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Version: 8.5

Event-based gateway

An event-based gateway allows you to make a decision based on events.


An event-based gateway must have at least two outgoing sequence flows. Each sequence flow must be connected to an intermediate catch event of type timer, message or signal.

When an event-based gateway is entered, the process instance waits at the gateway until one of the events is triggered. When the first event is triggered, the outgoing sequence flow of this event is taken. No other events of the gateway can be triggered afterward.

Additional resources

XML representation

An event-based gateway with two outgoing sequence flows:

<bpmn:eventBasedGateway id="gateway" />

<bpmn:sequenceFlow id="s1" sourceRef="gateway" targetRef="payment-details-updated" />

<bpmn:intermediateCatchEvent id="payment-details-updated"
name="Payment Details Updated">
<bpmn:messageEventDefinition messageRef="message-payment-details-updated" />

<bpmn:sequenceFlow id="s2" sourceRef="gateway" targetRef="wait-one-hour" />

<bpmn:intermediateCatchEvent id="wait-one-hour" name="1 hour">

<bpmn:intermediateCatchEvent id="payment-canceled" name="Payment canceled">
<bpmn:signalEventDefinition signalRef="signal-payment-canceled" />