Use CloudEvents schema with Event Grid

In addition to its default event schema, Azure Event Grid natively supports events in the CloudEvents JSON schema. CloudEvents is an open specification for describing event data.

CloudEvents simplifies interoperability by providing a common event schema for publishing, and consuming cloud based events. This schema allows for uniform tooling, standard ways of routing & handling events, and universal ways of deserializing the outer event schema. With a common schema, you can more easily integrate work across platforms.

CloudEvents is being built by several collaborators, including Microsoft, through the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. It's currently available as version 0.1.

This article describes how to use the CloudEvents schema with Event Grid.


Using this Azure feature from PowerShell requires that you have the AzureRM module installed. This is an older module only available for Windows PowerShell 5.x that receives critical updates, but no longer gets new features. If you have the Az module installed, you will need to install AzureRM as well. To install AzureRM:

  1. Disable AzureRM aliases in Az (if enabled) with Disable-AzAlias. Running this command without Az installed or with aliases disabled is harmless.
  2. Follow the latest install instructions for AzureRM. Even if you have AzureRM installed, update to the latest version.

Install preview feature

This feature is in preview. To use it, you must install a preview extension or module.

Install extension for Azure CLI

For Azure CLI, you need the Event Grid extension.

In CloudShell:

  • If you've installed the extension previously, update it az extension update -n eventgrid
  • If you haven't installed the extension previously, install it az extension add -n eventgrid

For a local installation:

  1. Uninstall Azure CLI locally.
  2. Install the latest version of Azure CLI.
  3. Launch command window.
  4. Uninstall previous versions of the extension az extension remove -n eventgrid
  5. Install the extension az extension add -n eventgrid

Install module for PowerShell

For PowerShell, you need the AzureRM.EventGrid module.

In CloudShell:

  • Install the module Install-Module -Name AzureRM.EventGrid -AllowPrerelease -Force -Repository PSGallery

For a local installation:

  1. Open PowerShell console as administrator
  2. Install the module Install-Module -Name AzureRM.EventGrid -AllowPrerelease -Force -Repository PSGallery

If the -AllowPrerelease parameter isn't available, use the following steps:

  1. Run Install-Module PowerShellGet -Force
  2. Run Update-Module PowerShellGet
  3. Close the PowerShell console
  4. Restart PowerShell as administrator
  5. Install the module Install-Module -Name AzureRM.EventGrid -AllowPrerelease -Force -Repository PSGallery

CloudEvent schema

Here is an example of an Azure Blob Storage event in CloudEvents format:

    "cloudEventsVersion" : "0.1",
    "eventType" : "Microsoft.Storage.BlobCreated",
    "eventTypeVersion" : "",
    "source" : "/subscriptions/{subscription-id}/resourceGroups/{resource-group}/providers/Microsoft.Storage/storageAccounts/{storage-account}#blobServices/default/containers/{storage-container}/blobs/{new-file}",
    "eventID" : "173d9985-401e-0075-2497-de268c06ff25",
    "eventTime" : "2018-04-28T02:18:47.1281675Z",
    "data" : {
      "api": "PutBlockList",
      "clientRequestId": "6d79dbfb-0e37-4fc4-981f-442c9ca65760",
      "requestId": "831e1650-001e-001b-66ab-eeb76e000000",
      "eTag": "0x8D4BCC2E4835CD0",
      "contentType": "application/octet-stream",
      "contentLength": 524288,
      "blobType": "BlockBlob",
      "url": "",
      "sequencer": "00000000000004420000000000028963",
      "storageDiagnostics": {
        "batchId": "b68529f3-68cd-4744-baa4-3c0498ec19f0"

CloudEvents v0.1 has the following properties available:

CloudEvents Type Example JSON Value Description Event Grid Mapping
eventType String "com.example.someevent" Type of occurrence that happened eventType
eventTypeVersion String "1.0" The version of the eventType (Optional) dataVersion
cloudEventsVersion String "0.1" The version of the CloudEvents specification the event uses passed through
source URI "/mycontext" Describes the event producer topic#subject
eventID String "1234-1234-1234" ID of the event id
eventTime Timestamp "2018-04-05T17:31:00Z" Timestamp of when the event happened (Optional) eventTime
schemaURL URI "" A link to the schema that the data attribute adheres to (Optional) not used
contentType String "application/json" Describe the data encoding format (Optional) not used
extensions Map { "extA": "vA", "extB", "vB" } Any additional metadata (Optional) not used
data Object { "objA": "vA", "objB", "vB" } The event payload (Optional) data

For more information, see the CloudEvents spec.

The headers values for events delivered in the CloudEvents schema and the Event Grid schema are the same except for content-type. For CloudEvents schema, that header value is "content-type":"application/cloudevents+json; charset=utf-8". For Event Grid schema, that header value is "content-type":"application/json; charset=utf-8".

Configure Event Grid for CloudEvents

You can use Event Grid for both input and output of events in CloudEvents schema. You can use CloudEvents for system events, like Blob Storage events and IoT Hub events, and custom events. It can also transform those events on the wire back and forth.

Input schema Output schema
CloudEvents format CloudEvents format
Event Grid format CloudEvents format
CloudEvents format Event Grid format
Event Grid format Event Grid format

For all event schemas, Event Grid requires validation when publishing to an event grid topic and when creating an event subscription. For more information, see Event Grid security and authentication.

Input schema

You set the input schema for a custom topic when you create the custom topic.

For Azure CLI, use:

# If you have not already installed the extension, do it now.
# This extension is required for preview features.
az extension add --name eventgrid

az eventgrid topic create \
  --name <topic_name> \
  -l westcentralus \
  -g gridResourceGroup \
  --input-schema cloudeventv01schema

For PowerShell, use:

# If you have not already installed the module, do it now.
# This module is required for preview features.
Install-Module -Name AzureRM.EventGrid -AllowPrerelease -Force -Repository PSGallery

New-AzureRmEventGridTopic `
  -ResourceGroupName gridResourceGroup `
  -Location westcentralus `
  -Name <topic_name> `
  -InputSchema CloudEventV01Schema

The current version of CloudEvents doesn't support batching of events. To publish events with CloudEvent schema to a topic, publish each event individually.

Output schema

You set the output schema when you create the event subscription.

For Azure CLI, use:

topicID=$(az eventgrid topic show --name <topic-name> -g gridResourceGroup --query id --output tsv)

az eventgrid event-subscription create \
  --name <event_subscription_name> \
  --source-resource-id $topicID \
  --endpoint <endpoint_URL> \
  --event-delivery-schema cloudeventv01schema

For PowerShell, use:

$topicid = (Get-AzureRmEventGridTopic -ResourceGroupName gridResourceGroup -Name <topic-name>).Id

New-AzureRmEventGridSubscription `
  -ResourceId $topicid `
  -EventSubscriptionName <event_subscription_name> `
  -Endpoint <endpoint_URL> `
  -DeliverySchema CloudEventV01Schema

The current version of the CloudEvents doesn't support batching of events. An event subscription that's configured for CloudEvent schema receives each event individually. Currently, you can't use an Event Grid trigger for an Azure Functions app when the event is delivered in the CloudEvents schema. Use an HTTP trigger. For examples of implementing an HTTP trigger that receives events in the CloudEvents schema, see Use an HTTP trigger as an Event Grid trigger.

Next steps