Handle AWS Batch job failures in Slack

Michael Wittig – 27 Dec 2017

AWS Batch runs batch computing jobs for you.

With marbot, you get alerts in Slack when a job fails.


  1. You need to create an SNS topic
  2. Configure your SNS topic to allow messages from CloudWatch Events

Set up instructions

  1. Visit https://console.aws.amazon.com/cloudwatch/home?region=us-east-1
  2. Click on the Rules link on the left
  3. Click on the Create rule button
    Setting up Batch alerts
  4. In the Event Source section, click on the Edit link
    Setting up Batch alerts
  5. Paste the following JSON into the text area

    "source": [
    "detail-type": [
    "Batch Job State Change"
    "detail": {
    "status": [
  6. Save by clicking the Save button

  7. In the Targets section, click on the Add target button
  8. Select SNS topic
  9. Set Topic to marbot or your other SNS topic name
    Setting up Batch alerts
  10. Save by clicking the Configure detail button
  11. In the next step, set a Name and save by clicking the Create rule button.

Sample Alert

To simulate an alert, you need a Batch job that fails. The following alert will be triggered by marbot soon.

Batch Alert

Michael Wittig

Michael Wittig

I’m the author of Amazon Web Services in Action. I work as a software engineer, and independent consultant focused on AWS and DevOps.

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