Supported Applications

Geocortex workflows run in host applications. You can use the following types of applications to host workflows:

The server on which Geocortex Workflow is installed, and on which your workflows are saved, must be accessible to your end users.

Supported Browsers


To run workflows, the browser should meet the host application's browser requirements:

Geocortex Workflow Designer

Geocortex Workflow Designer runs in a desktop environment. We support the following browsers:

Cookie Requirements

Geocortex Workflow does not use cookies.

Supported Versions of Portal for ArcGIS

Geocortex Workflow works with Portal for ArcGIS 10.5+.

You can use Portal for ArcGIS 10.5 to access Workflow Designer and store workflows. However, you cannot host workflows in Web AppBuilder in Portal for ArcGIS 10.5 apps, because version 10.5 did not support custom widgets. Support for custom widgets started in version 10.5.1.

If Portal for ArcGIS is secured using Windows Integrated Security and anonymous access to the portal is disabled in IIS, you must install the Geocortex Web Adaptor Extensions to allow Geocortex Workflow to communicate with Portal for ArcGIS.

Requirements for On-Premises Workflow

Hardware Requirements for On-Premises Workflow Servers

A faster CPU and more memory improve the performance of Geocortex Workflow Server. We recommend that your server surpass the minimum requirements.

Minimum Hardware Requirements for an On-Premises Geocortex Workflow Server

Hardware Component



Random Access Memory (RAM)

4 GB

8 GB or higher

Storage Drive (HDD, SSD)

1 GB

5 GB or higher


2-core processor, 2 GHz, x64

4-core processor, 2 GHz or higher, x64

Operating System Requirements for On-Premises Workflow Servers

On-premises Workflow servers require Windows Server 2012 or newer.

You can use a recent desktop version of Windows, such as Windows 10 or 8.1, for development and basic testing. However, they are not recommended for use in a production environment.

Web Server Requirements for On-Premises Workflow Servers

On-premises Workflow servers require Internet Information Services (IIS). The Post Installer enables IIS by enabling the Web Server role, along with the Application Initialization, ASP.NET 4.5, Windows Authentication, and WebSocket Protocol service roles and all of their service role dependencies.

If you uninstall on-premises Workflow, all the previously enabled IIS features remain enabled.

Security Requirements for On-Premises Workflow Servers

The Workflow server must have a valid SSL certificate and you must enable SSL for the website that you deploy Workflow to. See How to Set up SSL on IIS 7 for information.

.NET Requirements and Specifications for On-Premises Workflow Servers

  • Prior to installing Geocortex Workflow, you must install .NET Framework 4.6.1 or later.
  • .NET Core is included in the Geocortex Workflow installer. You do not need to install this separately.
  • .NET Requirements and Specifications for an On-Premises Geocortex Workflow Server

    .NET Component


    Installation Details

    .NET Framework

    4.6.1 or later

    You must install this prior to installing Workflow

    .NET Core

    Geocortex Workflow Server requires the specific version of .NET Core that is included in the Workflow installer.

    Do not uninstall this version or install a later version.

    Installed with Workflow

    Port Requirements

    On-premises Workflow does not expose any ports, so you do not need to adjust your firewall settings. Geocortex Workflow (including Designer) relies on the ports that IIS uses (ports 80 and 443 by default).

    Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) Requirements

    By default, ArcGIS portals (including ArcGIS Online) allow cross-domain requests using CORS. If you configure the Organization | Settings | Security | Allow Origins setting in the portal that you use with Geocortex Workflow, then you must add Geocortex Workflow as an allowed origin.

    The origin to allow depends on your deployment:

    ArcGIS Identity

    You require an ArcGIS Identity to create and share Geocortex workflows.


    Geocortex Licensing

    Geocortex Workflow is licensed software. If you do not have a valid license, your workflows will show a licensing message when they run.

    Geocortex Workflow licensing message, shown in a Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS app

    Licensing is based on the number of ArcGIS identities (named users for ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS) that your organization has.

    Geocortex Workflow is available by subscription or as a perpetual license:

    Geocortex Workflow is also available as a free 60-day trial with full functionality for evaluation purposes.

    To obtain a license, contact Customer Service at

    Esri Licensing

    Geocortex Workflow is designed to consume and display content from a variety of Esri software. The Esri licenses required to author and publish content are available from your Esri distributor.

    Geocortex Workflow uses the modern ArcGIS pattern and ArcGIS identities to author and run workflows. You must have at least a Creator user type (formerly, a Level 2 user) to create workflows. An Esri portal (ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS Enterprise) and ArcGIS identities are available from your Esri distributor.

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