Pipeline Error Handling

When a major failure occurs in one of the transforms, the pipeline is notified and halts all active operations. This is fine in most cases, pipeline failures are typically handled in the parent workflow (check the create workflow page to learn about error hops in workflows). In some cases however, there are errors you’ll want to handle gracefully without halting the entire pipeline.

In these cases where you don’t want your pipeline to fail when an error occurs, Hop pipelines support error handling on transforms and hops.

When you create a hop from a transform that supports error handling to another transform, the Hop pipeline editor will ask you if you want to create a hop for the main output or for the error handling of your transform.

Error handling hop option

If you choose to create an error handling transform, the hop will be shown in red instead of the default black (or white, if you’re in dark mode).

Error handling hop

For each transform that supports error handling, there are a number of options you can configure. Click on the transform icon to open the context dialog and selected the 'Error handling' icon.

Error handling context dialog

In the error handling dialog, you can specify additional fields that will be added to your pipeline stream.

Error handling dialog

The available options are:

option description

target transform

the transform that will receive the error information

enable the error handling

enable error handling from this transform

nr of errors fieldname

the nummer of errors that occurred in the pipeline

error description fieldname

fieldname to contain the error description

error fields fieldname

the pipeline field where an error occurred

error codes fieldname

the error code for the error that occurred

max nr errors allowed

max number of errors allowed before the pipeline fails.

max % errors allowed (empty = 100%)

the percentage of errors that is allowed before the pipeline fails

min nr of rows to read before doing % evaluation

number of rows to read before doing the percentage evaluation. These rows will be taken into account in the evaluation, but the evaluation will only be performed once the specified number of rows has been processed.

An example output when trying to cast an invalid date string to a date is shown below.

Error handling output