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Go client - Getting started guide

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Go client in a Go application to interact with Camunda Cloud.

You can find the complete source code on GitHub.


Set up a project#

First, we need a new Go project. To do this, complete the following steps:

  1. Create a new project using your IDE, or create a new Go module with the following command:
mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/ $GOPATH/src/ mod init
  1. To use the Zeebe Go client library, add the following dependency to your go.mod:
go 1.13
require v0.26.0
  1. Set the connection settings and client credentials as environment variables:

When you create client credentials in Camunda Cloud, you have the option to download a file with the lines above filled out for you.

  1. Create a main.go file inside the module and add the following lines to bootstrap the Zeebe client:
package main
import (    "context"    "fmt"    ""    ""    "os")
func main() {    client, err := zbc.NewClient(&zbc.ClientConfig{        GatewayAddress: os.Getenv("ZEEBE_ADDRESS"),    })
    if err != nil {        panic(err)    }
    ctx := context.Background()    topology, err := client.NewTopologyCommand().Send(ctx)    if err != nil {        panic(err)    }
    for _, broker := range topology.Brokers {        fmt.Println("Broker", broker.Host, ":", broker.Port)        for _, partition := range broker.Partitions {            fmt.Println("  Partition", partition.PartitionId, ":", roleToString(partition.Role))        }    }}
func roleToString(role pb.Partition_PartitionBrokerRole) string {    switch role {    case pb.Partition_LEADER:        return "Leader"    case pb.Partition_FOLLOWER:        return "Follower"    default:        return "Unknown"    }}
  1. Run the program.
go run main.go

You should see a similar output:

Broker : 26501  Partition 1 : Leader

Model a process#

Now, we need a simple process we can deploy. Later, we will extend the process with more functionality. For now, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the modeler of your choice and create a new BPMN diagram.

  2. Add a start event named Order Placed and an end event named Order Delivered to the diagram. Then, connect the events.


  1. Set the id (the BPMN process id), and mark the diagram as executable.

  2. Save the diagram as src/main/resources/order-process.bpmn under the project's folder.

Deploy a process#

Next, we want to deploy the modeled process to the broker.

The broker stores the process under its BPMN process id and assigns a version.

    // After the client is created    ctx := context.Background()    response, err := client.NewDeployProcessCommand().AddResourceFile("order-process.bpmn").Send(ctx)    if err != nil {        panic(err)    }    fmt.Println(response.String())

Run the program and verify the process deployed successfully.

You should see a similar output:

key:2251799813686743 processes:<bpmnProcessId:"order-process" version:3 processKey:2251799813686742 resourceName:"order-process.bpmn" >

Create a process instance#

We are ready to create our first instance of the deployed process.

A process instance is created by a specific version of the process, which can be set on creation.

    // After the process is deployed.    variables := make(map[string]interface{})    variables["orderId"] = "31243"
    request, err := client.NewCreateInstanceCommand().BPMNProcessId("order-process").LatestVersion().VariablesFromMap(variables)    if err != nil {        panic(err)    }
    ctx := context.Background()
    msg, err := request.Send(ctx)    if err != nil {        panic(err)    }

Run the program and verify the process instance is created. You should see an output similar to below:

processKey:2251799813686742 bpmnProcessId:"order-process" version:3 processInstanceKey:2251799813686744

You did it!

See the process in action#

Want to see how the process instance is executed? Follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the cluster in Camunda Cloud and select it.
  2. Click on the link to Operate.
  3. Select the process order process.

As you can see, a process instance has been started and finished.

Work on a task#

Now, we want to do some work within our process. Follow the steps below:

  1. Add a few service tasks to the BPMN diagram and set the required attributes.

  2. Extend your main.go file and activate a job. These are created when the process instance reaches a service task.

  3. Open the BPMN diagram in the modeler. Insert three service tasks between the start and the end event.

  • Name the first task Collect Money.
  • Name the second task Fetch Items.
  • Name the third task Ship Parcel.


  1. Set the type of each task, which identifies the nature of the work to be performed.
  • Set the type of the first task to payment-service.
  • Set the type of the second task to fetcher-service.
  • Set the type of the third task to shipping-service.

The consolidated example looks as follows:

package main
import (    "context"    "fmt"    ""    ""    ""    "log"    "os")
const ZeebeAddr = ""
var readyClose = make(chan struct{})
func main() {    gatewayAddr := os.Getenv("ZEEBE_ADDRESS")    plainText:= false
    if (gatewayAddr == "") {        gatewayAddr = ZeebeAddr        plainText = true    }
    zbClient, err := zbc.NewClient(&zbc.ClientConfig{        GatewayAddress:         gatewayAddr,        UsePlaintextConnection: plainText,    })
    if err != nil {        panic(err)    }
    // deploy process    ctx := context.Background()    response, err := zbClient.NewDeployProcessCommand().AddResourceFile("order-process-4.bpmn").Send(ctx)    if err != nil {        panic(err)    }
    // create a new process instance    variables := make(map[string]interface{})    variables["orderId"] = "31243"
    request, err := zbClient.NewCreateInstanceCommand().BPMNProcessId("order-process-4").LatestVersion().VariablesFromMap(variables)    if err != nil {        panic(err)    }
    result, err := request.Send(ctx)    if err != nil {        panic(err)    }
    jobWorker := zbClient.NewJobWorker().JobType("payment-service").Handler(handleJob).Open()
    <-readyClose    jobWorker.Close()    jobWorker.AwaitClose()}
func handleJob(client worker.JobClient, job entities.Job) {    jobKey := job.GetKey()
    headers, err := job.GetCustomHeadersAsMap()    if err != nil {        // failed to handle job as we require the custom job headers        failJob(client, job)        return    }
    variables, err := job.GetVariablesAsMap()    if err != nil {        // failed to handle job as we require the variables        failJob(client, job)        return    }
    variables["totalPrice"] = 46.50    request, err := client.NewCompleteJobCommand().JobKey(jobKey).VariablesFromMap(variables)    if err != nil {        // failed to set the updated variables        failJob(client, job)        return    }
    log.Println("Complete job", jobKey, "of type", job.Type)    log.Println("Processing order:", variables["orderId"])    log.Println("Collect money using payment method:", headers["method"])
    ctx := context.Background()    _, err = request.Send(ctx)    if err != nil {        panic(err)    }
    log.Println("Successfully completed job")    close(readyClose)}
func failJob(client worker.JobClient, job entities.Job) {    log.Println("Failed to complete job", job.GetKey())
    ctx := context.Background()    _, err := client.NewFailJobCommand().JobKey(job.GetKey()).Retries(job.Retries - 1).Send(ctx)    if err != nil {        panic(err)    }}

In this example, we open a job worker for jobs of type payment-service.

The job worker will repeatedly poll for new jobs of the type payment-service and activate them subsequently. Each activated job will then be passed to the job handler, which implements the business logic of the job worker.

The handler will then complete the job with its result or fail the job if it encounters a problem while processing the job.

When observing the Zeebe Monitor, you can see the process instance moved from the first service task to the next one.

When you run the example above, you should see a similar output to the following:

key:2251799813686751 processes:<bpmnProcessId:"order-process" version:4 processKey:2251799813686750 resourceName:"order-process.bpmn" >processKey:2251799813686750 bpmnProcessId:"order-process" version:4 processInstanceKey:22517998136867522019/06/06 20:59:50 Complete job 2251799813686760 of type payment-service2019/06/06 20:59:50 Processing order: 312432019/06/06 20:59:50 Collect money using payment method: VISA2019/06/06 20:59:50 Successfully completed job

What's next?#

Yay! You finished this tutorial and learned the basic usage of the Go client.

Next steps: