Four steps to author BPMN and DMN assets on

In early 2021, eclipse-theia, an open, flexible, and extensible cloud & desktop IDE platform, integrated support of VS Code custom editors API. It means that users would be able to run our extensions on this platform as well.

Since then, we have been looking forward to seeing this feature enabled in For those not familiar with, it basically provides a fully online development environment for you to work in your code on top of eclipse-theia. Learn more here about Gitpod and here about all its features.

Online development environments are a recent trend in the industry and can potentially be a game-changer for developers. And you can leverage that to develop your Business Automation assets. Check out how to do that!

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1-) Access your code

The first step is to go to your repository. Gitpod supports GitHub, GitLab and BitBucket. It gives you the flexibility to host your project wherever you want.

In this post, I’ll be using, which contains a maven project created from the Kogito Archetype.

GitHub repository example.

2-) Start

The second step is to add as prefix to your repository URL and simply open it.

In my case, I’m accessing

The first time you access Gitpod, you’ll be asked to log in with GitHub, GitLab, or BitBucket. After doing so, Gitpod will automatically create a workspace for you and open your repository in the IDE.

Starting up your workspace on

You can also install the Gitpod Chrome extension which will basically do Step 2 for you with a click of a button. Once you install the extension, the button will be available in your repository.

Gitpod Chrome extension adds a button in your repository.

3-) Install Red Hat Business Automation Bundle

The third step is to install our extensions as you would normally do on VS Code. To do so, go to the Extensions menu in your newly created workspace and search for “Red Hat Business Automation Bundle”. This will automatically install our BPMN and DMN extensions.

Installing the Red Hat Business Automation Bundle.

4-) Visualize and author your BPMN and DMN assets

Now you are ready to visualize and author your BPMN and DMN assets!

Visualizing and authoring BPMN and DMN assets.


You can also leverage the workspace capabilities by triggering a build of your project in order to be confident that new changes are correct. To do so, simply use the provided terminal as you would use in VS Code.

Since my repository has a maven project, I can run mvn clean install, which builds the project and runs the tests.

Project built within Gitpod using the terminal.

I can also start up Quarkus in development mode. To do so, I can run mvn clean package quarkus:dev -DskipTests on the terminal. Then, I can access the SwaggerUI to test my model. Remember, I didn’t install anything on my machine as all those things are in the cloud! Awesome, am I right?

Starting up Quarkus in development mode and accessing the SwaggerUI.

You can even set the service to be publicly available and share the SwaggerUI URL for others to try!

And that’s all for today. Thanks for reading! 😃

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