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Business rule tasks

A business rule task is used to model the evaluation of a business rule, for example, a decision modeled in DMN (Decision Model and Notation).


Business rule tasks behave exactly like service tasks. Both task types are based on jobs and job workers. The differences between these task types are the visual representation (i.e. the task marker) and the semantics for the model.

When a process instance enters a business rule task then it creates a corresponding job and wait for its completion. A job worker should request jobs of this job type and process them. When the job is completed then the process instance continues.


Jobs for business rule tasks are not processed by Zeebe itself. In order to process them, you need to provide a job worker.

Defining a task#

A business rule task must define a job type. It specifies the type of job that workers should subscribe to (e.g. DMN).

Use task headers to pass static parameters to the job worker (e.g. the key of the decision to evaluate).

Define variable mappings to transform the variables that are passed to the job worker, or to customize how the variables of the job are merged in the process instance.

Additional resources#

Community Extension

Have a look at the Zeebe DMN Worker. It's a community extension that provides a job worker to evaluate DMN decisions. You can run it, or use it as a blueprint for your own job worker.

XML Representation#

A business rule task with a custom header:

<bpmn:businessRuleTask id="calculate-risk" name="Calculate risk">  <bpmn:extensionElements>    <zeebe:taskDefinition type="DMN" />    <zeebe:taskHeaders>      <zeebe:header key="decisionRef" value="risk" />    </zeebe:taskHeaders>  </bpmn:extensionElements></bpmn:businessRuleTask>