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Namespace: activity

This package's main export is Context. Get the current Activity's context with Context.current():

import { Context } from '@temporalio/activity';

export async function myActivity() {
const context = Context.current();

Any function can be used as an Activity as long as its parameters and return value are serializable using a DataConverter.


Activity Cancellation:

  • lets the Activity know it doesn't need to keep doing work, and
  • gives the Activity time to clean up any resources it has created.

Activities can only receive Cancellation if they emit heartbeats or are Local Activities (which can't heartbeat but receive Cancellation anyway).

An Activity may receive Cancellation if:

  • The Workflow scope containing the Activity call was requested to be Cancelled and ActivityOptions.cancellationType was not set to ActivityCancellationType.ABANDON. The scope can be cancelled in either of the following ways:
    • The entire Workflow was Cancelled (via WorkflowHandle.cancel).
    • Calling CancellationScope.cancel) from inside a Workflow.
  • The Worker has started to shut down. Shutdown is initiated by either:
    • One of the RuntimeOptions.shutdownSignals was sent to the process.
    • Worker.shutdown | Worker.shutdown() was called.
  • The Activity was considered failed by the Server because any of the Activity timeouts have triggered (for example, the Server didn't receive a heartbeat within the ActivityOptions.heartbeatTimeout). The CancelledFailure will have message: 'TIMED_OUT'.
  • An Activity sends a heartbeat with Context.current().heartbeat() and the heartbeat details can't be converted by the Worker's configured DataConverter.
  • The Workflow Run reached a Closed state, in which case the CancelledFailure will have message: 'NOT_FOUND'.

The reason for the Cancellation is available at CancelledFailure.message or Context.cancellationSignal.reason.

There are two ways to handle Activity Cancellation:

  1. await on Context.current().cancelled or Context.current().sleep(), which each throw a CancelledFailure.
  2. Pass the context's AbortSignal at Context.current().cancellationSignal to a library that supports it.


An Activity that sends progress heartbeats and can be Cancelled

import { CancelledFailure, Context } from '@temporalio/activity';

export async function fakeProgress(sleepIntervalMs = 1000): Promise<void> {
try {
// allow for resuming from heartbeat
const startingPoint = Context.current().info.heartbeatDetails || 1;
console.log('Starting activity at progress:', startingPoint);
for (let progress = startingPoint; progress <= 100; ++progress) {
// simple utility to sleep in activity for given interval or throw if Activity is cancelled
// don't confuse with Workflow.sleep which is only used in Workflow functions!
console.log('Progress:', progress);
await Context.current().sleep(sleepIntervalMs);
} catch (err) {
if (err instanceof CancelledFailure) {
console.log('Fake progress activity cancelled', err.message);
// Cleanup
throw err;

An Activity that makes a cancellable HTTP request

It passes the AbortSignal to fetch: fetch(url, { signal: Context.current().cancellationSignal }).

import fetch from 'node-fetch';
import { Context } from '@temporalio/activity';

export async function cancellableFetch(url: string): Promise<Uint8Array> {
const response = await fetch(url, { signal: Context.current().cancellationSignal });
const contentLengthHeader = response.headers.get('Content-Length');
if (contentLengthHeader === null) {
throw new Error('expected Content-Length header to be set');
const contentLength = parseInt(contentLengthHeader);
let bytesRead = 0;
const chunks: Buffer[] = [];

for await (const chunk of response.body) {
if (!(chunk instanceof Buffer)) {
throw new TypeError('Expected Buffer');
bytesRead += chunk.length;
Context.current().heartbeat(bytesRead / contentLength);
return Buffer.concat(chunks);





Re-exports ActivityFunction


Re-exports ActivityInterface


Re-exports ApplicationFailure


Re-exports CancelledFailure


Re-exports UntypedActivities


Re-exports msToNumber