Bonita Open Solution

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Bonita Open Solution
Developer(s) BonitaSoft
Initial release October 31, 2003 (2003-10-31)[1]
Stable release

2022.2  (October 3, 2022; 4 months ago (2022-10-03))

Preview release 2021.2 Beta  (July 22, 2021; 18 months ago (2021-07-22)) [±]
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Multi-lingual
Type Business process management software
License(s) GNU General Public License v2

Bonita Open Solution is free open-source business process management (BPM) software that combines process modeling and a workflow engine in a specially designed user interface.

Product history

The Bonita project started in 2001 at INRIA Labs, a French national research institution focusing on computer science, control theory, and applied mathematics.[2][3] An ObjectWeb project was started for the software (simply known as "Bonita") on February 14, 2003[4] and the first beta of the software was publicly released later in the month.[1] The first stable release of the software (v 1.0) arrived October 31 as a JOnAS release, with a Windows executable version becoming available November 20.[1]

Steady work continued on the project, with a version 2.0 arriving on June 19, 2006 and version 4.0 on October 1, 2008 (released as Nova Bonita).[1] In June 2009, several of the original developers of the software began an initiative to develop Bonita outside of the confines of ObjectWeb, starting the business BonitaSoft and raising over €2 million in venture capital.[5] On October 23, 2009, information was released that with the upcoming version 5.0 release the name of the product would change to "Bonita Open Solution" (BOS)[6], a name that has remained since.

Starting in 2021, the developers changed the version numbering from 7.x (semantic) to 2021.x (calendar).[7]


Features of the open-source version of Bonita Open Solution include[8]:

  • process modeling and versioning
  • simulation support
  • support for import, export, and external connections
  • decision tables
  • data management editor
  • debugger
  • business application generation
  • user management

Hardware/software requirements

Installation requirements for Bonita Open Solution include:

  • OpenJDK JDK 6 or greater, or Sun Java JDK 6.0 or greater

Refer to the documentation for more information.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

  • Several demo videos of Bonita Open Solution can be found on YouTube.
  • Over 70 different screenshots of Bonita Open Solution can be found on Softpedia.

Training resources

Entities using Bonita Open Solution

Entities utilizing Bonita Open Solution include[9]:

Accenture, APEC, Atmel, Avisor, B-process, Bouygues, Caris, ComOps, Comviva, Conseil Général de Gironde, DirecTV, EFG Bank, Hotela, Imbera Servicios, Intesa Sanpaolo, Konica Minolta, La Redoute, Neuros, Old Dominion University, Orange, Pharmagest, Société Générale, Solvay, Sonaca, Sopra Group, Teach for America, The University of Sydney, Trane SAS, Treelogic, Vetoquinol, VIS Insurance Ltd, Xerox

Further reading

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "OW2 Forge: News". OW2 Consortium. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  2. Schestowitz, Roy (31 March 2010). "News - More Free Software Events, Releases". Roy Schestowitz. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  3. "Bonita : A Flexible Workflow Management System". INRIA. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  4. "OW2 Forge: Project Info - Bonita". OW2 Consortium. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  5. Rafal, Olivier (18 September 2009). "BonitaSoft lève 2 millions d'euros pour son BPM Open Source". Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  6. Valdes Faura, Miguel (23 October 2009). "Bonita Open Solution v5 (preview)". OW2 Consortium. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  7. delphine.coille_1353541 (14 January 2021). "Bye Bonita 7.12. Hay Bonita 2021.1!". Bonitasoft Blog. Retrieved 30 January 2021. 
  8. "Product Comparison". BonitaSoft. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  9. "Customer References". BonitaSoft. Retrieved 11 December 2012.