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Version: 1.14

What is FEEL?

FEEL (Friendly Enough Expression Language) is a part of the DMN specification of the OMG. It is designed to write expressions for decision tables and literal expressions in a simple way what can easily understand by business professionals and developers.

Unary-Tests vs. Expressions

FEEL has two types of expressions for different use cases.


A unary-tests expression is a special kind of boolean expression. It should be used for the input entries of a decision table (i.e. the conditions of a rule).

< 7                                                 
// checks if the input value is less than 7

// checks if the input value is neither 2 nor 4

// checks if the input value is between '2015-09-17' and '2015-09-19'

<= duration("P1D")
// checks if the input value is less than or equal to one day

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General expressions that can return values of different types. They can be used everywhere, for example, in a decision table as input expression or as output entry.

applicant.monthly.income * 12                                           

if applicant.maritalStatus in ("M","S") then "valid" else "not valid"

sum( [applicant.monthly.repayments, applicant.monthly.expenses] )

sum( credit_history[record_date > date("2011-01-01")].weight )

some ch in credit_history satisfies ch.event = "bankruptcy"

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