Manage a Batch Job (AWS Batch, Amazon SNS) - AWS Step Functions

Manage a Batch Job (AWS Batch, Amazon SNS)

This sample project demonstrates how to submit an AWS Batch job, and then send an Amazon SNS notification based on whether that job succeeds or fails. Deploying this sample project creates an AWS Step Functions state machine, an AWS Batch job, and an Amazon SNS topic.

In this project, Step Functions uses a state machine to call the AWS Batch job synchronously. It then waits for the job to succeed or fail, and it sends an Amazon SNS topic with a message about whether the job succeeded or failed.

Create the State Machine and Provision Resources

  1. Open the Step Functions console and choose Create a state machine.

  2. Choose Sample Projects, and then choose Manage a Batch Job.

    The state machine Code and Visual Workflow are displayed.

            Manage AWS Batch workflow.
  3. Choose Next.

    The Deploy resources page is displayed, listing the resources that will be created. For this sample project, the resources include:

    • An AWS Batch job

    • An Amazon SNS topic

  4. Choose Deploy Resources.


    It can take up to 10 minutes for these resources and related IAM permissions to be created. While the Deploy resources page is displayed, you can open the Stack ID link to see which resources are being provisioned.

Start a New Execution

  1. On the New execution page, enter an execution name (optional), and then choose Start Execution.

  2. (Optional) To identify your execution, you can specify a name for it in the Name box. By default, Step Functions generates a unique execution name automatically.


    Step Functions allows you to create state machine, execution, and activity names that contain non-ASCII characters. These non-ASCII names don't work with Amazon CloudWatch. To ensure that you can track CloudWatch metrics, choose a name that uses only ASCII characters.

  3. Optionally, you can go to the newly created state machine on the Step Functions Dashboard, and then choose New execution.

  4. When an execution is complete, you can select states on the Visual workflow and browse the Input and Output under Step details.

Example State Machine Code

The state machine in this sample project integrates with AWS Batch and Amazon SNS by passing parameters directly to those resources.

Browse through this example state machine to see how Step Functions controls AWS Batch and Amazon SNS by connecting to the Amazon Resource Name (ARN) in the Resource field, and by passing Parameters to the service API.

For more information about how AWS Step Functions can control other AWS services, see Using AWS Step Functions with other services.

{ "Comment": "An example of the Amazon States Language for notification on an AWS Batch job completion", "StartAt": "Submit Batch Job", "TimeoutSeconds": 3600, "States": { "Submit Batch Job": { "Type": "Task", "Resource": "arn:aws:states:::batch:submitJob.sync", "Parameters": { "JobName": "BatchJobNotification", "JobQueue": "arn:aws:batch:us-east-1:123456789012:job-queue/BatchJobQueue-7049d367474b4dd", "JobDefinition": "arn:aws:batch:us-east-1:123456789012:job-definition/BatchJobDefinition-74d55ec34c4643c:1" }, "Next": "Notify Success", "Catch": [ { "ErrorEquals": [ "States.ALL" ], "Next": "Notify Failure" } ] }, "Notify Success": { "Type": "Task", "Resource": "arn:aws:states:::sns:publish", "Parameters": { "Message": "Batch job submitted through Step Functions succeeded", "TopicArn": "arn:aws:sns:us-east-1:123456789012:batchjobnotificatiointemplate-SNSTopic-1J757CVBQ2KHM" }, "End": true }, "Notify Failure": { "Type": "Task", "Resource": "arn:aws:states:::sns:publish", "Parameters": { "Message": "Batch job submitted through Step Functions failed", "TopicArn": "arn:aws:sns:us-east-1:123456789012:batchjobnotificatiointemplate-SNSTopic-1J757CVBQ2KHM" }, "End": true } } }

IAM Example

This example AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy generated by the sample project includes the least privilege necessary to execute the state machine and related resources. We recommend that you include only those permissions that are necessary in your IAM policies.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Action": [ "sns:Publish" ], "Resource": [ "arn:aws:sns:ap-northeast-1:123456789012:ManageBatchJob-SNSTopic-JHLYYG7AZPZI" ], "Effect": "Allow" }, { "Action": [ "batch:SubmitJob", "batch:DescribeJobs", "batch:TerminateJob" ], "Resource": "*", "Effect": "Allow" }, { "Action": [ "events:PutTargets", "events:PutRule", "events:DescribeRule" ], "Resource": [ "arn:aws:events:ap-northeast-1:123456789012:rule/StepFunctionsGetEventsForBatchJobsRule" ], "Effect": "Allow" } ] }

For information about how to configure IAM when using Step Functions with other AWS services, see IAM Policies for integrated services.