Pipeline Executor transform Icon Pipeline Executor


The Pipeline Executor transform allows you to execute a Hop pipeline from within a pipeline. It is similar to the Workflow Executor transform, but works with pipelines.

Supported Engines

Hop Engine



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Depending on your requirements, the Pipeline Executor transform can be configured to function in any of the following ways:

  • By default, the specified pipeline will be executed once for each input row. You can use the input row to set parameters and variables. The executor transform then passes this row to the pipeline in the form of a result row.

  • You can also pass a group of records based on the value in a field, so that when the field value changes dynamically, the specified pipeline is executed. In these cases, the first row in the group of rows is used to set parameters or variables in the pipeline.

  • You can launch multiple copies of this transform to assist in parallel pipeline processing.

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Option Description

Transform name

Name of the transform.


Use this section to specify the pipeline to execute. You have the following options to specify the pipeline:

  • Use a file for the pipeline: when this option is enabled, you can enter the the .hpl file that is to be used as pipeline. The filename may contain variables (for example, you can use the built-in Internal.Pipeline.Filename.Directory variable to construct a filename relative to the current pipeline), or you can use the "Browse" button to select a file using a file browser.

Pipeline from field?

Enable to specify the pipeline file name(s) in a field in the input stream

Pipeline field

When the previous option is enabled, you can specify the field that will contain the pipeline filename(s) at runtime. The filename may contain variables.

NOTE: It must be considered that, by specifying the pipeline file name using this option, we can experience a little performance penalty because the pipeline that will be executed will be initialized at runtime and not during the initialization phase as usual. On the other side this option gives greater flexibility in specifying the pipeline filename dynamically and this could be useful for many use-cases.

Parameter Tab

In this tab you can specify which field to use to set a certain parameter or variable value. If multiple rows are passed to the workflow, the first row is taken to set the parameters or variables.

Option Description

Variable / Parameter name

The Parameters tab allows you to define or pass Hop variables down to the pipeline.

Field to use

Specify which field to use to set a certain parameter or variable value. If you specify an input field to use, the static input value is not used.

Static input value

Instead of a field to use you can specify a static value here.

If you enable the "Inherit all variables from the pipeline" option, all the variables defined in the parent pipeline are passed to the pipeline.

There is a button in the lower right corner of the tab that will insert all the defined parameters of the specified pipeline. For information the description of the parameter is inserted into the static input value field.

Row Grouping Tab

On this tab you can specify the amount of input rows that are passed to the pipeline in the form of result rows. You can use the result rows in a Get rows from result transform in a pipeline.

Option Description

The number of rows to send to the pipeline

after every X rows the pipeline will be executed and these X rows will be passed to the pipeline

Field to group rows on

Rows will be accumulated in a group as long as the field value stays the same. If the value changes the pipeline will be executed and the accumulated rows will be passed to the pipeline.

The time to wait collecting rows before execution

This is time in Milliseconds the transform will spend accumulating rows prior to the execution of the pipeline.

Execution Results Tab

You can specify result fields and to which transform to send them. If you don’t need a certain result simply leave a blank input field.

Result Rows Tab

In the "Result rows" tab you can specify the layout of the expected result rows of this pipeline and to which transform to send them after execution.

Please note that this transform will verify that the data type of the result row fields are identical to what is specified. If there is a difference an error will be thrown.

Result Files Tab

Here you can specify where to send the result files from the pipeline execution.