This topic describes the basics and examples of choice steps, and related conditional expressions.


Choice steps allow execution of different steps in a flow, similar to switch-case in programming languages. A choice step contains multiple choices and a default. Each choice contains a conditional expression, several steps, and goto instructions. The default contains only several steps and goto instructions. When the flow proceeds to a choice step, the system evaluates whether the conditional expressions return True in the defined sequence.

  • If True is returned, the steps and then goto instructions defined in the corresponding choice are executed.
  • If no choice returns True, the steps and goto instructions defined in the default are executed.
  • If no default is defined, the choice step ends.

A choice step contains the following attributes:

  • type: Required. The step type. The value choice indicates that the step is a choice step.
  • name: Required. The step name.
  • choices: Required. Multiple choices of the array type. Each element corresponds to a choice.
    • condition: Required. The conditional expression. Conditional expressions reference step inputs based on JSON paths ($.key).
    • steps: Optional. The multiple serial steps defined for a choice.
    • goto: Optional. The name of the target step, which must be parallel to the current choice step.
  • default: Required. The default.
    • steps: Optional. The multiple serial steps defined for the default.
    • goto: Optional. The name of the target step, which must be parallel to the current choice step.
  • end: Optional. Specifies whether to proceed with the subsequent steps after the current step ends.
  • inputMappings: Optional. The input mappings.
  • outputMappings: Optional. The output mappings. The $local of this step indicates the execution result of the choice branch.
    Note If no output mappings are specified, $local is used as the output of this step by default.


The following sample flow defines a choice step.

  • If the value of status in the input is ready, the pass1, pass3, and final steps of the first choice are executed in sequence.
  • If the value of status in the input is failed, the goto instructions of the second choice are executed, the choice step ends, and the final step is executed.
  • If the value of status in the input is neither ready nor failed, the default is executed. In other words, the pass2 and final steps are executed.
version: v1
type: flow
  - type: choice
    name: mychoice
      - condition: $.status == "ready"
        # choice with steps
          - type: pass
            name: pass1
      - condition: $.status == "failed"
        # choice with goto
        goto: final
      # choice with both steps and goto
        - type: pass
          name: pass2
      goto: final
  - type: pass
    name: pass3
  - type: pass
    name: final            

Conditional expressions

A conditional expression consists of the following operations and variables:

  • Comparison operations: >>=<<===! =. They are applicable to strings and numbers.
  • Logical operations: ||&&.
  • String constants: A string constant is enclosed in double quotation marks (") or grave accents (`), for example, "foobar" or `foobar`.
  • Numeric constants: 112.5.
  • Boolean constants: true or false.
  • Prefix: !-.
  • Contain: in, which is used to determine whether an array contains a value or whether an object contains a key value.

The following example shows the execution results of steps for different conditional expressions.

  "a": 1,
  "b": {
    "b1": true,
    "b2": "ready"
  "c": [1, 2, 3],
  "d": 1,
  "e": 1,
  "f": {
    "f1": false,
    "f2": "inprogress"
Conditional expression Result
$.a == 1 true
$.a==1 true
$.a == 2 false
$.a > 0 true
0 < $.a true
$.a >= 1 true
$.a ! = 2 true
$.b.b1 true
$.b.b1 == true true
$.b.b1 == false false
$.b.b2 == "ready" true
$.b.b2 == `ready` true
$.b.b2 == "inprogress" false
$.a == 1 && $.b.b1 true
$.a == 1 || $.b.b1 true
$.a == 2 && $.b.b1 false
$.a == 2 || $.b.b1 true
$.c[0] == 1 true
$.c[0] == $.a true