Retry On Error

There are certain scenarios where a user would like to retry an activity when an error is encountered. To support this, a new feature Retry On Error has been included as part of release 0.9.4.

For this feature to function two areas need to be have configured: 1. Flow configuration 2. Runtime Code

Flow configuration

For an activity to be configured with Retry on error, a new node "retryOnError" must be added to the settings of the activity. There are two configuration attributes available on the "retryOnError" node:

  1. count:(int) The maximum number of times the activity can be retried in case of an error.
  2. interval: (int) The time in milliseconds between each retry attempt.

By default, the value for interval is 0, which implies each retry attempt will be executed immediately. For example, a sample rest activity configured with retryOnError will look as below:

  "id": "rest_3",
  "name": "REST Invoke",
  "description": "Invokes a REST Service",
  "settings": {
    "retryOnError": {
      "count": 3,
      "interval": 2000
  "activity": {
    "ref": "#rest",
    "settings": {
      "method": "GET",
      "uri": ""

The above activity will be retried for a maximum of three consecutive times when an error occurs. The activity will sleep for an interval of 2000ms between each retry attempt.

Runtime code

To make all functional the runtime code must return false with retriable error at eval method, engine will retry only on retriable error.

such as:

	resp, err := client.Do(req)
	if err != nil {
		if err2, ok := err.(*url.Error); ok {
			// Return retriable error
			return false, activity.NewRetriableError(err2.Error(), "", nil)
		log.Errorf("Failed to send request due to error: %s", err.Error())
		return false, err