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How to Heartbeat an Activity in Go

To Heartbeat in an Activity, use the RecordHeartbeat API.

progress := 0
for progress < 100 {
// Send heartbeat message to the server.
activity.RecordHeartbeat(ctx, progress)
// Do some work.

When an Activity Task Execution times out due to a missed Heartbeat, the last value of the details (progress in the above sample) is returned from the workflow.ExecuteActivity function as the details field of TimeoutError with TimeoutType set to Heartbeat.

You can also Heartbeat an Activity from an external source:

// The client is a heavyweight object that should be created once per process.
temporalClient, err := client.NewClient(client.Options{})
// Record heartbeat.
err := temporalClient.RecordActivityHeartbeat(ctx, taskToken, details)

The parameters of the RecordActivityHeartbeat function are:

  • taskToken: The value of the binary TaskToken field of the ActivityInfo struct retrieved inside the Activity.
  • details: The serializable payload containing progress information.

If an Activity Execution Heartbeats its progress before it failed, the retry attempt will have access to the progress information, so that the Activity Execution can resume from the failed state. Here's an example of how this can be implemented:

func SampleActivity(ctx context.Context, inputArg InputParams) error {
startIdx := inputArg.StartIndex
if activity.HasHeartbeatDetails(ctx) {
// Recover from finished progress.
var finishedIndex int
if err := activity.GetHeartbeatDetails(ctx, &finishedIndex); err == nil {
startIdx = finishedIndex + 1 // Start from next one.

// Normal Activity logic...
for i:=startIdx; i<inputArg.EndIdx; i++ {
// Code for processing item i goes here...
activity.RecordHeartbeat(ctx, i) // Report progress.