Launch Plans#

A launch plan is a template for a workflow invocation. It brings together:

When invoked, the launch plan starts the workflow, passing the inputs as parameters. If the launch plan does not contain the entire set of required workflow inputs, additional input arguments must be provided at execution time.

Every workflow automatically comes with a default launch plan. This launch plan does not define any default inputs, so they must all be provided at execution time. A default launch plan always has the same name as its workflow.

Like tasks and workflows, launch plans are versioned. A launch plan can be updated to change, for example, the set of inputs, the schedule, or the notifications. Each update creates a new version of the launch plan.

Additional launch plans, other than the default one, can be defined for any workflow. In general, a given workflow can be associated with multiple launch plans, but a given launch plan is always associated with exactly one workflow.

Viewing launch plans for a workflow#

To view the launch plans for a given workflow, in the Union console, navigate to the workflow’s page and click Launch Workflow. You can choose which launch plan to use to launch the workflow from the Launch Plan dropdown menu. The default launch plan will be selected by default. If you have not defined any custom launch plans for the workflow, only the default plan will be available. If you have defined one or more custom launch plans, they will be available in the dropdown menu along with the default launch plan.

my_workflow_custom_lp

For more details, see Running Launch Plans.

Registering a launch plan#

Registering a launch plan on the command line with unionai or uctl#

In most cases, launch plans are defined alongside the workflows and tasks in your project code and registered as a bundle with the other entities using unionai or uctl( See Registering workflows).

Registering a launch plan in Python with UnionRemote#

As with all Union command line actions, you can also perform registration of launch plans programmatically with UnionRemote, specifically, UnionRemote.register_launch_plan.

Results of registration#

When the code above is registered to Union, it results in the creation of four objects:

  • The task workflows.launch_plan_example.my_task

  • The workflow workflows.launch_plan_example.my_workflow

  • The default launch plan workflows.launch_plan_example.my_workflow (notice that it has the same name as the workflow)

  • The custom launch plan my_workflow_custom_lp (this is the one we defined in the code above)

Changing a launch plan#

Launch plans are changed by altering their definition in code and re-registering. When a launch plan with the same project, domain, and name as a preexisting one is re-registered, a new version of that launch plan is created.