Working with HTTP topic rule destinations - AWS IoT Core

Working with HTTP topic rule destinations

An HTTP topic rule destination is a web service to which the rules engine can route data from a topic rule. An AWS IoT Core resource describes the web service for AWS IoT. Topic rule destination resources can be shared by different rules.

Before AWS IoT Core can send data to another web service, it must confirm that it can access the service's endpoint.

HTTP topic rule destination overview

An HTTP topic rule destination refers to a web service that supports a confirmation URL and one or more data collection URLs. The HTTP topic rule destination resource contains the confirmation URL of your web service. When you configure an HTTP topic rule action, you specify the actual URL of the endpoint that should receive the data along with the web service's confirmation URL. After your destination has been confirmed, the topic rule sends the result of the SQL statement to the HTTPS endpoint (and not to the confirmation URL).

An HTTP topic rule destination can be in one of the following states:


The destination has been confirmed and can be used by a rule action. A destination must be in the ENABLED state for it to be used in a rule. You can only enable a destination that's in DISABLED status.


The destination has been confirmed but it can't be used by a rule action. This is useful if you want to temporarily prevent traffic to your endpoint without having to go through the confirmation process again. You can only disable a destination that's in ENABLED status.


Confirmation of the destination is in progress.


Destination confirmation timed out.

After an HTTP topic rule destination has been confirmed and enabled, it can be used with any rule in your account.

The following sections describe common actions on HTTP topic rule destinations.

Creating and confirming HTTP topic rule destinations

You create an HTTP topic rule destination by calling the CreateTopicRuleDestination operation or by using the AWS IoT console.

After you create a destination, AWS IoT sends a confirmation request to the confirmation URL. The confirmation request has the following format:

HTTP POST {confirmationUrl}/?confirmationToken={confirmationToken} Headers: x-amz-rules-engine-message-type: DestinationConfirmation x-amz-rules-engine-destination-arn:"arn:aws:iot:us-east-1:123456789012:ruledestination/http/7a280e37-b9c6-47a2-a751-0703693f46e4" Content-Type: application/json Body: { "arn":"arn:aws:iot:us-east-1:123456789012:ruledestination/http/7a280e37-b9c6-47a2-a751-0703693f46e4", "confirmationToken": "AYADeMXLrPrNY2wqJAKsFNn-…NBJndA", "enableUrl": "…NBJndA", "messageType": "DestinationConfirmation" }

The content of the confirmation request includes the following information:


The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) for the topic rule destination to confirm.


The confirmation token sent by AWS IoT Core. The token in the example is truncated. Your token will be longer. You'll need this token to confirm your destination with AWS IoT Core.


The URL to which you browse to confirm a topic rule destination.


The type of message.

To complete the endpoint confirmation process, you must do one of the following after your confirmation URL receives the confirmation request.

  • Call the enableUrl in the confirmation request, and then call UpdateTopicRuleDestination to set the topic rule's status to ENABLED.

  • Call the ConfirmTopicRuleDestination operation and passing the confirmationToken from the confirmation request.

  • Copy the confirmationToken and paste it into the destination's confirmation dialog in the AWS IoT console.

Sending a new confirmation request

To trigger a new confirmation message for a destination, call UpdateTopicRuleDestination and set the topic rule destination's status to IN_PROGRESS.

You'll need to repeat the confirmation process after you send a new confirmation request

Disabling and deleting a topic rule destination

To disable a destination, call UpdateTopicRuleDestination and set the topic rule destination's status to DISABLED. A topic rule in the DISABLED state can be enabled again without the need to send a new confirmation request.

To delete a topic rule destination, call DeleteTopicRuleDestination.