Call Amazon SNS with Step Functions - Amazon Step Functions
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Call Amazon SNS with Step Functions

Step Functions can control certain Amazon services directly from Amazon States Language (ASL). To learn more, see Working with other services and Pass parameters to a service API.

How the Optimized Amazon SNS integration is different than the Amazon SNS Amazon SDK integration

There are no optimizations for the Request Response or Wait for a Callback with the Task Token integration patterns.

Supported Amazon SNS APIs:


There is a quota for the maximum input or result data size for a task in Step Functions. This restricts you to 256 KB of data as a UTF-8 encoded string when you send to, or receive data from, another service. See Quotas related to state machine executions.

Parameters in Step Functions are expressed in PascalCase

Even if the native service API is in camelCase, for example the API action startSyncExecution, you specify parameters in PascalCase, such as: StateMachineArn.

The following includes a Task state that publishes to an Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) topic.

{ "StartAt": "Publish to SNS", "States": { "Publish to SNS": { "Type": "Task", "Resource": "arn:aws-cn:states:::sns:publish", "Parameters": { "TopicArn": "arn:aws-cn:sns:us-east-1:123456789012:myTopic", "Message.$": "$.input.message", "MessageAttributes": { "my_attribute_no_1": { "DataType": "String", "StringValue": "value of my_attribute_no_1" }, "my_attribute_no_2": { "DataType": "String", "StringValue": "value of my_attribute_no_2" } } }, "End": true } } }

Passing dynamic values. You can modify the above example to dynamically pass an attribute from this JSON payload:

{ "input": { "message": "Hello world" }, "SNSDetails": { "attribute1": "some value", "attribute2": "some other value", } }

Append the .$ to the StringValue field:

"MessageAttributes": { "my_attribute_no_1": { "DataType": "String", "StringValue.$": "$.SNSDetails.attribute1" }, "my_attribute_no_2": { "DataType": "String", "StringValue.$": "$.SNSDetails.attribute2" }

The following includes a Task state that publishes to an Amazon SNS topic, and then waits for the task token to be returned. See Wait for a Callback with the Task Token.

{ "StartAt":"Send message to SNS", "States":{ "Send message to SNS":{ "Type":"Task", "Resource":"arn:aws:states:::sns:publish.waitForTaskToken", "Parameters":{ "TopicArn":"arn:aws:sns:us-east-1:123456789012:myTopic", "Message":{ "Input.$":"$", "TaskToken.$":"$$.Task.Token" } }, "End":true } } }

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