Amazon EventBridge Event Bus - Amazon EventBridge

Amazon EventBridge Event Bus

An event bus is a router that receives events and delivers them to zero or more destinations, or targets. Event buses are well-suited for routing events from many sources to many targets, with optional transformation of events prior to delivery to a target.

Sources send events to an EventBridge event bus, which then routes them to the appropriate targets.

Rules associated with the event bus evaluate events as they arrive. Each rule checks whether an event matches the rule's pattern. If the event does match, EventBridge sends the event

You associate a rule with a specific event bus, so the rule only applies to events received by that event bus.


You can also process events using EventBridge Pipes. EventBridge Pipes is intended for point-to-point integrations; each pipe receives events from a single source for processing and delivery to a single target. Pipes also include support for advanced transformations and enrichment of events prior to delivery to a target. For more information, see Amazon EventBridge Pipes.

How event buses work

Event buses enable you to route events from multiple sources to multiple destinations, or targets.

At a high level, here's how it works:

  1. An event source, which can be an AWS service, your own custom application, or a SaaS provider, sends an event to an event bus.

  2. EventBridge then evaluates the event against each rule defined for that event bus.

    For each event that matches a rule, EventBridge then sends the event to the targets specified for that rule. Optionally, as part of the rule, you can also specify how EventBridge should transform the event prior to sending it to the target(s).

    An event might match multiple rules, and each rule can specify up to five targets. (An event may not match any rules, in which case EventBridge takes no action.)

An event bus compares events against rules, and sends matching events to the specified targets.

Consider an example using the EventBridge default event bus, which automatically receives events from AWS services:

  1. You create a rule on the default event bus for the EC2 Instance State-change Notification event:

    • You specify that the rule matches events where an Amazon EC2 instance has changed its state to running.

      You do this by specifying JSON that defines the attributes and values an event must match to trigger the rule. This is called an event pattern.

      { "source": ["aws.ec2"], "detail-type": ["EC2 Instance State-change Notification"], "detail": { "state": ["running"] } }
    • You specify the target of the rule to be a given Lambda function.

  2. Whenever an Amazon EC2 instance changes state, Amazon EC2 (the event source) automatically sends that event to the default event bus.

  3. EventBridge evaluates all events sent to the default event bus against the rule you've created.

    If the event matches your rule (that is, if the event was an Amazon EC2 instance changing state to running), EventBridge sends the event to the specified target. In this case, that's the Lambda function.

The following video describes what event buses are and explains some of the basics of them:

The following video covers the different event buses and when to use them: