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The Wait node has settings for days, hours and minutes, how does this work? How can I use the Wait node in workflow tasks?



The Wait node can be used to pause the workflow for a certain amount of time (for example to wait for a user action). The next node will start processing after the wait time is over.

To modify the Wait node's parameters:

  1. Double click the Wait node.
  2. In Release date, enter the date at which you want the workflow to stop waiting and start processing again. By default, this is set to the current date.
  3. In Days offset, Hours offset, Minutes offset and Seconds offset, you can add the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds to wait after the Release date. For example, if you set the Release date to [Workflow Start date] with an Hours offset of 2, the node will pause the workflow until two hours after the workflow was started.
  4. Enable Count only working days checkbox, if you are setting the node to wait a number of days and you only want to count business days. For example, if you set it to wait for two days and start it on a Thursday, it will start again on the Monday after that. This is selected by default.


Your Release date is set to [Workflow Start date]. Days offset is set to 2, Hours offset is set to 3and Count only working days is enabled. Your workflow is started at 9 am on Thursday:

  • Wait starts at Thursday 9 am.
  • On Friday 9 am, 1 working day has passed.
  • On Monday 9 am, 2 working days have passed.
  • On Monday 12 pm, 2 working days and 3 hours have passed and the Wait node ends, your workflow will continue.

For more information about the Wait node, see the relevant section in our User Manual on

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Applies to

WebCenter 12.0

Last revised25-Feb-14
CW Number213761

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