A trigger is a set of instructions that determine when or how a pipeline should run. A pipeline can have 1 or more triggers.

There are 3 types of triggers:

  1. Schedule
  2. Event
  3. API


A schedule-type trigger will instruct the pipeline to run after a start date and on a set interval.

Currently, the frequency pipelines can be scheduled for include:

  • Run exactly once
  • Hourly
  • Daily
  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every N minutes (coming soon)


An event-type trigger will instruct the pipeline to run whenever a specific event occurs.

For example, you can have a pipeline start running when a database query is finished executing or when a new object is created in Amazon S3 or Google Storage.

You can also trigger a pipeline using your own custom event by making a POST request to the http://localhost/api/events endpoint with a custom event payload.

Check out this tutorial on how to create an event trigger.


An API-type trigger will instruct the pipeline to run after a specific API call is made.

You can make a POST request to an endpoint provided in the UI when creating or editing a trigger. You can optionally include runtime variables in your request payload.

Additional trigger settings

  • Overwrite global variables
    • You can overwrite the global variables that are defined in the pipeline to differentiate the variables used in different triggers.
    • The Overwrite global variables option won’t show if you don’t have any global variables defined in the pipeline.
  • (Schedule triggers only) Skip run if previous run still in progress
    • Enabling this setting will tell the scheduler to not initialize the current run if any previous run for this trigger is still in progress.
  • (Schedule triggers only) [available starting in v0.9.62] Create initial pipeline run if start date is before current execution period
    • Enabling this setting will create an initial pipeline run if the pipeline schedule’s current execution date is after its start datetime but before the current time.
    • For example, if the current time is 1/4/24 12:00 UTC and you create a daily trigger with a start date of 1/3/24 12:00 UTC and then enable it, a pipeline run with execution date 2024-01-04 00:00 (after the start date time but before the current time) gets immediately created, even though the “next run date” is 2024-01-05 00:00, which is the next pipeline run date in the future after 1/4/24 12:00.
  • Allow blocks to fail
    • Enabling this setting will tell the scheduler to continue running the trigger even if a block in the pipeline fails during the execution. The pipeline will continue to run blocks that are not dependent on the failed blocks until the pipeline is complete.