Invoking DAGs with a Lambda function - Amazon Managed Workflows for Apache Airflow

Invoking DAGs with a Lambda function

The following code example uses an AWS Lambda function to get an Apache Airflow CLI token and invoke a directed acyclic graph (DAG) in an Amazon MWAA environment.


  • You can use the code example on this page with Apache Airflow v2 and above in Python 3.10.


To use this code example, you must:


If the Lambda function and your Amazon MWAA environment are in the same VPC, you can use this code on a private network. For this configuration, the Lambda function's execution role needs permission to call the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) CreateNetworkInterface API operation. You can provide this permission using the AWSLambdaVPCAccessExecutionRole AWS managed policy.


To use the code example on this page, your Amazon MWAA environment's execution role needs access to perform the airflow:CreateCliToken action. You can provide this permission using the AmazonMWAAAirflowCliAccess AWS managed policy:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "airflow:CreateCliToken" ], "Resource": "*" } ]

For more information, see Apache Airflow CLI policy: AmazonMWAAAirflowCliAccess.


  • To use this code example with Apache Airflow v2, no additional dependencies are required. The code uses the Apache Airflow v2 base install on your environment.

Code example

  1. Open the AWS Lambda console at

  2. Choose your Lambda function from the Functions list.

  3. On the function page, copy the following code and replace the following with the names of your resources:

    • YOUR_ENVIRONMENT_NAME – The name of your Amazon MWAA environment.

    • YOUR_DAG_NAME – The name of the DAG that you want to invoke.

    import boto3 import http.client import base64 import ast mwaa_env_name = 'YOUR_ENVIRONMENT_NAME' dag_name = 'YOUR_DAG_NAME' mwaa_cli_command = 'dags trigger' ​ client = boto3.client('mwaa') ​ def lambda_handler(event, context): # get web token mwaa_cli_token = client.create_cli_token( Name=mwaa_env_name ) conn = http.client.HTTPSConnection(mwaa_cli_token['WebServerHostname']) payload = mwaa_cli_command + " " + dag_name headers = { 'Authorization': 'Bearer ' + mwaa_cli_token['CliToken'], 'Content-Type': 'text/plain' } conn.request("POST", "/aws_mwaa/cli", payload, headers) res = conn.getresponse() data = dict_str = data.decode("UTF-8") mydata = ast.literal_eval(dict_str) return base64.b64decode(mydata['stdout'])
  4. Choose Deploy.

  5. Choose Test to invoke your function using the Lambda console.

  6. To verify that your Lambda successfully invoked your DAG, use the Amazon MWAA console to navigate to your environment's Apache Airflow UI, then do the following:

    1. On the DAGs page, locate your new target DAG in the list of DAGs.

    2. Under Last Run, check the timestamp for the latest DAG run. This timestamp should closely match the latest timestamp for invoke_dag in your other environment.

    3. Under Recent Tasks, check that the last run was successful.