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Output Parameters

Output parameters provide a general mechanism to use the result of a step as a parameter rather than as an artifact. This allows you to use the result from any type of step, not just a script, for conditional tests, loops, and arguments. Output parameters work similarly to script result except that the value of the output parameter is set to the contents of a generated file rather than the contents of stdout.

apiVersion: argoproj.io/v1alpha1
kind: Workflow
metadata:
  generateName: output-parameter-
spec:
  entrypoint: output-parameter
  templates:
  - name: output-parameter
    steps:
    - - name: generate-parameter
        template: whalesay
    - - name: consume-parameter
        template: print-message
        arguments:
          parameters:
          # Pass the hello-param output from the generate-parameter step as the message input to print-message
          - name: message
            value: "{{steps.generate-parameter.outputs.parameters.hello-param}}"

  - name: whalesay
    container:
      image: docker/whalesay:latest
      command: [sh, -c]
      args: ["echo -n hello world > /tmp/hello_world.txt"]  # generate the content of hello_world.txt
    outputs:
      parameters:
      - name: hello-param  # name of output parameter
        valueFrom:
          path: /tmp/hello_world.txt # set the value of hello-param to the contents of this hello-world.txt

  - name: print-message
    inputs:
      parameters:
      - name: message
    container:
      image: docker/whalesay:latest
      command: [cowsay]
      args: ["{{inputs.parameters.message}}"]

DAG templates use the tasks prefix to refer to another task, for example {{tasks.generate-parameter.outputs.parameters.hello-param}}.

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