Logo and Header Color

To change visual aspects of Cockpit, you can edit the user stylesheet file located in app/cockpit/styles/user-styles.css. This file contains CSS which is loaded into Cockpit and can override the standard styles.

.navbar-brand {
  /* hides the "Camunda Cockpit" text */
  text-indent: -999em;
  /* put your logo */
  background-image: url(./path/to/the/logo.png);
  /* sets the width to match the logo's width */
  width: 80px;

/* changes the header bottom border color  */
[cam-widget-header] {
  border-bottom-color: blue;


The localization of Cockpit is contained in the app/cockpit/locales/ directory. This directory contains a separate localization file for every available language. The file name consists of the language code and the suffix .json (e.g., en.json).

Cockpit uses a locale file corresponding to the language settings of the browser. You can set the availableLocales property in the configuration file to provide a list of available locales. Every locale which is contained in this list must have a locale file in the locales directory with the corresponding language code.

If the browser uses a language which is not available, Cockpit uses the locale which is defined via the fallbackLocale property in the configuration file:

"locales": {
  "availableLocales": ["en", "de"],
  "fallbackLocale": "en"

To create a new localization for Cockpit, copy the provided language file, translate it and save it as new localization file with the corresponding language code. To make the new translation available, add it to the list of available locales in the configuration file.

Custom Scripts

If you want to add your own scripts to the Cockpit application, you should add a customScripts property to the app/cockpit/scripts/config.js file with something like this:

var camCockpitConf = {
  // …
  customScripts: {
    // names of angular modules defined in your custom script files.
    // will be added to the 'cam.cockpit.custom' as dependencies
    ngDeps: ['my.custom.module'],

    // RequireJS modules to load.
    deps: ['custom-ng-module'],

    // RequreJS path definitions
    paths: {
      'custom-ng-module': '../custom-ng-module/script'

This includes a custom-ng-module/script.js file. The path is relative to the app/cockpit folder in the Camunda webapp .war file.

Note: The content of the customScripts property will be treated as a RequireJS configuration except for the nodeIdCompat and skipDataMain which are irrelevant and deps which will be used like:

require(config.deps, callback);

You can find a complete example about how to use customScripts to develop a Cockpit Plugin in the Camunda Platform examples repository.

BPMN Diagram Viewer (bpmn.js)

The diagram viewer (bpmn.js) can be either customized by moddle extensions or additional modules. To extend the BPMN diagram viewer of Cockpit, a bpmnJs property must be added to the app/cockpit/scripts/config.js file.

Additional Modules

To add modules, the additionalModules property needs to be specified, where each module has a unique name (key) and a path (value) to the JavaScript file of the module. The path is relative to the app/cockpit folder in the .war file of the Camunda Webapp. The suffix .js of the file is added automatically and must not be specified.

bpmnJs: {
  additionalModules: {
    myCustomModule: 'my-custom-module/module'

You can find an example on how to add an additional bpmn.js module to Cockpit in the Camunda Platform examples repository.

Moddle Extensions

The BPMN moddle can be extended by adding a moddleExtensions property. Each moddle extension has a unique name (key) and a path (value) to the JSON file of the moddle extension. The path is relative to the app/cockpit folder in the .war file of the Camunda Webapp. The suffix .json of the file is added automatically and must not be specified.

bpmnJs: {
  moddleExtensions: {
    camunda: 'my-custom-moddle/camunda'

skipCustomListeners and skipIoMappings Flags

You can configure the skipCustomListeners and the skipIoMappings flag globally for cockpit by adding a skipCustomListeners or skipIoMappings property in app/cockpit/scripts/config.js:

   window.camCockpitConf = {
     skipCustomListeners: {
       default: true, // default value for skipCustomListeners is true
       hidden: false  // skipCustomListeners checkbox is not hidden
     skipIoMappings: {
       default: true, // default value for skipIoMappings is true
       hidden: false  // skipIoMappings checkbox is not hidden

By default (if not configured), the flag value is true. However, you can set the default value of the flag (true | false) in the default property in the configuration.

Moreover, the checkbox to enable/disable the option is by default not hidden in Cockpit. You can set this behaviour by configuring the property hidden (true | false) in the configuration. If the hidden value is configured to be false, then the checkbox will be hidden everywhere in Cockpit.

Runtime Activity Instance Metrics (Process Definition)

    window.camCockpitConf = {
       runtimeActivityInstanceMetrics: {
          display: true

By default the activity instance statistics are displayed for the runtime view of the process definition. Hence, the default value of the display flag is true. If the statistics shouldn’t be displayed initially process definition runtime view is opened, the display option needs to be set to false. In any case does the toggle button allow to display/remove the statistics on demand.

Historic Activity Instance Metrics

    window.camCockpitConf = {
       historicActivityInstanceMetrics: {
         adjustablePeriod: true,
         //select from the default time period: day, week, month, complete
         period: {
           unit: 'day'

By default, the adjustablePeriod flag value is true. Setting it to false disables the ability in the process definition history view to manually select the time period for which the activity instances are displayed. the unit property of period allows to specify the default timer period for which the activity instance badges are supposed to be shown. Here it is possible to select form the range of values: today, week,month,complete;

Default Filter for the Historic Process Instances Search

    window.camCockpitConf = {
      defaultFilter: {
        historicProcessDefinitionInstancesSearch: {
          lastDays: 5,
          event: 'started'

A default filter can be applied for the historic process instances search on the historic process definition view. Like this, it is possible to reduce the amount of instances which are being retrieved at the same time.

It is configurable, for how many days in the past instances are queried based on the start or the end time of historic process instances.

  • The property lastDays specifies the numeric amount of days in the past based on the current time
  • The property event can be either set to ‘started’ or ‘ended’

Change CSRF Cookie Name

The default name of the CSRF Cookie is XSRF-TOKEN. When using other applications within the same-origin, the CSRF mechanisms could interfere with each other. To avoid the name conflict, you can change the name of the CSRF cookie in the config.js file as follows:

var camCockpitConf = {
  // …
  csrfCookieName: 'MY-XSRF-TOKEN'

Note: Please make sure to change the CSRF cookie name also on server-side.

Disable Welcome Message for new Users

First-time visitors are shown a message directing them to the camunda welcome page. If you do not want this message to be shown, you can disable it by adjusting the config.js as follows:

var camCockpitConf = {
  // …
  disableWelcomeMessage: true

Note: This does only affect the Cockpit login page. For other webapps, you need to adjust the corresponding config file as well.

User Operation Log Annotation Length

The default maximum length of a User Operation Log annotation is 4000 characters. Some databases have smaller limits. You can change the maximum allowed input length in the config.js file as follows:

var camCockpitConf = {
  // …
  userOperationLogAnnotationLength: 4000

Note: This does only affect the Cockpit Operation Log. For the Admin Operation Log, check out the Admin Configuration.

Advanced Styles Customization

In addition to the basic user-styles.css file, you can edit the source style- and layout files using less to change the overall appearance of Cockpit.

If you want to customize the interface with less, you should probably start by having a look at the variables defined in the following files:

  • node_modules/camunda-commons-ui/node_modules/bootstrap/less/variables.less defines the original Bootstrap variables
  • node_modules/camunda-commons-ui/resources/less/cam-variables.less overrides some Bootstrap variables (above) and add some custom ones

Compiling with Grunt

From within the camunda-bpm-webapp directory:

grunt build:Cockpit

The command will build the frontend assets (of Cockpit), styles included.

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