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OpenFaaS functions can be triggered easily by any kind of event. A small piece of code will convert from the event-source and trigger the function using the OpenFaaS Gateway API.

The most common use-case is HTTP which acts as a lingua franca between internet-connected systems.


Looking to trigger a function on a schedule? Have a look at the Cron page for more information on how to use Kubernetes CronJob and other options such as the cron-connector.

HTTP / webhooks

This is the default, and standard method for interacting with your Functions.

The function URL follows the pattern of:

https://<gateway URL>:<port>/function/<function name>

Async / NATS Streaming

You can execute a function or microservice asynchronously by replacing /function/ with /async-function/ when accessing the endpoint via the OpenFaaS gateway.

The function URL follows the pattern of:

https://<gateway URL>:<port>/async-function/<function name>

You can also pass an X-Callback-Url header with the URL of another endpoint for the response.


Trigger a function using the faas-cli by using the function name

echo "triggered" | faas-cli invoke figlet

CLI invocation can also be async by passing the -a flag to the invoke call

Other Event Sources

Event-connector pattern

The OpenFaaS connector-pattern allows you to create a broker or separate microservice which maps functions to topics and invokes functions via the OpenFaaS Gateway meaning that the OpenFaaS code does not need to be modified per trigger/event-source.

Add your own event source

If you'd like to add an event source which is not listed below you can fork the OpenFaaS event connector SDK which is written in Go and use this to connect your pub/sub topics or message queues to functions in OpenFaaS.

Cron Connector

The cron-connector is an OpenFaaS event-connector which can be used to trigger functions on a timed-basis. It works with all OpenFaaS Providers.

MQTT Connector

The MQTT Connector can be used in conjunction with an MQTT broker such as or similar to respond to events from IoT devices and MQTT message producers.

Example usage: Drone tracking project for's session CES 2020.


OpenFaaS has a built-in queue system with NATS Streaming, however you can also invoke functions using the pub/sub mechanism of NATS.

View the nats-connector

Apache Kafka (OpenFaaS Pro)

Connect your function(s) to Apache Kafka topics.

See also: Staying on topic: trigger your OpenFaaS functions with Apache Kafka

AWS SQS (third-party project)

Connect your functions to AWS SQS queues using Form3's OpenFaaS AWS SQS connector: form3tech-oss/openfaas-sqs-connector

Minio / S3

You can trigger OpenFaaS functions using Minio's webhook or Kafka integration.


CloudEvents is a specification for describing event data in a common way.

Follow this example to learn how to trigger functions using the Azure EventGrid and CloudEvents.

More information in the repository: johnmccabe/cloudevents-slack-demo

AWS SNS (third-party project)

You can use AWS SNS to trigger functions using AWS SNS Notifications and Subscriptions. This approach can be used to export almost any data-source or event from your Amazon Web Services (AWS) console such as S3 of DynamoDB to an OpenFaaS function.

Find more information in the following repository: affix/OpenFaaS-SNS

Redis (third-party project)

Invoke functions using Redis pub/sub and the Sidekiq model.

View the sidekiq-connector

Note: the Redis connector currently has no support for gateways using Basic Authentication, but this is being worked on by the author.

RabbitMQ (third-party project)

Invoke functions from RabbitMQ topics

More information in the repository: Templum/rabbitmq-connector


You can trigger OpenFaaS functions using webhooks sent via the (if this, then that) service.

An example may be triggering a function which forwards Tweets about your brand or project to a given Slack channel. For this combination use the "Twitter search" Applet and have it trigger the "Make a web request" Applet giving the public URL of your OpenFaaS gateway and the receiver function such as

See an example of a function built to forward Tweets from IFTTTT to Slack using Golang: filter-tweets.

Visit to learn more.

VMware vCenter

The vcenter-connector by OpenFaaS is an event connector built to consume events from VMware's vCenter product.

With this project your functions can subscribe to events generated by the changes in your vCenter installation - for instance a VM being created, turned on or deleted. By using the connector you can extend the behaviours and functionality of vCenter and create custom workflows for your platform.

Status: under active development, available re-packaged from VMware as "VEBA".

Link: openfaas-vcenter-connector