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Azure Event Grid binding spec

Detailed documentation on the Azure Event Grid binding component

Component format

To setup Azure Event Grid binding create a component of type See this guide on how to create and apply a binding configuration.

See this for Azure Event Grid documentation.

kind: Component
  name: <name>
  version: v1
  # Required Input Binding Metadata
  - name: tenantId
    value: "[AzureTenantId]"
  - name: subscriptionId
    value: "[AzureSubscriptionId]"
  - name: clientId
    value: "[ClientId]"
  - name: clientSecret
    value: "[ClientSecret]"
  - name: subscriberEndpoint
    value: "[SubscriberEndpoint]"
  - name: handshakePort
    value: [HandshakePort]
  - name: scope
    value: "[Scope]"
  # Optional Input Binding Metadata
  - name: eventSubscriptionName
    value: "[EventSubscriptionName]"
  # Required Output Binding Metadata
  - name: accessKey
    value: "[AccessKey]"
  - name: topicEndpoint
    value: "[TopicEndpoint]"

Spec metadata fields

Field Required Binding support Details Example
tenantId Y Input The Azure tenant id in which this Event Grid Event Subscription should be created "tenentID"
subscriptionId Y Input The Azure subscription id in which this Event Grid Event Subscription should be created "subscriptionId"
clientId Y Input The client id that should be used by the binding to create or update the Event Grid Event Subscription "clientId"
clientSecret Y Input The client id that should be used by the binding to create or update the Event Grid Event Subscription "clientSecret"
subscriberEndpoint Y Input The https endpoint in which Event Grid will handshake and send Cloud Events. If you aren’t re-writing URLs on ingress, it should be in the form of: https://[YOUR HOSTNAME]/api/events If testing on your local machine, you can use something like ngrok to create a public endpoint. "https://[YOUR HOSTNAME]/api/events"
handshakePort Y Input The container port that the input binding will listen on for handshakes and events "9000"
scope Y Input The identifier of the resource to which the event subscription needs to be created or updated. See here for more details "/subscriptions/{subscriptionId}/"
eventSubscriptionName N Input The name of the event subscription. Event subscription names must be between 3 and 64 characters in length and should use alphanumeric letters only "name"
accessKey Y Output The Access Key to be used for publishing an Event Grid Event to a custom topic "accessKey"
topicEndpoint Y Output The topic endpoint in which this output binding should publish events "topic-endpoint"


Scope is the identifier of the resource to which the event subscription needs to be created or updated. The scope can be a subscription, or a resource group, or a top level resource belonging to a resource provider namespace, or an Event Grid topic. For example:

  • '/subscriptions/{subscriptionId}/' for a subscription
  • '/subscriptions/{subscriptionId}/resourceGroups/{resourceGroupName}' for a resource group
  • '/subscriptions/{subscriptionId}/resourceGroups/{resourceGroupName}/providers/{resourceProviderNamespace}/{resourceType}/{resourceName}' for a resource
  • '/subscriptions/{subscriptionId}/resourceGroups/{resourceGroupName}/providers/Microsoft.EventGrid/topics/{topicName}' for an Event Grid topic

Values in braces {} should be replaced with actual values.

Binding support

This component supports both input and output binding interfaces.

This component supports output binding with the following operations:

  • create

Additional information

Event Grid Binding creates an event subscription when Dapr initializes. Your Service Principal needs to have the RBAC permissions to enable this.

# First ensure that Azure Resource Manager provider is registered for Event Grid
az provider register --namespace Microsoft.EventGrid
az provider show --namespace Microsoft.EventGrid --query "registrationState"
# Give the SP needed permissions so that it can create event subscriptions to Event Grid
az role assignment create --assignee <clientId> --role "EventGrid EventSubscription Contributor" --scopes <scope>

Make sure to also to add quotes around the [HandshakePort] in your Event Grid binding component because Kubernetes expects string values from the config.

Testing locally

  • Install ngrok
  • Run locally using custom port 9000 for handshakes
# Using random port 9000 as an example
ngrok http --host-header=localhost 9000
  • Configure the ngrok’s HTTPS endpoint and custom port to input binding metadata
  • Run Dapr
# Using default ports for .NET core web api and Dapr as an example
dapr run --app-id dotnetwebapi --app-port 5000 --dapr-http-port 3500 dotnet run

Testing on Kubernetes

Azure Event Grid requires a valid HTTPS endpoint for custom webhooks. Self signed certificates won’t do. In order to enable traffic from public internet to your app’s Dapr sidecar you need an ingress controller enabled with Dapr. There’s a good article on this topic: Kubernetes NGINX ingress controller with Dapr.

To get started, first create dapr-annotations.yaml for Dapr annotations

    podAnnotations: "true" "nginx-ingress" "80"

Then install NGINX ingress controller to your Kubernetes cluster with Helm 3 using the annotations

helm repo add ingress-nginx
helm repo update
helm install nginx-ingress ingress-nginx/ingress-nginx -f ./dapr-annotations.yaml -n default
# Get the public IP for the ingress controller
kubectl get svc -l component=controller -o jsonpath='Public IP is: {.items[0].status.loadBalancer.ingress[0].ip}{"\n"}'

If deploying to Azure Kubernetes Service, you can follow the official MS documentation for rest of the steps

  • Add an A record to your DNS zone
  • Install cert-manager
  • Create a CA cluster issuer

Final step for enabling communication between Event Grid and Dapr is to define http and custom port to your app’s service and an ingress in Kubernetes. This example uses .NET Core web api and Dapr default ports and custom port 9000 for handshakes.

# dotnetwebapi.yaml
kind: Service
apiVersion: v1
  name: dotnetwebapi
    app: dotnetwebapi
    app: dotnetwebapi
    - name: webapi
      protocol: TCP
      port: 80
      targetPort: 80
    - name: dapr-eventgrid
      protocol: TCP
      port: 9000
      targetPort: 9000
  type: ClusterIP

  apiVersion: extensions/v1beta1
  kind: Ingress
    name: eventgrid-input-rule
    annotations: nginx letsencrypt
      - hosts:
        - dapr.<your custom domain>
        secretName: dapr-tls
      - host: dapr.<your custom domain>
            - path: /api/events
                serviceName: dotnetwebapi
                servicePort: 9000

apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
  name: dotnetwebapi
    app: dotnetwebapi
  replicas: 1
      app: dotnetwebapi
        app: dotnetwebapi
      annotations: "true" "dotnetwebapi" "5000"
      - name: webapi
        image: <your container image>
        - containerPort: 5000
        imagePullPolicy: Always

Deploy binding and app (including ingress) to Kubernetes

# Deploy Dapr components
kubectl apply -f eventgrid.yaml
# Deploy your app and Nginx ingress
kubectl apply -f dotnetwebapi.yaml

Note: This manifest deploys everything to Kubernetes default namespace.

Troubleshooting possible issues with Nginx controller

After initial deployment the “Daprized” Nginx controller can malfunction. To check logs and fix issue (if it exists) follow these steps.

$ kubectl get pods -l app=nginx-ingress

NAME                                                   READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
nginx-nginx-ingress-controller-649df94867-fp6mg        2/2     Running   0          51m
nginx-nginx-ingress-default-backend-6d96c457f6-4nbj5   1/1     Running   0          55m

$ kubectl logs nginx-nginx-ingress-controller-649df94867-fp6mg nginx-ingress-controller

# If you see 503s logged from calls to webhook endpoint '/api/events' restart the pod
# .."OPTIONS /api/events HTTP/1.1" 503..

$ kubectl delete pod nginx-nginx-ingress-controller-649df94867-fp6mg

# Check the logs again - it should start returning 200
# .."OPTIONS /api/events HTTP/1.1" 200..