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AWS SDK for JavaScript Swf Client for Node.js, Browser and React Native


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3.95.0 (2022-05-19)


  • client-gamesparks: This release adds an optional DeploymentResult field in the responses of GetStageDeploymentIntegrationTests and ListStageDeploymentIntegrationTests APIs. (e31958e)
  • client-lookoutmetrics: In this release we added SnsFormat to SNSConfiguration to support human readable alert. (c28ed70)
  • clients: update client endpoints as of 2022-05-19 (3cccb5d)




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AWS SDK for JavaScript SWF Client for Node.js, Browser and React Native.

Amazon Simple Workflow Service

The Amazon Simple Workflow Service (Amazon SWF) makes it easy to build applications that use Amazon's cloud to coordinate work across distributed components. In Amazon SWF, a task represents a logical unit of work that is performed by a component of your workflow. Coordinating tasks in a workflow involves managing intertask dependencies, scheduling, and concurrency in accordance with the logical flow of the application.

Amazon SWF gives you full control over implementing tasks and coordinating them without worrying about underlying complexities such as tracking their progress and maintaining their state.

This documentation serves as reference only. For a broader overview of the Amazon SWF programming model, see the Amazon SWF Developer Guide .


To install the this package, simply type add or install @aws-sdk/client-swf using your favorite package manager:

  • npm install @aws-sdk/client-swf
  • yarn add @aws-sdk/client-swf
  • pnpm add @aws-sdk/client-swf

Getting Started


The AWS SDK is modulized by clients and commands. To send a request, you only need to import the SWFClient and the commands you need, for example CountClosedWorkflowExecutionsCommand:

// ES5 example const { SWFClient, CountClosedWorkflowExecutionsCommand } = require("@aws-sdk/client-swf"); // ES6+ example import { SWFClient, CountClosedWorkflowExecutionsCommand } from "@aws-sdk/client-swf";


To send a request, you:

  • Initiate client with configuration (e.g. credentials, region).
  • Initiate command with input parameters.
  • Call send operation on client with command object as input.
  • If you are using a custom http handler, you may call destroy() to close open connections.
// a client can be shared by different commands. const client = new SWFClient({ region: "REGION" }); const params = { /** input parameters */ }; const command = new CountClosedWorkflowExecutionsCommand(params);


We recommend using await operator to wait for the promise returned by send operation as follows:

// async/await. try { const data = await client.send(command); // process data. } catch (error) { // error handling. } finally { // finally. }

Async-await is clean, concise, intuitive, easy to debug and has better error handling as compared to using Promise chains or callbacks.


You can also use Promise chaining to execute send operation.

client.send(command).then( (data) => { // process data. }, (error) => { // error handling. } );

Promises can also be called using .catch() and .finally() as follows:

client .send(command) .then((data) => { // process data. }) .catch((error) => { // error handling. }) .finally(() => { // finally. });


We do not recommend using callbacks because of callback hell, but they are supported by the send operation.

// callbacks. client.send(command, (err, data) => { // process err and data. });

v2 compatible style

The client can also send requests using v2 compatible style. However, it results in a bigger bundle size and may be dropped in next major version. More details in the blog post on modular packages in AWS SDK for JavaScript

import * as AWS from "@aws-sdk/client-swf"; const client = new AWS.SWF({ region: "REGION" }); // async/await. try { const data = await client.countClosedWorkflowExecutions(params); // process data. } catch (error) { // error handling. } // Promises. client .countClosedWorkflowExecutions(params) .then((data) => { // process data. }) .catch((error) => { // error handling. }); // callbacks. client.countClosedWorkflowExecutions(params, (err, data) => { // process err and data. });


When the service returns an exception, the error will include the exception information, as well as response metadata (e.g. request id).

try { const data = await client.send(command); // process data. } catch (error) { const { requestId, cfId, extendedRequestId } = error.$metadata; console.log({ requestId, cfId, extendedRequestId }); /** * The keys within exceptions are also parsed. * You can access them by specifying exception names: * if (error.name === 'SomeServiceException') { * const value = error.specialKeyInException; * } */ }

Getting Help

Please use these community resources for getting help. We use the GitHub issues for tracking bugs and feature requests, but have limited bandwidth to address them.

To test your universal JavaScript code in Node.js, browser and react-native environments, visit our code samples repo.


This client code is generated automatically. Any modifications will be overwritten the next time the @aws-sdk/client-swf package is updated. To contribute to client you can check our generate clients scripts.


This SDK is distributed under the Apache License, Version 2.0, see LICENSE for more information.



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