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Terminate Task

"type" : "TERMINATE"


The Terminate task is a task that can terminate a workflow with a given status and modify the workflow's output with a given parameter; it can act as a return statement for conditions where you simply want to terminate your workflow.

Use Cases

Use it when you want to terminate the workflow without continuing the execution.
For example, if you have a decision where the first condition is met, you want to execute some tasks; otherwise, you want to finish your workflow.


Terminate task is defined directly inside the workflow with the type TERMINATE.

"name": "terminate",
"taskReferenceName": "terminate0",
"inputParameters": {
"terminationStatus": "COMPLETED",
"workflowOutput": { "result": "${task0.output}"}
"type": "TERMINATE",
"startDelay": 0,
"optional": false



terminationStatusStringCan only accept "COMPLETED" or "FAILED"The task cannot be optional
workflowOutputAnyExpected workflow output
terminationReasonStringFor failed tasks, this reason is passed to a failureWorkflow



outputMapThe content of workflowOutput from the inputParameters. An empty object if workflowOutput is not set.


Let's consider the same example we had in Switch Task.

Suppose in a workflow, we have to make a decision to ship the courier with the shipping service providers on the basis of input provided while running the workflow. If the input provided while running the workflow does not match with the available shipping providers, then the workflow will fail and return. If input provided matches then it goes ahead.

Here is a snippet that shows the default switch case terminating the workflow:

"name": "switch_task",
"taskReferenceName": "switch_task",
"type": "SWITCH",
"defaultCase": [
"name": "terminate",
"taskReferenceName": "terminate",
"type": "TERMINATE",
"inputParameters": {
"terminationStatus": "FAILED",
"terminationReason":"Shipping provider not found."

Workflow gets created as shown in the diagram.

Conductor UI - Workflow Diagram

Codelab examples

Best Practices

  1. Include the termination reason when terminating the workflow with failure status to make it easy to understand the cause.
  2. Include any additional details (e.g., the output of the tasks, switch case, etc.) that help understand the path taken to the termination.