Setting up alerts in Dagster Cloud#

This guide is applicable to Dagster Cloud.

In this guide, we'll walk you through configuring job alerts in Dagster Cloud.


Understanding alert policies#

Alert policies define which jobs will trigger an alert, the conditions under which an alert will be sent, and how the alert will be sent.

An alert policy includes a set of configured tags. If an alert policy has no configured tags, all jobs will be eligible for that alert. Otherwise, only jobs that contain all the tags for a given alert policy are eligible for that alert.

Alert policies are configured on a per deployment basis. For example, alerts configured in a prod deployment are only applicable to jobs in that deployment.

Currently, Slack and email notifications are supported.


Managing alert policies in Dagster Cloud#

Organization Admin or Admin permissions are required to manage alerts in Dagster Cloud.

Creating alert policies#

  1. Sign in to your Dagster Cloud account.

  2. Click the user menu (your icon) > Cloud Settings.

  3. Click the Alerts tab.

  4. Click + Create alert policy.

  5. In the Create alert policy window, fill in the following:

    • Alert policy name - Enter a name for the alert policy. For example, slack_urgent_failure

    • Description - Enter a description for the alert policy

    • Tags - Add tag(s) for the alert policy. Jobs with these tags will trigger the alert. For example: level:critical or team:sales

    • Events - Select whether the alert should trigger on job success, failure, or both

    • Notification service - Select the service for the alert policy:

      • Slack - If you haven't connected Slack, click Connect to add the Dagster Cloud Slack app to your workspace. After the installation completes, invite the bot user to the desired channel.

        You can then configure the alert policy to message this channel. Note: Only messaging one channel per alert policy is currently supported:

        Slack alert configured to alert the sales-notifications channel
      • Email - Email alerts can be sent to one or more recipients. For example:

        Email alert configured to alert two recipients
  6. When finished, click Save policy.

Editing alert policies#

To edit an existing alert policy, click the Edit button next to the policy:

Highlighted Edit button next to an alert policy in Dagster Cloud

Enabling and disabling alert policies#

To enable or disable an alert, use the toggle on the left side of the alert policy:

Enabling and disabling an alert policy in Dagster Cloud

Deleting alert policies#

To delete an alert policy, click the Delete button next to the policy. When prompted, confirm the deletion.

Highlighted Delete button next to an alert policy in Dagster Cloud

Managing alert policies with the dagster-cloud CLI#

With the dagster-cloud CLI, you can:

Setting a full deployment's policies#

A list of alert policies can be defined in a single YAML file. After declaring your policies, set them for the deployment using the following command:

dagster-cloud deployment alert-policies sync -a <ALERT_POLICIES_PATH>

Viewing a full deployment's policies#

List the policies currently configured on the deployment by running:

dagster-cloud deployment alert-policies list

Configuring a Slack alert policy#

In this example, we'll configure a Slack notification to trigger whenever a run of a job succeeds or fails. This job, named sales_job, has a team tag of sales:

@op
def sales_computation():
    ...


@job(tags={"team": "sales"})
def sales_job():
    sales_computation()

In the alert policies YAML file, we'll define a policy that listens for jobs with a team tag of sales to succeed or fail. When this occurs, a notification will be sent to the sales-notification channel in the hooli workspace:

alert_policies:
  - name: "slack-alert-policy"
    description: "An alert policy to send a Slack notification to sales on job failure or success."
    tags:
      - key: "team"
        value: "sales"
    event_types:
      - "JOB_SUCCESS"
      - "JOB_FAILURE"
    notification_service:
      slack:
        slack_workspace_name: "hooli"
        slack_channel_name: "sales-notifications"

Configuring an email alert policy#

In this example, we'll configure an email alert when a job fails. This job, named important_job, has a level tag of "critical":

def important_computation():
    ...


@job(tags={"level": "critical"})
def important_job():
    important_computation()

In the alert policies YAML file, we'll define a policy that listens for jobs with a level tag of critical to fail. When this occurs, an email notification will be sent to richard.hendricks@hooli.com and nelson.bighetti@hooli.com:

alert_policies:
  - name: "email-alert-policy"
    description: "An alert policy to email company executives during job failure."
    tags:
      - key: "level"
        value: "critical"
    event_types:
      - "JOB_FAILURE"
    notification_service:
      email:
        email_addresses:
          - "richard.hendricks@hooli.com"
          - "nelson.bighetti@hooli.com"

Using system tags to configure alert emails#

For a job, alert emails can be configured by setting the dagster-cloud/alert_emails tag on a job. When a job run fails, a notification will be sent to the alert emails.

In this example, we've defined two alert emails for the important_job job: richard.hendricks@hooli.com and nelson.bighetti@hooli.com. On run failure, these two emails will be sent a notification:

from dagster import job, op
from dagster_cloud import ALERT_EMAILS_TAG


@op
def important_computation():
    ...


@job(
    tags={
        ALERT_EMAILS_TAG: [
            "richard.hendricks@hooli.com",
            "nelson.bighetti@hooli.com",
        ]
    }
)
def important_job():
    important_computation()