[ aws . omics ]



Creates a workflow.

See also: AWS API Documentation


[--name <value>]
[--description <value>]
[--engine <value>]
[--definition-zip <value>]
[--definition-uri <value>]
[--main <value>]
[--parameter-template <value>]
[--storage-capacity <value>]
[--tags <value>]
[--request-id <value>]
[--accelerators <value>]
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--endpoint-url <value>]
[--output <value>]
[--query <value>]
[--profile <value>]
[--region <value>]
[--version <value>]
[--color <value>]
[--ca-bundle <value>]
[--cli-read-timeout <value>]
[--cli-connect-timeout <value>]
[--cli-binary-format <value>]


--name (string)

A name for the workflow.

--description (string)

A description for the workflow.

--engine (string)

An engine for the workflow.

Possible values:

  • WDL
  • CWL

--definition-zip (blob)

A ZIP archive for the workflow.

--definition-uri (string)

The URI of a definition for the workflow.

--main (string)

The path of the main definition file for the workflow.

--parameter-template (map)

A parameter template for the workflow.

key -> (string)

value -> (structure)

A workflow parameter.

description -> (string)

The parameter’s description.

optional -> (boolean)

Whether the parameter is optional.

Shorthand Syntax:


JSON Syntax:

{"string": {
      "description": "string",
      "optional": true|false

--storage-capacity (integer)

A storage capacity for the workflow in gigabytes.

--tags (map)

Tags for the workflow.

key -> (string)

value -> (string)

Shorthand Syntax:


JSON Syntax:

{"string": "string"

--request-id (string)

To ensure that requests don’t run multiple times, specify a unique ID for each request.

--accelerators (string)

The computational accelerator specified to run the workflow.

Possible values:

  • GPU

--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml (string) Reads arguments from the JSON string provided. The JSON string follows the format provided by --generate-cli-skeleton. If other arguments are provided on the command line, those values will override the JSON-provided values. It is not possible to pass arbitrary binary values using a JSON-provided value as the string will be taken literally. This may not be specified along with --cli-input-yaml.

--generate-cli-skeleton (string) Prints a JSON skeleton to standard output without sending an API request. If provided with no value or the value input, prints a sample input JSON that can be used as an argument for --cli-input-json. Similarly, if provided yaml-input it will print a sample input YAML that can be used with --cli-input-yaml. If provided with the value output, it validates the command inputs and returns a sample output JSON for that command. The generated JSON skeleton is not stable between versions of the AWS CLI and there are no backwards compatibility guarantees in the JSON skeleton generated.

Global Options

--debug (boolean)

Turn on debug logging.

--endpoint-url (string)

Override command’s default URL with the given URL.

--no-verify-ssl (boolean)

By default, the AWS CLI uses SSL when communicating with AWS services. For each SSL connection, the AWS CLI will verify SSL certificates. This option overrides the default behavior of verifying SSL certificates.

--no-paginate (boolean)

Disable automatic pagination.

--output (string)

The formatting style for command output.

  • json
  • text
  • table
  • yaml
  • yaml-stream

--query (string)

A JMESPath query to use in filtering the response data.

--profile (string)

Use a specific profile from your credential file.

--region (string)

The region to use. Overrides config/env settings.

--version (string)

Display the version of this tool.

--color (string)

Turn on/off color output.

  • on
  • off
  • auto

--no-sign-request (boolean)

Do not sign requests. Credentials will not be loaded if this argument is provided.

--ca-bundle (string)

The CA certificate bundle to use when verifying SSL certificates. Overrides config/env settings.

--cli-read-timeout (int)

The maximum socket read time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket read will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.

--cli-connect-timeout (int)

The maximum socket connect time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket connect will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.

--cli-binary-format (string)

The formatting style to be used for binary blobs. The default format is base64. The base64 format expects binary blobs to be provided as a base64 encoded string. The raw-in-base64-out format preserves compatibility with AWS CLI V1 behavior and binary values must be passed literally. When providing contents from a file that map to a binary blob fileb:// will always be treated as binary and use the file contents directly regardless of the cli-binary-format setting. When using file:// the file contents will need to properly formatted for the configured cli-binary-format.

  • base64
  • raw-in-base64-out

--no-cli-pager (boolean)

Disable cli pager for output.

--cli-auto-prompt (boolean)

Automatically prompt for CLI input parameters.

--no-cli-auto-prompt (boolean)

Disable automatically prompt for CLI input parameters.



To use the following examples, you must have the AWS CLI installed and configured. See the Getting started guide in the AWS CLI User Guide for more information.

Unless otherwise stated, all examples have unix-like quotation rules. These examples will need to be adapted to your terminal’s quoting rules. See Using quotation marks with strings in the AWS CLI User Guide .

To create a workflow

The following create-workflow example creates a WDL workflow.

aws omics create-workflow \
    --name cram-converter \
    --engine WDL \
    --definition-zip fileb://workflow-crambam.zip \
    --parameter-template file://workflow-params.json

workflow-crambam.zip is a ZIP archive containing a workflow definition. workflow-params.json defines runtime parameters for the workflow.

    "ref_fasta" : {
        "description": "Reference genome fasta file",
        "optional": false
    "ref_fasta_index" : {
        "description": "Index of the reference genome fasta file",
        "optional": false
    "ref_dict" : {
        "description": "dictionary file for 'ref_fasta'",
        "optional": false
    "input_cram" : {
        "description": "The Cram file to convert to BAM",
        "optional": false
    "sample_name" : {
        "description": "The name of the input sample, used to name the output BAM",
        "optional": false


    "arn": "arn:aws:omics:us-west-2:123456789012:workflow/1234567",
    "id": "1234567",
    "status": "CREATING",
    "tags": {}

For more information, see Omics Workflows in the Amazon Omics Developer Guide.


arn -> (string)

The workflow’s ARN.

id -> (string)

The workflow’s ID.

status -> (string)

The workflow’s status.

tags -> (map)

The workflow’s tags.

key -> (string)

value -> (string)