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This document covers installing Fission Workflows.

Fission and Workflows are under active development, which has lead to incompatible versions. Compatibility chart:

Workflows Compatible Fission versions
0.1.x 0.3.0 up to 0.6.1
0.2.x 0.4.1 up to 0.6.1
0.3.0 all (tested on 0.6.0, 0.6.1, and 0.7.2)
0.4.0 all
0.5.0 all


Fission Workflows requires the following to be installed on your host machine:

Additionally, Fission Workflows requires a Fission deployment on your Kubernetes cluster. If you do not have a Fission deployment, follow Fission's installation guide.

(Note that Fission Workflows requires Fission 0.4.1 or higher, with the NATS component installed!)

Installing Fission Workflows

Fission Workflows is an add-on to Fission. You can install both Fission and Fission Workflows using helm charts.

Assuming you have a Kubernetes cluster, run the following commands:

# Add the Fission charts repo
helm repo add fission-charts
helm repo update

# Install Fission 
# This assumes that you do not have a Fission deployment yet, and are installing on a standard Minikube deployment.
# Otherwise see for more detailed instructions
helm install --wait -n fission-all --namespace fission --set serviceType=NodePort --set analytics=false fission-charts/fission-all --version 0.7.2

# Install Fission Workflows
helm install --wait -n fission-workflows fission-charts/fission-workflows --version 0.5.0

Creating your first workflow

After installing Fission and Workflows, you're ready to run a simple test workflow. Clone this repository, and from its root directory, run:

# Add binary environment and create two test functions on your Fission setup:
fission env create --name binary --image fission/binary-env
fission function create --name whalesay --env binary --deploy examples/whales/
fission function create --name fortune --env binary --deploy examples/whales/

# Create a workflow that uses those two functions. A workflow is just
# a function that uses the special "workflow" environment.
fission function create --name fortunewhale --env workflow --src examples/whales/

# Map an HTTP GET to your new workflow function:
fission route create --method GET --url /fortunewhale --function fortunewhale

# Invoke the workflow with an HTTP request:
curl ${FISSION_ROUTER}/fortunewhale

Workflows client (optional)

To use Fission Workflows there is no need to learn any other client other than the one you already use for function invocation - after all, a workflow is just another function. However, in many cases it is useful to have more insight in and control over the behaviour of the workflows (for example when developing/debugging workflows). To get these more capabilities and insight, you can use the fission-workflows client.

It has the following features:

  • Get insight into workflow and invocations statuses.
  • Start, and cancel workflow invocation.
  • Perform administrative or debugging actions: for example halting and resuming the engine.
  • validating workflow definitions locally.


To install fission-workflows either download a version of the binary from the releases. For example, to download and install version 0.5.0, assuming that you use OS X:

curl -o fission-workflows
chmod +x ./fission-workflows
sudo mv ./fission-workflows /usr/local/bin

Or install the latest, edge version with Go:

go get -u

The fission-workflows client uses the FISSION_URL environment variable to find the Fission controller server to use as a proxy to the workflow apiserver. By default fission-workflows uses ttp://localhost:31313 to locate the Fission controller.


Get all defined workflows loaded in the workflow engine:

fission-workflows workflows get

Get all workflow invocations:

fission-workflows invocations get

Get a specific task execution in a specific

fission-workflows invocations <invocation-id> <task-id>

Cancel a workflow invocation

fission-workflows invocations cancel <invocation-id>