SFN / Client / get_activity_task



Used by workers to retrieve a task (with the specified activity ARN) which has been scheduled for execution by a running state machine. This initiates a long poll, where the service holds the HTTP connection open and responds as soon as a task becomes available (i.e. an execution of a task of this type is needed.) The maximum time the service holds on to the request before responding is 60 seconds. If no task is available within 60 seconds, the poll returns a taskToken with a null string.


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Workers should set their client side socket timeout to at least 65 seconds (5 seconds higher than the maximum time the service may hold the poll request).

Polling with GetActivityTask can cause latency in some implementations. See Avoid Latency When Polling for Activity Tasks in the Step Functions Developer Guide.

See also: AWS API Documentation

Request Syntax

response = client.get_activity_task(
  • activityArn (string) –


    The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the activity to retrieve tasks from (assigned when you create the task using CreateActivity.)

  • workerName (string) – You can provide an arbitrary name in order to identify the worker that the task is assigned to. This name is used when it is logged in the execution history.

Return type:



Response Syntax

    'taskToken': 'string',
    'input': 'string'

Response Structure

  • (dict) –

    • taskToken (string) –

      A token that identifies the scheduled task. This token must be copied and included in subsequent calls to SendTaskHeartbeat, SendTaskSuccess or SendTaskFailure in order to report the progress or completion of the task.

    • input (string) –

      The string that contains the JSON input data for the task. Length constraints apply to the payload size, and are expressed as bytes in UTF-8 encoding.


  • SFN.Client.exceptions.ActivityDoesNotExist

  • SFN.Client.exceptions.ActivityWorkerLimitExceeded

  • SFN.Client.exceptions.InvalidArn