Update from 7.16 to 7.17

This document guides you through the update from Camunda 7 7.16.x to 7.17.0 and covers the following use cases:

  1. For administrators and developers: Database updates
  2. For administrators and developers: Full distribution update
  3. For administrators: Standalone web application
  4. For administrators and developers: Task Worker Metrics
  5. For administrators and operation engineers: New System Permissions
  6. For developers: Spin configuration options
  7. For developers: Extended Camunda Run CORS configuration properties
  8. For administrators and developers: Improved Camunda Run library support
  9. For administrators and developers: Changed Camunda Run start script behavior
  10. For developers: Disabled remote access to H2 console
  11. For administrators and developers: H2 version update
  12. For developers: Official support for JUnit 5 community extension
  13. For developers: Changes to Camunda 7 Assert

This guide covers mandatory migration steps as well as optional considerations for the initial configuration of new functionality included in Camunda 7.17.

Database updates

Every Camunda installation requires a database schema update. Check our database schema update guide for further instructions.

Full distribution

This section is applicable if you installed the Full Distribution with a shared process engine.

The following steps are required:

  1. Update the Camunda libraries and applications inside the application server.
  2. Migrate custom process applications.

Before starting, ensure you have downloaded the Camunda 7.17 distribution for the application server you use. This contains the SQL scripts and libraries required for the update. This guide assumes you have unpacked the distribution to a path named $DISTRIBUTION_PATH.

Camunda libraries and applications

Choose the application server you are working with from the following list:

Custom process applications

For every process application, the Camunda dependencies should be updated to the new version. Which dependencies you have is application- and server-specific. Typically, the dependencies consist of any of the following:

  • camunda-engine-spring
  • camunda-engine-cdi
  • camunda-ejb-client

There are no new mandatory dependencies for process applications.

Standalone web application

If you use a standalone web application, replace the current .war artifact by its new version. Take the following steps to complete the update:

  1. Undeploy the current version of the standalone web application.
  2. Update the database to the new schema as described in the database update section.
  3. Configure the database as described in the installation section.
  4. Deploy the new and configured standalone web application to the server.

Task worker metrics

Starting from version 7.17, the task worker metrics are displayed by default. If this causes slow page loading, you can turn it off in the admin webapp configuration.

System permissions

Camunda 7.17 introduces a new set of permissions which grant operation engineers access to system properties and data without the need for administrator privileges.

For more details, including a full list of features and their required permissions, visit our authorization documentation page.

Spin configuration options

Version 7.17 features new configuration properties for the Spin DomXmlDataFormat module. The DomXmlDataFormat configuration properties provide options to toggle External XML Entity (XXE) processing, as well as secure processing for the Spin XML parser.

By default, we disabled XXE processing and enabled secure processing of XML documents to protect the Spin XML parser against XXE attacks and Billion laughs attacks.

You can restore the old behavior by passing the appropriate configuration properties to the Spin process engine plugin.

Extended Camunda Run CORS configuration properties

Version 7.17 of the Camunda Run distribution brings new CORS configuration properties. There are no changes in the existing CORS behavior. The new CORS configuration properties rather allow you to set additional parameters on the CORS filter like credentials support.

Improved Camunda Run library support

Improved LDAP support

Previous versions of the Camunda Run distribution already supported the Camunda LDAP identity service plugin. With this version, we made it easier to configure and use Camunda Run with the LDAP plugin with the following additions:

The Administrator Authorization plugin is now available within Camunda Run by default. With the Administrator Authorization plugin, you can configure which LDAP user group gains administrative access to configure additional authorizations.

The Administrator Authorization plugin configuration properties are integrated with Camunda Run. You can find them in the LDAP Adminstrator Authorization section of the Camunda Run documentation. You can also find a template LDAP configuration in the Camunda Run production.yml.

Groovy scripting engine included

The Camunda Run distribution now ships with the Groovy scripting engine as well, in the form of the groovy-all-2.4.13.jar located in the {RUN_HOME}/configuration/userlib/ directory. Users that utilize Groovy scripts in their BPMN processes don’t need to provide a Groovy binary when upgrading to a new Camunda Run version anymore.

Users that don’t use Groovy can just remove the groovy-all-2.4.13.jar archive from the {RUN_HOME}/configuration/userlib/ directory.

Camunda Connect plugin included

With Camunda Run 7.17.0, the Camunda Connect process engine plugin is available in Camunda Run just like with any other Camunda distro. Users that use connectors in their BPMN processes don’t need to provide any additional binary when upgrading to a new Camunda Run version anymore.

Changed Camunda Run start script behavior

Camunda Run starts with the provided start.sh or start.bat scripts. When you execute one of these scripts, Camunda Run starts and outputs logs to the command line.

With version 7.17, we made a small change to the behavior of these start scripts. If you don’t provide any additional arguments to the start script, it will start Camunda Run as a detached process. You can then use the new shutdown.sh or shutdown.bat script to stop Camunda Run.

If you want to have the old start script behavior, pass the desired start script arguments directly to the script.

Disabled remote access to H2 console

The Camunda 7.17.0 release deactivates remote access to the H2 console application in the Tomcat and Wildfly distributions. The H2 application accepts only localhost connections moving forward.

To restore remote access, add the following initialization parameter to the org.h2.server.web.WebServlet servlet defined in the web.xml file of the h2 web application:


You can find the web.xml in the following paths:

  • Tomcat distribution: server/apache-tomcat-${TOMCAT_VERSION}/webapps/h2/WEB-INF
  • Wildfly distribution: server/wildfly-${WILDFLY_VERSION}/standalone/deployments/camunda-h2-webapp-${CAMUNDA_VERSION}.war/WEB-INF
  • Docker container Tomcat: /camunda/webapps/h2/WEB-INF
  • Docker container Wildfly: /camunda/standalone/deployments/camunda-h2-webapp-${CAMUNDA_VERSION}.war/WEB-INF

Please note that we strongly discourage enabling remote access because it creates a security risk.

H2 version update

Camunda 7.17.0 supports H2 version 2.0 and drops support for H2 version 1.4. Note that these two H2 releases are not compatible with each other, which means:

  • The H2 library in version 2.0 cannot work with persisted databases created by H2 version 1.4.
  • Camunda 7.17 cannot work with H2 1.4.
  • Camunda 7 versions 7.16 and lower cannot work with H2 2.0.

When using Camunda with a file-persisted H2 database, this implies:

  • The H2 database must be migrated from version 1.4 to 2.0.
  • It is not possible to perform a rolling update from Camunda 7.16 to 7.17.

To migrate from 7.16 to 7.17, and from H2 1.4 to 2.0, follow these steps:

  1. Shut down Camunda 7.16.
  2. Export the file-persisted H2 database by running the following SQL command: SCRIPT TO '<path>' CHARSET 'UTF-8' where you substitute <path> with a path to a file on your system (for example, by using the H2 web console of H2 version 1.4)
  3. Delete the H2 database file.
  4. Create a new H2 database file with H2 2.0 and re-import the data with the following SQL command: RUNSCRIPT FROM '<path>' CHARSET 'UTF-8' (for example, by using the H2 web console of H2 version 2.0).
  5. Migrate the Camunda application and start Camunda 7.17.

In addition, with this release the process engine no longer supports the jdbcStatementTimeout configuration setting for H2 databases.

Also see the migration instructions provided by the h2 project.

Official support for JUnit 5 community extension

Camunda took over the development of a JUnit 5 extension which was maintained by the community in the Camunda Community Hub. The source code is is now located in the Camunda 7 repository. The extension allows users to access the process engine and its API in JUnit 5 tests. Documentation on how to use the extension was migrated to the Testing documentation in the Camunda 7 docs.

Versioning of the JUnit 5 extension

From now on the JUnit 5 extension will be released together with the Camunda 7. This also means they will share the same version (e.g. 7.17.0, 7.17.1, etc.).

JUnit 5 Maven coordinates

When migrating to the new version of the JUnit 5 extension, make sure to update the maven coordinates of the dependency. The group id changed from <groupId>org.camunda.bpm.extension</groupId> to <groupId>org.camunda.bpm</groupId> and the versioning schema is now tied to Camunda 7. The first release of the new JUnit 5 extension will have the version 7.17.0.


Changes to Camunda 7 Assert

The source code of Camunda 7 Assert has moved from its previous location into the Camunda 7 repository.

Moving the project has several implications:

  • Camunda 7 Assert version is now tied to the Camunda 7 release.
  • The Maven group id for Camunda 7 Assert changed.
  • Camunda 7 Assert uses AssertJ under the hood. The version of AssertJ is tied to the version that the latest version of Spring Boot currently supported by Camunda 7 uses. Find details on supported AssertJ versions in the version compatibility table in the testing documentation.

Versioning of Camunda 7 Assert

From now on Camunda 7 Assert will be released together with the Camunda 7. This also means they will share the same version (e.g. 7.17.0, 7.17.1, etc.).

Camunda 7 Assert Maven coordinates

When updating to the 7.17.0 (or higher) releases of Assert, make sure to update the Maven coordinates of the dependency. The group id changed from <groupId>org.camunda.bpm.assert</groupId> to <groupId>org.camunda.bpm</groupId>. Here is the Maven dependency for Assert in version 7.17.0:


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