You set the attribute for a user interaction to set how long the workflow waits for a user to respond to a user interaction.

You set an absolute time and date in the Date object. When the time on the given date arrives, the workflow that is waiting for a user interaction times out and ends in the Failed state. For example, you can set the user interaction to timeout at midday on February 12th. To calculate a timeout that is relative to the current time and date, see Calculate a Relative Timeout for User Interactions.

Open a workflow for editing in the workflow editor.

Add a user interaction element to the workflow schema.

Set the attribute for the user interaction.


Click the User Interaction element in the workflow schema.


Click the Attributes tab for the user interaction.


Click Not set for the source parameter to set the timeout parameter value.


(Optional) Select NULL to allow the user interaction to set the workflow to wait indefinitely for the user to respond to the user interaction.


Click Create parameter/attribute in workflow to set the workflow to fail after a timeout period.

The Parameter information dialog box opens.


Name the parameter.


Select Create workflow ATTRIBUTE with the same name to create a Date attribute in the workflow.


Click Not set for the parameter Value.


Use the calendar to select an absolute date and time until which the workflow waits for the user to respond.


Click OK to close the calendar.


Click OK to close the Parameter information dialog box.

You set the attribute to an absolute date. The workflow times out if the user does not respond to the user interaction before this time and date.

Define the external input parameters that the user interaction requires from the user. See Define the External Inputs for a User Interaction.