TIBCO Custom Palette and Custom Activity Tutorial

By | December 1, 2014

TIBCO provides a large number of activities grouped into different palettes which can be used to design BW processes to achieve certain business functions. TIBCO also enables users to create their own custom activities which refer to some business process which has underlying implementation for the custom activity. Custom activity once created can be added to a Custom Palette and then It can be used in any process in the same way as other typical activities are used.

In this Step by Step TIBCO Tutorial, I will explain how to create custom activity in TIBCO BW and then add this activity to a Custom Palette and use it in any process.

Step 1: Create a Process implementation of Custom Activity

In order to create a custom activity, first we need to create a process that implements functionality of the Custom Activity. Once the implementation of this process will be done and It will be incorporated in the custom activity, Its implementation will be hidden (encapsulated).

I am creating a simple process with the name Check Eligibility which will take PlayerName as an input and will return Status as an output.  For simplicity, I am not going to put much logic inside this process and will return Status just by comparing the name of player with a Global Variable Value as shown below:

tibco custom activity implementation


Step 2: Create Custom Activity and Add it to Custom Palette

Custom Activity can be added to TIBCO Designer Project by dragging Custom Activity resource from General Activities Palette.

In the Configuration of Custom Activity, give it some name and also browse and choose the process that we implemented in previous step. You can even choose a gif image as custom icon of your custom activity.

custom activity configuration tibco


Step 3: Use Custom Palette activity in a Process

In this step, we will first Add a New Custom Palette and then drag our custom activity in this palette and then will use the activity in implementation of a test process.

To Add a Custom Palette, go to Palettes–>My Palettes–>New Palette option. Give some name to this palette. I named it as Player in this example.

Now you will see My Palettes tab under Palettes tab. Go to this tab and then drag your custom activity in the Palette. As you can see below, custom activity has been added to the Palette:

tibco my palette custom activity

Step 4: Test Custom Palette Custom Activity in Designer Tester

Now we have successfully implemented a new Custom Activity and have added to a custom Palette, we can proceed with testing it in a test process.

Create a Test Process in which drag this Get Player Status Custom Activity and give it some PlayerName as input as shown below:

custom activity input example


Now if you run this process in designer tester, you will get Status as Eligible as output of custom activity as PlayerName matches the Global Variable value. (If you give any other input, you will get the Status as Not Eligible).

tester custom activity output

This completes my tutorial on TIBCO Custom Activity and Custom Palette. Feel free to contact for any further queries or help. Thanks


Ajmal Abbasi

Ajmal Hussain Abbasi is Integration Consultant By Profession with more than 7 years experience in TIBCO products. He has extensive practical knowledge of TIBCO Business Works, TIBCO Spotfire, TIBCO BE, EMS and TIBCO ActiveSpaces. He has worked on a number of highly critical integration projects in Telecom sector by using his skills in Tibco Designer, Adapters, TIBCO EMS, RV, Administrator, TIBCO BE, TIBCO ActiveSpaces etc.
Ajmal Abbasi is also experienced in developing solutions using Oracle PL/Sql, Linux and Java.
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7 thoughts on “TIBCO Custom Palette and Custom Activity Tutorial

  1. Rahul

    Hi Sir,

    Please help us in understanding the following in .tra file

    1) tibco.env.HEAP_SIZE
    2) java.extended.properties
    3) java.heap.size.max

    Thanks in advance

  2. nikhil dash

    Hi Ajmal,

    I have tested all the steps . Everything working as expected thanks . One query I got the picture of custom I selected in my pallet tab . But when I am dragging to the main section that image not coming .

  3. Pooja Kamble

    Hi Ajmal,

    I had worked on TIBCO BW 5.x for few years and now I am switching to BW6.
    Your tutorial videos have been a great help in learning BW5.Please let me know if you have the same tutorials for BW6 as well. Looking forward for your reply.


  4. Abhijit

    How to include this palette in designer installed on other machines?


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