A List is converted to an array of Maps in a User Task if multiple forms are used in BPM Suite 6.4

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  • Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite (BPMS) 6.4.x


java.lang.ClassCastException: [Ljava.util.Map; cannot be cast to java.util.List exception is thrown by trying to print out a List variable in a Script Task after exiting a User Task node as follows:

The process definition above contains a List variable named list. In ScriptTask1 node the list variable is populated, then new items are added to the list in UserTask node (user task makes use of a multiple form to achieve it). Finally in last ScriptTask2 node the list variable should be printed out, but the error is thrown.


A workaround would be to cast variable for an array of Maps as follows:

 java.util.Map[] objects = (java.util.Map[]) kcontext.getVariable("list");

 if (objects != null && objects.length > 0) {

    for(int i = 0; i < objects.length; i++){



Also, note that the variable is retrieved by using kcontext instance.

Root Cause

Multiple form is converting from a List to an array of Map types. The issue has been reported in RHBPMS-4675 and should be fixed in a future release.

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