Arrays in Amazon EventBridge event patterns - Amazon EventBridge
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Arrays in Amazon EventBridge event patterns

The value of each field in an event pattern is an array containing one or more values. An event pattern matches the event if any of the values in the array match the value in the event. If the value in the event is an array, then the event pattern matches if the intersection of the event pattern array and the event array is non-empty.


In EventBridge, it is possible to create rules that can lead to higher-than-expected charges and throttling. For example, you can inadvertently create a rule that leads to an infinite loop, where a rule is fired recursively without end. Suppose you created a rule to detect that ACLs have changed on an Amazon S3 bucket, and trigger software to change them to the desired state. If the rule is not written carefully, the subsequent change to the ACLs fires the rule again, creating an infinite loop.

For guidance on how to write precise rules and event patterns to minimize such unexpected results, see Best practices when defining Amazon EventBridge rules and Best practices when defining Amazon EventBridge event patterns.

For example, consider an event pattern that includes the following field.

"resources": [ "arn:aws:ec2:us-east-1:123456789012:instance/i-b188560f", "arn:aws:ec2:us-east-1:111122223333:instance/i-b188560f", "arn:aws:ec2:us-east-1:444455556666:instance/i-b188560f", ]

The preceding event pattern matches an event that includes the following field because the first item in the event pattern array matches the second item in the event array.

"resources": [ "arn:aws:autoscaling:us-east-1:123456789012:autoScalingGroup:eb56d16b-bbf0-401d-b893-d5978ed4a025:autoScalingGroupName/ASGTerminate", "arn:aws:ec2:us-east-1:123456789012:instance/i-b188560f" ]