Test an Amazon Bedrock agent - Amazon Bedrock

Test an Amazon Bedrock agent

After you create an agent, you will have a working draft. The working draft is a version of the agent that you can use to iteratively build the agent. Each time you make changes to your agent, the working draft is updated. When you're satisfied with your agent's configurations, you can create a version, which is a snapshot of your agent, and an alias, which points to the version. You can then deploy your agent to your applications by calling the alias. For more information, see Deploy an Amazon Bedrock agent.

The following list describes how you test your agent:

  • In the Amazon Bedrock console, you open up the test window on the side and send input for your agent to respond to. You can select the working draft or a version that you've created.

  • In the API, the working draft is the DRAFT version. You send input to your agent by using InvokeAgent with the test alias, TSTALIASID, or a different alias pointing to a static version.

To help troubleshoot your agent's behavior, Agents for Amazon Bedrock provides the ability to view the trace during a session with your agent. The trace shows the agent's step-by-step reasoning process. For more information about the trace, see Trace events in Amazon Bedrock.

Following are steps for testing your agent. Select the tab corresponding to your method of choice and follow the steps.

Console
To test an agent
  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console, and open the Amazon Bedrock console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/bedrock/.

  2. Select Agents from the left navigation pane. Then, choose an agent in the Agents section.

  3. In the Agents section, select the link for the agent that you want to test from the list of agents.

  4. The Test window appears in a pane on the right.

    Note

    If the Test window is closed, you can reopen it by selecting Test at the top of the agent details page or any page within it.

  5. After you create an agent, you must package it with the working draft changes by preparing it in one of the following ways:

    • In the Test window, select Prepare.

    • In the Working draft page, select Prepare at the top of the page.

    Note

    Every time you update the working draft, you must prepare the agent to package the agent with your latest changes. As a best practice, we recommend that you always check your agent's Last prepared time in the Agent overview section of the Working draft page to verify that you're testing your agent with the latest configurations.

  6. To choose an alias and associated version to test, use the dropdown menu at the top of the Test window. By default, the TestAlias: Working draft combination is selected.

  7. (Optional) To select Provisioned Throughput for your alias, the text below the test alias you selected will indicate Using ODT or Using PT. To create a Provisioned Throughput model, select Change. For more information, see Provisioned Throughput for Amazon Bedrock.

  8. To test the agent, enter a message and choose Run. While you wait for the response to generate or after it is generated, you have the following options:

    • To view details for each step of the agent's orchestration process, including the prompt, inference configurations, and agent's reasoning process for each step and usage of its action groups and knowledge bases, select Show trace. The trace is updated in real-time so you can view it before the response is returned. To expand or collapse the trace for a step, select an arrow next to a step. For more information about the Trace window and details that appear, see Trace events in Amazon Bedrock.

    • If the agent invokes a knowledge base, the response contains footnotes. To view the link to the S3 object containing the cited information for a specific part of the response, select the relevant footnote.

    • If you set your agent to return control rather than using a Lambda function to handle the action group, the response contains the predicted action and its parameters. Provide an example output value from the API or function for the action and then choose Submit to generate an agent response. See the following image for an example:

      Test window request to provide an example output for the action.

    You can perform the following actions in the Test window:

    • To start a new conversation with the agent, select the refresh icon.

    • To view the Trace window, select the expand icon. To close the Trace window, select the shrink icon.

    • To close the Test window, select the right arrow icon.

You can enable or disable action groups and knowledge bases. Use this feature to troubleshoot your agent by isolating which action groups or knowledge bases need to be updated by assessing its behavior with different settings.

To enable an action group or knowledge base
  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console, and open the Amazon Bedrock console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/bedrock/.

  2. Select Agents from the left navigation pane. Then, choose an agent in the Agents section.

  3. In the Agents section. select the link for the agent that you want to test from the list of agents.

  4. On the agent's details page, in the Working draft section, select the link for the Working draft.

  5. In the Action groups or Knowledge bases section, hover over the State of the action group or knowledge base whose state you want to change.

  6. An edit button appears. Select the edit icon and then choose from the dropdown menu whether the action group or knowledge base is Enabled or Disabled.

  7. If an action group is Disabled, the agent doesn't use the action group. If a knowledge base is Disabled, the agent doesn't use the knowledge base. Enable or disable action groups or knowledge bases and then use the Test window to troubleshoot your agent.

  8. Choose Prepare to apply the changes that you have made to the agent before testing it.

API

Before you test your agent for the first time, you must package it with the working draft changes by sending a PrepareAgent request (see link for request and response formats and field details) with an Agents for Amazon Bedrock build-time endpoint. Include the agentId in the request. The changes apply to the DRAFT version, which the TSTALIASID alias points to.

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Note

Every time you update the working draft, you must prepare the agent to package the agent with your latest changes. As a best practice, we recommend that you send a GetAgent request (see link for request and response formats and field details) with a Agents for Amazon Bedrock build-time endpoint and check the preparedAt time for your agent to verify that you're testing your agent with the latest configurations.

To test your agent, send an InvokeAgent request (see link for request and response formats and field details) with an Agents for Amazon Bedrock runtime endpoint.

Note

The AWS CLI doesn't support InvokeAgent.

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The following fields exist in the request:

  • Minimally, provide the following required fields:

    Field Short description
    agentId ID of the agent
    agentAliasId ID of the alias. Use TSTALIASID to invoke the DRAFT version
    sessionId Alphanumeric ID for the session (2–100 characters)
    inputText The user prompt to send to the agent
  • The following fields are optional:

    Field Short description
    enableTrace Specify TRUE to view the trace.
    endSession Specify TRUE to end the session with the agent after this request.
    sessionState Includes context that influences the agent's behavior. For more information, see Control session context.

The response is returned in an event stream. Each event contains a chunk, which contains part of the response in the bytes field, which must be decoded. If the agent queried a knowledge base, the chunk also includes citations. The following objects may also be returned:

  • If you enabled a trace, a trace object is also returned. If an error occurs, a field is returned with the error message. For more information about how to read the trace, see Trace events in Amazon Bedrock.