Glue Workflows (Optional)

PART C: Glue Workflows (Optional, self-paced)

Pre-requisite before creating workflow - completed Glue Job Bookmark lab


In AWS Glue, you can use workflows to create and visualize complex extract, transform, and load (ETL) activities involving multiple crawlers, jobs, and triggers. Each workflow manages the execution and monitoring of all its components. As a workflow runs each component, it records execution progress and status, providing you with an overview of the larger task and the details of each step. The AWS Glue console provides a visual representation of a workflow as a graph.

Creating and Running Workflows:

Above mentioned Part A (ETL with Glue) and Part B (Glue Job Bookmarks) can be created and executed using workflows. Complex ETL jobs involving multiple crawlers and jobs can also be created and executed using workflows in an automated fashion. Below is a simple example to demonstrate how to create and run workflows.

Try creating a new Glue Workflow to string together the two Crawlers and one Job from part B as follows:

On-demand trigger → glue-lab-cdc-crawler → Glue-Lab-TicketHistory-Parquet-with-bookmark → glue_lab_cdc_bookmark_crawler

To create a workflow:

  1. Navigate to AWS Glue Console and under ETL, click on Workflows. Then Click on Add Workflow.
  2. Give the workflow name as Workflow_tickethistory. Provide a description (optional) and click on Add Workflow to create it.
  3. Click on the workflow and scroll to the bottom of the page. You will see an option Add Trigger. Click on that button.
  4. In Add Trigger window, From Clone Existing and Add New options, click on Add New.
    • Provide Name as Trigger1
    • Provide a description: Trigger to start workflow
    • Trigger type: On-demand.
    • Click on Add Triggers are used to initiate the workflow and there are multiple ways to invoke the trigger. Any scheduled operation or any event can activate the trigger which in turn starts the workflow
  5. Click on Trigger1 to add a new node. New Node can be a crawler or job, depending upon the workflow you want to build.
  6. Click on Add node, a new window to add jobs or crawlers will open. Select the Crawler glue-lab-cdc-crawler, then Add.
  7. Click on the crawler and Add Trigger provide the following:
    • Name: Trigger2
    • Description: Trigger to execute job
    • Trigger type: Event
    • Trigger logic: Start after ALL watched event. This will make sure that job starts once Glue Crawler finishes.
    • Click Add
  8. After Trigger2 is added to workflow, Click on Add node, select job Glue-Lab-TicketHistory-Parquet-with-bookmark, click Add.
  9. Click on the job and Add Trigger provide the following:
    • Name: Trigger3
    • Description: Trigger to execute crawler
    • Trigger type: Event
    • Trigger logic: Start after ANY watched event. This will make sure that crawler starts once Glue job finishes processing of ALL data.
    • Click Add
  10. Click on Add node, Select the Crawler glue_lab_cdc_bookmark_crawler, then Add.
  11. Select your workflow, click on Actions → Run and this will start the first trigger Trigger1
  12. Once the workflow is completed, you will observe that glue job and crawlers have been successfully executed.

Congratulations!! You have successfully completed this lab