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Event-Driven Declarative Orchestrator


"Click on the image to get started in 4 minutes with Kestra."

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What is Kestra

Kestra is a universal open-source orchestrator that makes both scheduled and event-driven workflows easy. By bringing Infrastructure as Code best practices to data, process, and microservice orchestration, you can build reliable workflows and manage them with confidence.

In just a few lines of code, you can create a flow directly from the UI. Thanks to the declarative YAML interface for defining orchestration logic, business stakeholders can participate in the workflow creation process.

Kestra offers a versatile set of language-agnostic developer tools while simultaneously providing an intuitive user interface tailored for business professionals. The YAML definition gets automatically adjusted any time you make changes to a workflow from the UI or via an API call. Therefore, the orchestration logic is always managed declaratively in code, even if some workflow components are modified in other ways (UI, CI/CD, Terraform, API calls).

Key concepts

  1. Flow is the main component in Kestra. It's a container for your tasks and orchestration logic.
  2. Namespace is used to provide logical isolation, e.g., to separate development and production environments. Namespaces are like folders on your file system — they organize flows into logical categories and can be nested to provide a hierarchical structure.
  3. Tasks are atomic actions in a flow. By default, all tasks in the list will be executed sequentially, with additional customization options, a.o. to run tasks in parallel or allow a failure of specific tasks when needed.
  4. Triggers define when a flow should run. In Kestra, flows are triggered based on events. Examples of such events include:
    • a regular time-based schedule
    • an API call (webhook trigger)
    • ad-hoc execution from the UI
    • a flow trigger - flows can be triggered from other flows using a flow trigger or a subflow, enabling highly modular workflows.
    • custom events, including a new file arrival (file detection event), a new message in a message bus, query completion, and more.
  5. Inputs allow you to pass runtime-specific variables to a flow. They are strongly typed, and allow additional validation rules.

Extensible platform via plugins

Most tasks in Kestra are available as plugins, but many type of tasks are available in the core library, including a.o. script tasks supporting various programming languages (e.g., Python, Node, Bash) and the ability to orchestrate your business logic packaged into Docker container images.

To create your own plugins, check the plugin developer guide.

Rich orchestration capabilities

Kestra provides a variety of tasks to handle both simple and complex business logic, including:

  • subflows
  • retries
  • timeout
  • error handling
  • conditional branching
  • dynamic tasks
  • sequential and parallel tasks
  • skipping tasks or triggers when needed by setting the flag disabled to true.
  • configuring dependencies between tasks, flows and triggers
  • advanced scheduling and trigger conditions
  • backfills
  • blueprints
  • documenting your flows, tasks and triggers by adding a markdown description to any component
  • adding labels to add additional metadata to your flows such as the flow owner or team:

id: getting_started
namespace: dev

description: | # Getting Started Let's write some markdown - first flow 🚀

labels: owner: rick.astley project: never-gonna-give-you-up


  • id: hello type: io.kestra.core.tasks.log.Log message: Hello world! description: a very important task disabled: false timeout: PT10M retry: type: constant # type: string interval: PT15M # type: Duration maxDuration: PT1H # type: Duration maxAttempt: 5 # type: int warningOnRetry: true # type: boolean, default is false

    • id: parallel type: io.kestra.core.tasks.flows.Parallel concurrent: 3 tasks:
      • id: task1 type: commands:
        • 'echo "running {{}}"'
        • 'sleep 2'
      • id: task2 type: commands:
        • 'echo "running {{}}"'
        • 'sleep 1'
      • id: task3 type: commands:
        • 'echo "running {{}}"'
        • 'sleep 3'


  • id: schedule type: io.kestra.core.models.triggers.types.Schedule cron: "*/15 * * * *" backfill: start: 2023-10-05T14:00:00Z
Built-in code editor

You can write workflows directly from the UI. When writing your workflows, the UI provides:

  • autocompletion
  • syntax validation
  • embedded plugin documentation
  • example flows provided as blueprints
  • topology view (view of your dependencies in a Directed Acyclic Graph) that get updated live as you modify and add new tasks.
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Getting Started

Follow the steps below to start local development.


Make sure that Docker is installed and running on your system. The default installation requires the following:

Launch Kestra

Download the Docker Compose file:

curl -o docker-compose.yml

Alternatively, you can use wget

Start Kestra:

docker compose up

Open http://localhost:8080 in your browser and create your first flow.

Hello-World flow

Here is a simple example logging hello world message to the terminal:

id: getting_started
namespace: dev
  • id: hello_world type: io.kestra.core.tasks.log.Log message: Hello World!

  • For more information:


    Kestra is built on a plugin system. You can find your plugin to interact with your provider; alternatively, you can follow these steps to develop your own plugin.

    For a full list of plugins, check the plugins page.

    Here are some examples of the available plugins:

    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Airbyte Cloud</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Airbyte OSS</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Amazon Athena</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Amazon CLI</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Amazon DynamoDb</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Amazon Redshift</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Amazon S3</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Amazon SNS</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Amazon SQS</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">AMQP</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Apache Avro</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Apache Cassandra</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Apache Kafka</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Apache Pinot</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Apache Parquet</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Apache Pulsar</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Apache Spark</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Apache Tika</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Azure Batch</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Azure Blob Storage</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Azure Blob Table</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">CSV</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">ClickHouse</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Compression</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Couchbase</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Databricks</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">dbt cloud</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">dbt core</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Debezium Microsoft SQL Server</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Debezium MYSQL</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Debezium Postgres</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">DuckDb</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">ElasticSearch</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Email</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Fivetran</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">FTP</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">FTPS</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Git</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Google Big Query</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Google Pub/Sub</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Google Cloud Storage</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Google DataProc</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Google Firestore</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Google Cli</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Google Vertex AI</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Google Kubernetes Engines</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Google Drive</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Google Sheets</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Groovy</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Http</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">JSON</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Julia</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Jython</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Kubernetes</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Microsoft SQL Server</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Microsoft Teams</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">MongoDb</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">MQTT</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">MySQL</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Nashorn</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">NATS</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Neo4j</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Node</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">OpenAI</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Open PGP</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Oracle</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">PostgreSQL</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Power BI</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">PowerShell</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Python</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Rockset</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">RScript</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">SFTP</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">ServiceNow</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Singer</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Shell</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Slack</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Snowflake</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Soda</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">SSH</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Telegram</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Trino</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">XML</a>
    <a href="" rel="nofollow">Vertica</a>

    This list is growing quickly and we welcome contributions.

    Community Support

    If you need help or have any questions, reach out using one of the following channels:

    • Slack - join the community and get the latest updates.
    • GitHub discussions - useful to start a conversation that is not a bug or feature request.
    • Twitter - to follow up with the latest updates.


    See the open issues for a list of proposed features (and known issues) or look at the project board.


    We love contributions, big or small. Check out our contributor guide for details on how to contribute to Kestra.

    See our Plugin Developer Guide for details on developing and publishing Kestra plugins.


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