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Kog - process workflow engine. A cross-platform CLI to execute a PWE job.

Install with npm

npm install -g @f5-pwe/kog

# When running as root user: 

npm install -g -unsafe-perm @f5-pwe/kog

Verify you can run kog

npx kog run -f https://gitlab.com/f5-pwe/kog/raw/master/data/test/success.yaml

Execute Jobs

Kog supports executing a job either via docker directly or as a kubernetes job

  • --executor docker default.
    • Set in DOCKER_HOST environment variable to a valid docker host, for example tcp://localhost:2375
  • --executor k8s
    • This uses the KUBECONFIG env var and the current context to determine which cluster and namespace to use


There are few workflows checked in under data folder. The simplest workflow to execute is data/test/success.yaml, which executes echo command in alpine container.

npx kog run -f https://gitlab.com/f5-pwe/kog/raw/master/data/test/success.yaml
npx kog run -f /local/path/to/workflow.json

The --file|-f flag works for both remote and local files encoded in either json or yaml

Workflow Action Container Specification

  1. Containers MUST have an entrypoint that reads the KOG_CONTEXT env var as a base64 encoded json serialized Context
  2. Containers MUST print to stdout a prefixed line that contains the json serialized ActionResult
    • eg KOG:{"result":"success","rc":0,"message":"auto success","context":{"action_name":"auto-success","correlation_id":"btzb6nwmekwj","run_id":"btzb6nwmengl","step_name":"start","task_name":"success test"}
    • the context from the ActionResult is passed into the next step in the workflow
  3. IF you support the docker executor type your Docker file MUST have an ENV KOG_ENV_CONTEXT=true
    • Example Dockerfile
    • This is just to tell the docker executor to not use stdin to pass the context, this is how it used to be done and I did not want to break backwards compatibility


Every kog job and step has a Context that it is executed within. This context is passed to each workflow step, which can then use this context to configure details about how this step is configured. Each step returns a context that is used in the next step, so it is common to put results from this step into the context before returning it so the next step can use those details

  • --context /path/to/context.json

The --context flag works for both remote and local files encoded in either json or yaml

Environment Variables

There are three was to pass env vars to a workflow step

  1. --env VARIABLE=something
  2. --env-file /path/to/data.env this works for both remote and local files in the dotenv file format
  3. --import-current-env you SHOULD always use this with --ignore-env to exclude env vars you do NOT want passed to your workflow step

On docker the env variables are all passed in via --env and is thus inherently insecure, do NOT pass passwords, tokens, etc this way unless you are 100% running on a local docker daemon and are 100% sure the box is secure

On kubernetes all the env variables are saves as a kubernetes Secret then loaded into the job via the normal kubernetes methods. This is only remotely more secure then the docker method, so still do not pass passwords or tokens this way.

Volume Mounts

The docker executor supports mounting volumes into each step action, the symantics are identical to the docker --volume flag

Kubernetes does not yet support volume mounting. If you are interested in this feature feel free to do a MR


By default, Kog logs to console in logfmt format. It is possible to switch format to JSON by settings --log-formatter flag to json. The log settings will also be propagated to all spawned containers using passed context.

Remote Logging

To enable log aggregation, it is useful to set --remote-logger flag to syslog. You can also specify the remote logger address --remote-logger-addr which is useful if you are passing your logs to logstash or some other log aggregation tool Enabling remote logger does not disable local logs, but adds a handler to ship logs to a remote location.

Status Notification

To enable step result notifications, set --notifier flag to either console, or https://url.example.com/kog/notifications This will enable sending a notification on every step start to keep track of a job progress. You can specify multiple notifiers for each run

HTTP Notifiers

passing a url to the notifier flag will enable kog to make an http POST request to that URL with the json serialized pwe.Job object as the body

Return Codes

By default the kog run command will use the job status to map to return codes, use --use-job-rc=false to always return 0 (except for issues with the kog command itself)


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