Key concepts, tutorials, and instructions for using features

The language used to define state machines in AWS Step Functions

How to use the Step Functions API, including actions and data types

A command-line validator for Amazon States Language JSON files

An open-source web framework to help you develop and deploy serverless applications

A 10-minute tutorial that shows you how to design and run a simple serverless workflow

November 17, 2020

AWS Step Functions now supports Amazon API Gateway service integration

AWS Step Functions is now integrated with Amazon API Gateway REST and HTTP APIs, making it faster and easier to build application workflows including microservices created by API Gateway.

October 22, 2020

AWS Step Functions now supports Amazon Athena service integration

AWS Step Functions is now integrated with Amazon Athena, an interactive query service, allowing you to build workflows that queries data on your S3 data lake.

March 31, 2020

The AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code now supports AWS Step Functions

The AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code now supports AWS Step Functions, making it easier to create and visualize state machine based workflows without leaving your code editor.

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Reference architectures

Long Lived Transactions

Learn how to use AWS Step Functions to manage the complexities of long lived transactions across distributed components in your microservices architecture. You will also use Step Functions to implement the Saga design pattern.


Media Analytics

This reference implementation provides guidance to consider when extracting metadata from media files, and provides a serverless AWS solution that combines Amazon Rekognition, Amazon Transcribe, and Amazon Comprehend.

AWS Solutions

Video on Demand

This solution illustrates best practices for implementing video-on-demand on AWS. AWS Lambda triggers AWS Step Functions for ingest, processing, and publishing workflows, and AWS Elemental MediaConvert performs transcoding.

AWS Answers

Image processing and backend

Use AWS Step Functions to orchestrate a serverless processing workflow that processes photos uploaded to S3, extracts metadata from the image, uses image recognition to tag objects in the photo, and creates a photo thumbnail.


EBS Snapshot Management

This Snapshot Management Application demonstrates how to use AWS Step Functions with Amazon CloudWatch Events, AWS Lambda and AWS CloudFormation to build a serverless solution for EBS snapshot lifecycle management.

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Batch for Life Sciences

This companion tutorial to the Genomics Workflows on AWS blog series packages bioinformatics applications using Docker, creates an AWS Batch environment for analysis, and deploys Step Functions to control data processing.


Synchronize S3 buckets

Learn how to use AWS Step Functions to one-way synchronize an Amazon S3 source bucket into another S3 destination bucket in a reliable and efficient way, without having to create and populate a new bucket from scratch.

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Serverless State Management & Orchestration for Modern App

Learn how to leverage AWS Step Functions to design and run workflows for your serverless, containerized, and instance-based architectures.

ML Workflows with Amazon SageMaker and AWS Step Functions

Learn how you can build, train, and deploy machine learning workflows for Amazon SageMaker on AWS Step Functions, including serverless MLworkflows with less code.

Modernizing Media Supply Chains with AWS Serverless

Learn how Fox and Discovery modernized their media processing workflows with AWS Elemental Media Services, AWS Lambda, AWS Step Functions, Amazon API Gateway, and container toolsets.

State Machines in the Wild! How Customers use AWS Step Functions

A series of innovative, high-impact, and just plain crazy applications of state machines from all sorts of customers, including guest star Coca-Cola

Coordinate Microservices, Build Serverless Apps & Automate Tasks  

Hear how AWS customers like Yelp are using Step Functions to break down monoliths, automate recurring tasks, and reliably build and scale multi-step applications.  

Best Practices for Orchestrating AWS Lambda Workloads

See how Step Functions are different from Amazon SWF, how to get started with Step Functions, and how to use them to take your Lambda-based applications to the next level.

Media Intelligence for the Cloud with Amazon AI

Learn how to extract video metadata using Amazon AI services in combination with AWS Lambda, AWS Step Functions, Amazon ECS, and Amazon EC2 Spot Instances.

Automating Incident Response and Forensics

This session focuses on automating your cloud incident response processes covering external and insider threats, triggers, canaries, containment, and data loss prevention.

EC2/ECS Operations Magic with Step Functions

Michael Fischer, lead site reliability engineer at Segment, shares how they use Step Functions to manage EC2 and ECS to help their customers collect data.

Building Advanced Serverless Applications with AWS Step Functions

Hear how using Step Functions to build serverless apps can help developers create reliable products that scale while reclaiming time and energy.

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