Starting an AWS Glue Workflow with an Amazon EventBridge Event - AWS Glue

Starting an AWS Glue Workflow with an Amazon EventBridge Event

Amazon EventBridge, also known as CloudWatch Events, enables you to automate your AWS services and respond automatically to system events such as application availability issues or resource changes. Events from AWS services are delivered to EventBridge in near real time. You can write simple rules to indicate which events are of interest to you, and what automated actions to take when an event matches a rule.

With EventBridge support, AWS Glue can serve as an event producer and consumer in an event-driven architecture. For workflows, AWS Glue supports any type of EventBridge event as a consumer. The likely most common use case is the arrival of a new object in an Amazon S3 bucket. If you have data arriving in irregular or undefined intervals, you can process this data as close to its arrival as possible.


AWS Glue does not provide guaranteed delivery of EventBridge messages. AWS Glue performs no deduplication if EventBridge delivers duplicate messages. You must manage idempotency based on your use case.

Be sure to configure EventBridge rules correctly to avoid sending unwanted events.

Before you begin

If you want to start a workflow with Amazon S3 data events, you must ensure that events for the S3 bucket of interest are logged to AWS CloudTrail and EventBridge. To do so, you must create a CloudTrail trail. For more information, see Creating a trail for your AWS account.

To start a workflow with an EventBridge event


In the following commands, replace:

  • <workflow-name> with the name to assign to the workflow.

  • <trigger-name> with the name to assign to the trigger.

  • <bucket-name> with the name of the Amazon S3 bucket.

  • <account-id> with a valid AWS account ID.

  • <region> with the name of the Region (for example, us-east-1).

  • <rule-name> with the name to assign to the EventBridge rule.

  1. Ensure that you have AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) permissions to create and view EventBridge rules and targets. The following is a sample policy that you can attach. You might want to scope it down to put limits on the operations and resources.

    { "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "events:PutRule", "events:DisableRule", "events:DeleteRule", "events:PutTargets", "events:RemoveTargets", "events:EnableRule", "events:List*", "events:Describe*" ], "Resource": "*" } ] }
  2. Create an IAM role that the EventBridge service can assume when passing an event to AWS Glue.

    1. On the Create role page of the IAM console, choose AWS Service. Then choose the service CloudWatch Events.

    2. Complete the Create role wizard. The wizard automatically attaches the CloudWatchEventsBuiltInTargetExecutionAccess and CloudWatchEventsInvocationAccess policies.

    3. Attach the following inline policy to the role. This policy allows the EventBridge service to direct events to AWS Glue.

      { "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "glue:notifyEvent" ], "Resource": [ "arn:aws:glue:<region>:<account-id>:workflow/<workflow-name>" ] } ] }
  3. Enter the following command to create the workflow.

    See create-workflow in the AWS CLI Command Reference for information about additional optional command-line parameters.

    aws glue create-workflow --name <workflow-name>
  4. Enter the following command to create an EventBridge event trigger for the workflow. This will be the start trigger for the workflow. Replace <actions> with the actions to perform (the jobs and crawlers to start).

    See create-trigger in the AWS CLI Command Reference for information about how to code the actions argument.

    aws glue create-trigger --workflow-name <workflow-name> --type EVENT --name <trigger-name> --actions <actions>

    If you want the workflow to be triggered by a batch of events instead of a single EventBridge event, enter the following command instead.

    aws glue create-trigger --workflow-name <workflow-name> --type EVENT --name <trigger-name> --event-batching-condition BatchSize=<number-of-events>,BatchWindow=<seconds> --actions <actions>

    For the event-batching-condition argument, BatchSize is required and BatchWindow is optional. If BatchWindow is omitted, the window defaults to 900 seconds, which is the maximum window size.

    The following example creates a trigger that starts the eventtest workflow after three EventBridge events have arrived, or five minutes after the first event arrives, whichever comes first.

    aws glue create-trigger --workflow-name eventtest --type EVENT --name objectArrival --event-batching-condition BatchSize=3,BatchWindow=300 --actions JobName=test1
  5. Create a rule in Amazon EventBridge.

    1. Create the JSON object for the rule details in your preferred text editor.

      The following example specifies Amazon S3 as the event source, PutObject as the event name, and the bucket name as a request parameter. This rule starts a workflow when a new object arrives in the bucket.

      { "source": [ "aws.s3" ], "detail-type": [ "AWS API Call via CloudTrail" ], "detail": { "eventSource": [ "" ], "eventName": [ "PutObject" ], "requestParameters": { "bucketName": [ "<bucket-name>" ] } } }

      To start the workflow when a new object arrives in a folder within the bucket, you can substitute the following code for requestParameters.

      "requestParameters": { "bucketName": [ "<bucket-name>" ]     "key" : { "prefix" : "<folder1>/<folder2>/*"}}     }
    2. Use your preferred tool to convert the rule JSON object to an escaped string.

      {\n \"source\": [\n \"aws.s3\"\n ],\n \"detail-type\": [\n \"AWS API Call via CloudTrail\"\n ],\n \"detail\": {\n \"eventSource\": [\n \"\"\n ],\n \"eventName\": [\n \"PutObject\"\n ],\n \"requestParameters\": {\n \"bucketName\": [\n \"<bucket-name>\"\n ]\n }\n }\n}
    3. Run the following command to create a JSON parameter template that you can edit to specify input parameters to a subsequent put-rule command. Save the output in a file. In this example, the file is called ruleCommand.

      aws events put-rule --name <rule-name> --generate-cli-skeleton >ruleCommand

      For more information about the --generate-cli-skeleton parameter, see Generating AWS CLI skeleton and input parameters from a JSON or YAML input file in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide.

      The output file should look like the following.

      { "Name": "", "ScheduleExpression": "", "EventPattern": "", "State": "ENABLED", "Description": "", "RoleArn": "", "Tags": [ { "Key": "", "Value": "" } ], "EventBusName": "" }
    4. Edit the file to optionally remove parameters and to specify at a minimum the Name, EventPattern, and State parameters. For the EventPattern parameter, provide the escaped string for the rule details that you created in a previous step.

      { "Name": "<rule-name>", "EventPattern": "{\n \"source\": [\n \"aws.s3\"\n ],\n \"detail-type\": [\n \"AWS API Call via CloudTrail\"\n ],\n \"detail\": {\n \"eventSource\": [\n \"\"\n ],\n \"eventName\": [\n \"PutObject\"\n ],\n \"requestParameters\": {\n \"bucketName\": [\n \"<bucket-name>\"\n ]\n }\n }\n}", "State": "DISABLED", "Description": "Start an AWS Glue workflow upon new file arrival in an Amazon S3 bucket" }

      It is best to leave the rule disabled until you finish building out the workflow.

    5. Enter the following put-rule command, which reads input parameters from the file ruleCommand.

      aws events put-rule --name <rule-name> --cli-input-json file://ruleCommand

      The following output indicates success.

          "RuleArn": "<rule-arn>"
  6. Enter the following command to attach the rule to a target. The target is the workflow in AWS Glue. Replace <role-name> with the role that you created at the beginning of this procedure.

    aws events put-targets --rule <rule-name> --targets "Id"="1","Arn"="arn:aws:glue:<region>:<account-id>:workflow/<workflow-name>","RoleArn"="arn:aws:iam::<account-id>:role/<role-name>" --region <region>

    The following output indicates success.

        "FailedEntryCount": 0,
        "FailedEntries": []
  7. Confirm successful connection of the rule and target by entering the following command.

    aws events list-rule-names-by-target --target-arn arn:aws:glue:<region>:<account-id>:workflow/<workflow-name>

    The following output indicates success, where <rule-name> is the name of the rule that you created.

        "RuleNames": [
  8. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS Glue console at

  9. Select the workflow, and verify that the start trigger and its actions—the jobs or crawlers that it starts— appear on the workflow graph. Then continue with the procedure in Step 3: Add More Triggers. Or add more components to the workflow by using the AWS Glue API or AWS Command Line Interface.

  10. When the workflow is completely specified, enable the rule.

    aws events enable-rule --name <rule-name>

    The workflow is now ready to be started by an EventBridge event or event batch.