Resolve "Missing Core Actions" Issue In Nintex Workflow 2016

SharePoint 2016 general availability had been announced in the Future Of SharePoint conference in May 2016. The series that discusses the installation of SharePoint 2016 in Azure can be found at C# Corner from the below links,

Nintex is a premium technology partner for SharePoint. Nintex workflows are quite mature, stable, and provide a lot of workflow actions that can be used to build complex workflow logic. With the announcement of SharePoint 2016, Nintex has made the announcement of the general availability of Nintex Workflow 2016 on July 11 2016. You can find how to integrate Nintex Workflow 2016 with SharePoint 2016, here.

Once Nintex is installed, we can create Nintex workflow by going to the library settings and selecting ‘Create a Workflow in Nintex Workflow’.

This would open up the Workflow Designer where we can create the workflow by dragging and dropping the workflow actions, that would make up the workflow logic. However, when the workflow is set up for the first time, there may be a situation where the workflow actions are not available in the designer. When the workflow designer opens up, it shows the following message -

“No core actions are available. Contact your administrator to enable actions”

This is because Nintex workflow installation requires setting up some configurations in the Central Administration of SharePoint 2016.

In order to solve this issue, go to Central Administration page of the SharePoint Server and select ‘Nintex Administration’.

This page contains all the configuration settings related to Nintex Workflow 2016.

From Workflow environment, select ‘Action Settings’.

This page displays all the Core and Connector actions that will appear throughout the farm in the workflow designer. The Core actions appear to be un-selected. This page can also be used to block specific actions from appearing in the workflow designer. In our case, all of the actions seem to be unchecked, which is preventing them from appearing in the workflow designer.

Select all the core actions that are listed in the Action Settings page.

To the bottom of the page, connectors’ selections are also available. Select all of them.

Click on ‘OK’. Now, head over to the Nintex Workflow designer and refresh the page. The custom actions have become available in the designer, in the left pane. It lists all the Core and Connector actions that are used for defining the logic of Workflow.

We can drag and drop the actions from the left actions pane on to the workflow designer and create the workflow logic as per the requirement.

We can also right click on the designer and select the Core or Connector actions which will add the corresponding actions on to the workflow designer.


Thus, we have seen how to resolve the "Missing Core and Connector actions" issue in Nintex Workflow 2016. We will see more of Nintex Workflow in action, in the upcoming articles.

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