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Create a task

InfluxDB provides multiple ways to create tasks both in the InfluxDB user interface (UI) and the influx command line interface (CLI).

Before creating a task, review the basics criteria for writing a task.

Create a task in the InfluxDB UI

The InfluxDB UI provides multiple ways to create a task:

Create a task from the Data Explorer

  1. In the navigation menu on the left, select Explore (Data Explorer).

  2. Build a query and click Save As in the upper right.

  3. Select the Task option.

  4. Specify the task options. See Task options for detailed information about each option.

  5. Select a token to use from the Token dropdown.

  6. Click Save as Task.

Create a task in the Task UI

  1. In the navigation menu on the left, select Tasks.

  2. Click Create Task in the upper right.

  3. Select New Task.

  4. In the left panel, specify the task options. See Task options for detailed information about each option.

  5. Select a token to use from the Token dropdown.

  6. In the right panel, enter your task script.

    Leave out the option tasks assignment

    When creating a new task in the InfluxDB Task UI, leave out the option task assignment that defines task options. The InfluxDB UI injects this code using settings specified in the Task options fields in the left panel when you save the task.

  7. Click Save in the upper right.

Import a task

  1. In the navigation menu on the left, select Tasks.

  2. Click + Create Task in the upper right.

  3. Select Import Task.

  4. Upload a JSON task file using one of the following options:

    • Drag and drop a JSON task file in the specified area.
    • Click to upload and the area to select the JSON task from from your file manager.
    • Select the JSON option and paste in raw task JSON.
  5. Click Import JSON as Task.

Create a task from a template

  1. In the navigation menu on the left, select Settings > Templates.

  2. Select Templates.

  3. Hover over the template to use to create the task and click Create.

Clone a task

  1. In the navigation menu on the left, select Tasks.

  2. Hover over the task you would like to clone and click the icon that appears.

  3. Click Clone.

Create a task using the influx CLI

Use influx task create command to create a new task. It accepts either a file path or raw Flux.

Create a task using a file
# Syntax
influx task create --org <org-name>  -f </path/to/task-script>

# Example
influx task create --org my-org -f /tasks/cq-mean-1h.flux
Create a task using raw Flux
influx task create --org my-org - # <return> to open stdin pipe

option task = {
  name: "task-name",
  every: 6h
}

# ... Task script ...

# <ctrl-d> to close the pipe and submit the command

Create a task using the InfluxDB API

Send a request using the POST method to the /api/v2/tasks InfluxDB API endpoint. Provide the following in your API request:

Request headers
  • Content-Type: application/json
  • Authorization: Token YOURINFLUXDBTOKEN**
Request body

JSON object with the following fields:

  • flux : raw Flux task string
  • orgID: your InfluxDB organization ID
  • status: task status (“active” or “inactive”)
  • description: task description
curl --request POST 'https://us-west-2-1.aws.cloud2.influxdata.com/api/v2/tasks' \
  --header 'Content-Type: application/json' \
  --header 'Authorization: Token <YOURTOKEN>' \
  --data-raw '{
    "flux": "option task = {name: \"CPU Total 1 Hour New\", every: 1h}\n\nfrom(bucket: \"telegraf\")\n\t|> range(start: -1h)\n\t|> filter(fn: (r) =>\n\t\t(r._measurement == \"cpu\"))\n\t|> filter(fn: (r) =>\n\t\t(r._field == \"usage_system\"))\n\t|> filter(fn: (r) =>\n\t\t(r.cpu == \"cpu-total\"))\n\t|> aggregateWindow(every: 1h, fn: max)\n\t|> to(bucket: \"cpu_usage_user_total_1h\", org: \"<MYORG>\")",
    "orgID": "<YOURORGID>",
    "status": "active",
    "description": "This task downsamples CPU data every hour"
}'

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