports with the BPMN 2.0:


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SAP Signavio Process Manager 3.0