What is Trigger

A Trigger is a representation of a Kubernetes object with the help of Aggregated API Servers. User can manually trigger a workflow by creating a Trigger resource. For this, workflow.spec.allowManualTrigger must be true. Note that, only create verb is available for this custom resource.

Trigger structure

As with all other Kubernetes objects, a Trigger needs apiVersion, kind, and metadata fields. It also includes .workflows and .request sections. Below is an example Trigger object:

kind: Trigger
  name: testing-manual-trigger
  namespace: default
- wf-manual-trigger
  apiVersion: v1
  kind: ConfigMap
    name: my-config
    namespace: default
    hello: world

Here, we are going to describe some important sections of Trigger object.


A list of workflows in the same namespace which will be considered for trigger. Note that, you need to specify at least one workflow name. You can also trigger all workflows in the same namespace by specifying * instead workflow names.


A complete representation of a Kubernetes object along with apiVersion, kind, and metadata fields. When a trigger is created, it will act as a fake create event for the object and can only be used to manually trigger a workflow without actually creating the object.

There are two possible triggering scenarios:

  • workflow.spec.triggers empty: You can trigger such workflows only using manual trigger. For that you should leave trigger.spec.request empty.
  • workflow.spec.triggers not empty: Your trigger.spec.request object must satisfy one of workflow.spec.triggers. You can also leave trigger.spec.request empty, but envFromPath will set to empty in that case.