Show Workflow history in Workflow status column in list view

In this post i will show you how to display the workflow history log in the workflow status column instead of just “In Progress” or “Completed”.

The default behavior is like this:

The status is “Completed”, but what did it do? A click on “Completed” brings up the workflow history log:

I think that is to complicated!

How about we display it like this:
Of course it is fully clickable, and takes you right to the good old workflow status page.

Here’s how it’s done

The list:

The workflow:

As always we start like this:
Create a document library to hold your scripts (or a folder on the root created in SharePoint Designer). In this example i have made a document library with a relative URL of “/test/English/Javascript” (a sub site named “test” with a sub site named “English” with a document library named “Javascript”):
The code for the file “WorkflowHistoryInListView.js” is supplied below.

The jQuery-library is found here. The pictures and the sourcecode refers to jquery-1.3.2.min. If you download another version, be sure to update the script reference in the sourcecode.

The scripts “interaction.js” and stringBuffer.js” is created by Erucy and published on codeplex – you can find them here.

Add a CEWP below your ListView like this:

With this code:

<script type="text/javascript" src="/test/English/Javascript/jquery-1.3.2.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="/test/English/Javascript/interaction.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="/test/English/Javascript/stringBuffer.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
   WfListGuid = "{49293528-0c47-4150-b70c-77e876548d12}"; 
<script type="text/javascript" src="/test/English/Javascript/WorkflowHistoryInListView.js"></script>

You could also use WfListGuid = “Workflow History”; for a english language site – but remember that the displayname of your workflow history list will change depending of your site’s language. I personally always use list GUID.

Note! The workflow history list is only present in a site if there is at least one workflow configured. If it’s not present in your site – it will be created with your first workflow. All subsites has it’s own workflow history list.

The list GUID for your Workflow history list is found like this:
Browse to your list by its “displayname” – Workflow History for a english site (it’s hidden from browser’s and do not display in “View all site content”). When in doubt – use SharePoint designer to get the name of your list among the other lists in the “Lists-folder”.

When you have browsed to the list – right click and view source. Search for “listName” and you will find it like this:
ctx.listName = “{49293528-0C47-4150-B70C-77E876548D12}”;

Here’s the sourcecode for the file “WorkflowHistoryInListView.js”:

/* Display the "Workflow History" instead of just "In Progress" or "Completed" in the Workflow-status column
 * ---------------------------------------------
 * Created by Alexander Bautz
 * Version: 1.0
 * LastMod: 01.10.2009
 * ---------------------------------------------

listGuid = ctx.listName; // SharePoint provides this

function WriteLogg(){
if(typeof(wfListObj)=="undefined")wfListObj = getWfLogg(); // If not already createt - build an "object" containing all WF-history for the current list
$('a[href*="WrkStat.aspx"]').each(function(){ // Find all a-tags that have a href containing WfkStat.aspx
		var wfGuidRaw = $(this).attr('href'); // Get the href
		var wfGuid = unescape(wfGuidRaw.substring(wfGuidRaw.lastIndexOf('WorkflowInstanceID=')+19)).toLowerCase(); // Get the GUID of the current WF from the href
		var wfLogg = wfListObj[wfGuid] // Get the actual history from the WF-object by "asking" for the log on this list items GUID
		if(wfLogg!=undefined){ // If the workflow history isn't empty
			wfLogg = wfLogg.split('|').join('<br>'); // Separate the lines		
			$(this).html(wfLogg); // Set the clickable part of the a-tag to the actual history from the log

function getWfLogg(){
wsBaseUrl = L_Menu_BaseUrl + '/_vti_bin/'; // Set the path to the webservice "lists.asmx"
var query = "<Where><Eq><FieldRef Name='List' /><Value Type='Text'>" + listGuid + "</Value></Eq></Where>"; // Get all WF-history for the current list	
	var res = queryItems(WfListGuid,query,['ID','WorkflowInstance','Description']); 
	obj = {};
		if(res.count == -1){
			alert("An error occured in the query:n" + query); // On error
					// Is there history already logged on this GUID?
						// No
						obj[item['WorkflowInstance']] = item['Description']; 
						// Yes - add to it so that all log on current WF-run is displayed together
						obj[item['WorkflowInstance']] = obj[item['WorkflowInstance']] + "|" + item['Description']; 
			return obj;	// Return object containing all WF-history on current list	

// Attaches a call to the function to the "expand grouped elements function" for it to function in grouped listview's
function ExpGroupRenderData(htmlToRender, groupName, isLoaded){
	var tbody=document.getElementById("tbod"+groupName+"_");
	var wrapDiv=document.createElement("DIV");
	wrapDiv.innerHTML="<TABLE><TBODY id="tbod"+groupName+"_" isLoaded=""+isLoaded+"">"+htmlToRender+"</TBODY></TABLE>";
WriteLogg(); // Call the script - the rest of the function "ExpGroupRenderData" is a unmodified SharePoint function from the file "BFORM.JS"

That’s it!

Feel free to ask if something is unclear.

5 thoughts on “Show Workflow history in Workflow status column in list view”

  1. Hi,
    I just can’t extract the interaction.js and stringBuffer.js scripts from the word-file. Can I find these files somewhere else or could you send me an email with these two files?

    Thanks in appreciation.

    1. Hi,
      The script is in another file, the codeplex site has been rearranged and the default download is the documentation.

      Click “View all downloads” and select the file “”.


  2. Hi,
    I tried you solution and I didn’t got a result. I’m using 3 workflows on My List and I have a several content types. So I don’t know if this can work with my custom list or not.
    When I tried to debug the code “WorkflowHistoryListVeiw.js” I always get res.count=0; so it will never work, however I have many items on the Workflow History” list. Please can you help me; and what’s function can I call to make it working.
    Alot of thanks.

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