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A Trigger belongs to a broker, and is used to route events from a Broker to a Target. A Broker can have multiple Triggers, and each Trigger has its own filters which are used to determine if an event should fire the trigger. When an event lands on a Broker, it is evaluated against all that Broker's Triggers and will fire every Trigger whose filters are a match. This allows for publish-subscribe style communication.


tmctl create trigger --eventTypes <type1,type2> --target <targetname>

tmctl provides easy definition of Triggers. Just like any other TriggerMesh component, tmctl assumes that the Trigger should be assigned to the current Broker, but a different Broker can be specified with the --broker parameter.

The only required parameter for a Trigger with tmctl is --target which specifies the name of the target that should be used to deliver the event to an external consumer.

The --eventTypes parameter is used to specify which event types should match this Trigger's filter. If an array of types is provided, for example --eventTypes mytype1, mytype2 then events matching either type will fire the Trigger (OR logic). If no --eventTypes are provided, a catch-all Trigger will be created, that fires against every event that lands on the Broker. Warning: catch-all Triggers can create event loops when used incorrectly and are generally best avoided.

As a shortcut, you can also use --source to specify the name of the source component that you want to use to fire the Trigger. Under the hood, tmctl will figure our the right filter to create based on the types of events emitted by that source.


The Trigger custom resource definition lets you create Trigger objects on Kubernetes. Below is an example of a Trigger object definition:

kind: Trigger
  name: mytrigger
    kind: RedisBroker
    name: mybroker
      kind: cloudeventstarget
      name: cloudeventstarget
  filters: <Filter specification. See 'Filtering Events' section in this doc>

The key elements of a Trigger object are:

  • The Broker on which the Trigger will run
  • The Target to which events will be delivered. It must be set to either a Kubernetes object that can be resolved to an URI, or simply a URI.
  • The filters which contain a set of filter expressions that evaluate which events should fire the Trigger. The absence of a filter results in a catch-all Trigger. See Trigger filters for details.
  • The optional Delivery section to configure retries and dead-lettering. See delivery for details on configuring event delivery.

The example below shows how to use a URI rather than a resolvable Kubernetes object as a target. The context of this example is that we're running NGINX as a Knative service on a development cluster and routing events to it directly from a Trigger:

kind: Trigger