How to use Boto3 to get the workflows that are created in your account?

Approach/Algorithm to solve this problem

Step 1 − Import boto3 and botocore exceptions to handle exceptions.

Step 2 − No parameter is required for this function. It will fetch all listed triggers for user account and then display metadata of each triggers.

Step 3 − Create an AWS session using boto3 library. Make sure region_name is mentioned in default profile. If it is not mentioned, then explicitly pass the region_name while creating the session.

Step 4 − Create an AWS client for glue.

Step 5 − Now use list_workflows function to get all jobs those are listed in user account.

Step 6 − Call batch_get_workflows and pass the job names fetched in previous function.

Step 7 − It returns list_of_workflows and metadata of each workflows.

Step 8 − Handle the generic exception if something went wrong while checking the job.


Use the following code to fetch the details of each workflow created in the user account −

import boto3
from botocore.exceptions import ClientError

def get_resource_maetadata_of_workflows():
   session = boto3.session.Session()
   glue_client = session.client('glue')
      list_of_workflows = glue_client.list_workflows()
      response = glue_client.batch_get_workflows( Names=list_of_workflows['Workflows'])

      return list_of_workflows, response
   except ClientError as e:
      raise Exception( "boto3 client error in get_resource_maetadata_of_workflows: " + e.__str__())
   except Exception as e:
      raise Exception( "Unexpected error in get_resource_maetadata_of_workflows: " + e.__str__())

a, b = get_resource_maetadata_of_workflows()
#List of Workflows
#Resource metadata of each Workflow


#List of Workflows
{'Workflows': ['dev-aiml-naviga-ods-load'], 'ResponseMetadata':
{'RequestId': '556890ce-bcd1-4bb0-9c33-3ae1db13f3a9', 'HTTPStatusCode':
200, 'HTTPHeaders': {'date': 'Sat, 27 Feb 2021 13:57:37 GMT', 'contenttype': 'application/x-amz-json-1.1', 'content-length': '91',
'connection': 'keep-alive', 'x-amzn-requestid': '556890ce-bcd1-4bb0-
9c33-3ae1db13f3a9'}, 'RetryAttempts': 0}}
#Resource metadata of each Workflow
{'Workflows': [{'Name': 'dev-aiml-naviga-ods-load',
'DefaultRunProperties': {}, 'CreatedOn': datetime.datetime(2020, 5, 27,
3, 10, 57, 967000, tzinfo=tzlocal()), 'LastModifiedOn':
datetime.datetime(2020, 5, 27, 3, 10, 57, 967000, tzinfo=tzlocal())},
'StartedOn': datetime.datetime(2021, 2, 3, 16, 14, 48, 795000,
tzinfo=tzlocal()), 'CompletedOn': datetime.datetime(2021, 2, 3, 16, 28,
6, 207000, tzinfo=tzlocal()), 'Status': 'COMPLETED', 'Statistics':
{'TotalActions': 3, 'TimeoutActions': 0, 'FailedActions': 0,
'StoppedActions': 0, 'SucceededActions': 3, 'RunningActions': 0}}},
'MissingWorkflows': [], 'ResponseMetadata': {'RequestId': 'b328d064-
24ab-48c4-b058-852387a3d474', 'HTTPStatusCode': 200, 'HTTPHeaders':
{'date': 'Sat, 27 Feb 2021 13:57:37 GMT', 'content-type':
'application/x-amz-json-1.1', 'content-length': '2655', 'connection':
'keep-alive', 'x-amzn-requestid': 'b328d064-24ab-48c4-b058-
852387a3d474'}, 'RetryAttempts': 0}}

Updated on: 22-Mar-2021


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