Use Temporal with Encore

Temporal is a workflow orchestration system for building highly reliable systems. Encore works great with Temporal, and this guide shows you how to integrate Temporal into your Encore application.

Set up Temporal clusters

You'll need at least two Temporal clusters: one for local development and one for cloud environments.

We recommend using Temporalite for local development, and Temporal Cloud for cloud environments.

Set up Temporal Workflow

Next it's time to create a Temporal Workflow. We'll base this on the Temporal Hello World exampe.

Create a new Encore service named greeting:

package greeting import ( "context" "fmt" "" "" "" ) // Use an environment-specific task queue so we can use the same // Temporal Cluster for all cloud environments. var ( envName = encore.Meta().Environment.Name greetingTaskQueue = envName + "-greeting" ) //encore:service type Service struct { client client.Client worker worker.Worker } func initService() (*Service, error) { c, err := client.Dial(client.Options{}) if err != nil { return nil, fmt.Errorf("create temporal client: %v", err) } w := worker.New(c, greetingTaskQueue, worker.Options{}) err = w.Start() if err != nil { c.Close() return nil, fmt.Errorf("start temporal worker: %v", err) } return &Service{client: c, worker: w}, nil } func (s *Service) Shutdown(force context.Context) { s.client.Close() s.worker.Stop() }

Next it's time to define some workflows. These need to be in the same service, so add a new workflow package inside the greeting service, containing a workflow and activity definition in separate files:

package workflow import ( "time" "" ) func Greeting(ctx workflow.Context, name string) (string, error) { options := workflow.ActivityOptions{ StartToCloseTimeout: time.Second * 5, } ctx = workflow.WithActivityOptions(ctx, options) var result string err := workflow.ExecuteActivity(ctx, ComposeGreeting, name).Get(ctx, &result) return result, err }

Then, go back to the greeting service and register the workflow and activity:

// Import the package at the top: import "" // Add these lines to `initService`, below the call to `worker.New`: w.RegisterWorkflow(workflow.Greeting) w.RegisterActivity(workflow.ComposeGreeting)

Now let's create an Encore API that triggers this workflow.

Add a new file greeting/greet.go:

package greeting import ( "context" "" "" "" ) type GreetResponse struct { Greeting string } //encore:api public path=/greet/:name func (s *Service) Greet(ctx context.Context, name string) (*GreetResponse, error) { options := client.StartWorkflowOptions{ ID: "greeting-workflow", TaskQueue: greetingTaskQueue, } we, err := s.client.ExecuteWorkflow(ctx, options, workflow.Greeting, name) if err != nil { return nil, err } rlog.Info("started workflow", "id", we.GetID(), "run_id", we.GetRunID()) // Get the results var greeting string err = we.Get(ctx, &greeting) if err != nil { return nil, err } return &GreetResponse{Greeting: greeting}, nil }

Run it locally

Now we're ready to test it out. Start up temporalite and your Encore application (in separate terminals):

$ temporalite start --namespace default $ encore run

Now try calling it, either from the Local Development Dashboard or using cURL:

$ curl 'http://localhost:4000/greeting/Temporal' {"Greeting": "Hello Temporal!"}

If you see this, it works!

Run in the cloud

To run it in the cloud, you will need to use Temporal Cloud or your own, self-hosted Temporal cluster. The easiest way to automatically pick up the correct cluster address is to use Encore's config functionality.

Add two new files:

package greeting import "" type Config struct { TemporalServer string } var cfg = config.Load[*Config]()

Finally go back to greeting/greeting.go and update the client.Dial call to look like:

client.Dial(client.Options{HostPort: cfg.TemporalServer})

With that, Encore will automatically connect to the correct Temporal cluster, using a local cluster for local development and your cloud-hosted cluster for everything else.