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Code Fix: An error occurs when deploying a workflow with a SmartObject step using an advanced SmartObject


Issue Description

A workflow deployment error occurs when a parameter on a list method is used as an input on a SmartObject step and a property from that list method is used from the context browser on another workflow step.

Error Message

The following error occurs: “One of the properties in the activity: “[activity name]” located in the event “[event name]” is pointing to an external reference that does not exist”.


  1. Ensure you have K2 Five (5.1) installed.
  2. Download the K2 Five (5.1) FP14 from K2 Partner and Customer Portal.
  3. Install the K2 Five (5.1) FP14 to apply the fix.


  1. You need to clear the browser cache.
  2. Click on the workflow step which caused the deployment to fail. Ensure the load completes.
  3. Deploy the workflow.