Wednesday 28 February 2024

How can we invoke or call flows from dataweave?87

 How can we invoke or call flows from dataweave?

In MuleSoft 4, while DataWeave itself doesn't directly "call" flows, it offers two primary mechanisms to trigger or invoke other flows:

1. Flow Reference (flow-ref Component):

This is the recommended approach for invoking flows from DataWeave. Here's how it works:

  • Flow Reference Configuration:

  • In your Mule flow definition, configure a flow-ref component.

  • Define the name of the flow you want to reference within the ref attribute of the flow-ref component.

  • Optionally, you can specify an attribute named target to assign the result of the referenced flow to a specific variable within your flow.

  • DataWeave Reference:

  • Within your DataWeave script, use the following syntax to reference the flow:


#[flow-ref: {name: 'yourFlowName'}]

* Replace `'yourFlowName'` with the actual name of the flow you configured in the `flow-ref` component.


  • Clear Separation: This approach maintains clear separation of concerns between data manipulation (DataWeave) and flow execution logic.

  • Flexibility: You can reference flows defined anywhere within your project, allowing for modular and reusable flow designs.



%dw 2.0
output application/json

// Data transformation logic using DataWeave
var transformedData = ...

// Reference another flow named "processData"
var processedData = #[flow-ref: {name: 'processData', target: 'processDataResult'}]

// Access the result of the referenced flow (if a target variable was defined)

2. Deprecated lookup Function:

While deprecated in MuleSoft 4, the lookup function is still available and can be used as an alternative:

  • DataWeave Script:

  • Use the lookup function within your DataWeave expression, specifying the name of the flow you want to invoke:


lookup('yourFlowName', payload)

* Replace `'yourFlowName'` with the actual name of the flow you want to call.
* Optionally, you can provide the payload data to be passed as input to the referenced flow.


  • Deprecated: Using a deprecated feature is not recommended due to potential security vulnerabilities and lack of future support from MuleSoft.

  • Limited Functionality: The lookup function lacks features like targeting a specific flow variable for the result, making it less flexible compared to the flow-ref approach.


While the lookup function is still technically usable, it's strongly recommended to use the flow-ref component for invoking flows from DataWeave in MuleSoft 4. It provides a more modern, flexible, and supported approach for flow interaction within your Mule applications.

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