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DMN in Modeler

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Start Modeling

Camunda Desktop and Web Modeler both offer the same Modeling experience for DMN 1.3 models: Modeling starts in the Decision Requirements Diagram (DRD) view. From there, you can add DMN elements from the palette on the left side by dragging and dropping them onto the diagram canvas.

Alternatively, you can add new elements by using the context menu that appears when you select an element in the diagram. Using the wrench icon in the context menu, you can change the type of an element in place. Use the properties panel on the right side to change the name or id of the DMN diagram.



The demo above shows how to model a decision table. After creating a decision and morphing it into a decision table, you can start editing the table by clicking the overlay on the upper left corner of the decision. Using the overview in the decision table view, you can jump between decision tables.

DMN coverage

Modeler supports the following DMN elements:

  • Decision (tables and literal expressions)
  • Input data
  • Knowledge source
  • Business knowledge model

Decision tables

Decision Table

By clicking the blue icon on a decision table, you can open the decision table view and start to edit it. Add Input, Output, and Rule elements by clicking the plus signs. Edit a table cell by clicking on it. Alternatively, the tabulator and enter keys can be used to walk through the table cells.

Delete a rule or a column, copy, or insert a new rule by right clicking in the cell:

Delete or copy rules

Adjust the details of an input or output column (e.g., name, expression, and type) by double clicking in the header row:

Change input or output column

Jump between decision tables or literal expressions in your decision requirement diagram by opening and using the Overview on the left side:

Jump between decision tables

Literal expressions

New DMN Literal Expression

You can also edit literal expressions. Just as with decision tables, in the decision requirement diagram view, click the blue icon to drill-down into the literal expression view and start editing.

Business knowledge models

A business knowledge model (BKM) is a reusable function containing a piece of decision logic. Typically, a BKM instantiates business logic that is required in multiple decisions, such as a common computation. For example, an amortization formula might be used in different loan application processes.

You can make BKM elements executable using literal expressions written in FEEL, in almost the same way you would create a decision using a literal expression. A BKM literal expression can optionally accept parameters to be used as inputs to the FEEL expression, and it returns a single result whose name is the same as the BKM element name. Once you’ve created a BKM, it appears in autosuggestions when you’re using literal expressions to create decision logic.

Currently, you can only reuse BKMs within the same decision.

To create an executable BKM:

  1. Add a BKM element to the canvas.
  2. Name the BKM element. This name will be used for the result variable.
  3. On the context menu, select Change type > Literal expression.
  4. Click the blue literal expression icon ({}) on the BKM element.
  5. Add parameters by hovering over the () and clicking the edit button. All changes to the BKM are saved automatically.
  6. Enter a FEEL expression in the expression box.
  7. Select a type for the result.