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You can now customize the return value from your pipeline!

This post has been republished via RSS; it originally appeared at: New blog articles in Microsoft Community Hub.

When building complex workflows in the cloud with Azure Data Factory and Azure Synapse Pipelines, a very common pattern is to separate different workflow branches into child pipelines. Now you can customize the output of your pipeline and consume that return value from the calling pipeline.


In this simple example of a parent pipeline below, I have an execute pipeline activity that is calling a child pipeline. The executed pipeline will return a custom value after it has been executed. I am then consuming that return value in the subsequent activity in my parent pipeline. The 2nd activity below is a Script activity which I am using for logging and I use the expression below to grab the return value from the previous activity.



You can set the return value to either an expression or a static value. The expression to use in the parent pipeline is available as part of the pipeline expression builder:



The ADF pipeline expression builder provides quick access to the return value (preview) that I set in the child pipeline using Set Variable. Notice that I called my return value variable "myval" so that I can then access it from the parent pipeline after the previous activity expression like this: 

@activity('Execute Pipeline1').output.pipelineReturnValue.myval

The mechanism used to set the pipeline return value is from the Set Variable activity which has been enhanced to now allow an option for either a user-defined variable (previously the only option) or now you can choose "Pipeline return value (preview)". Choose a name for your return value variable and then set it either to a static value or an expression.


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