Respond to Azure Service Bus events received via Azure Event Grid by using Azure Functions and Azure Logic Apps

In this tutorial, you learn how to respond to Azure Service Bus events that are received via Azure Event Grid by using Azure Functions and Azure Logic Apps. You'll do the following steps:

  • Create a test Azure function for debugging and viewing the initial flow of events from the Event Grid.
  • Create an Azure function to receive and process Azure Service Bus messages based on Event Grid events.
  • Create a logic app to respond to Event Grid events

After you create the Service Bus, Event Grid, Azure Functions, and Logic Apps artifacts, you do the following actions:

  1. Send messages to a Service Bus topic.
  2. Verify that the subscriptions to the topic received those messages
  3. Verify that the function or logic app that subscribed for the event has received the event.

Create a Service Bus namespace

Follow instructions in this tutorial: Quickstart: Use the Azure portal to create a Service Bus topic and subscriptions to the topic to do the following tasks:

  • Create a premium Service Bus namespace.
  • Get the connection string.
  • Create a Service Bus topic.
  • Create two subscriptions to the topic.

Prepare a sample application to send messages

You can use any method to send a message to your Service Bus topic. The sample code at the end of this procedure assumes that you're using Visual Studio 2017.

  1. Clone the GitHub azure-service-bus repository.

  2. In Visual Studio, go to the \samples\DotNet\Microsoft.ServiceBus.Messaging\ServiceBusEventGridIntegration folder, and then open the SBEventGridIntegration.sln file.

  3. Go to the MessageSender project, and then select Program.cs.

  4. Fill in your Service Bus topic name and the connection string you got from the previous step:

    const string ServiceBusConnectionString = "YOUR CONNECTION STRING";
    const string TopicName = "YOUR TOPIC NAME";
  5. Build and run the program to send test messages to the Service Bus topic.

Set up a test function on Azure

Before you work through the entire scenario, set up at least a small test function, which you can use to debug and observe the events that are flowing. Follow instructions in the Create your first function in the Azure portal article to do the following tasks:

  1. Create a function app.
  2. Create an HTTP triggered function.

Then, do the following steps:

  1. Expand Functions in the tree view, and select your function. Replace the code for the function with the following code:

    #r "Newtonsoft.Json"
    using System.Net;
    using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Mvc;
    using Microsoft.Extensions.Primitives;
    using Newtonsoft.Json;
    public static async Task<IActionResult> Run(HttpRequest req, ILogger log)
        log.LogInformation("C# HTTP trigger function processed a request.");
        var content = req.Body;
        string jsonContent = await new StreamReader(content).ReadToEndAsync();
        log.LogInformation($"Received Event with payload: {jsonContent}");
        IEnumerable<string> headerValues;
        headerValues = req.Headers.GetCommaSeparatedValues("Aeg-Event-Type");
        if (headerValues.Count() != 0)
            var validationHeaderValue = headerValues.FirstOrDefault();
            if(validationHeaderValue == "SubscriptionValidation")
                var events = JsonConvert.DeserializeObject<GridEvent[]>(jsonContent);
                var code = events[0].Data["validationCode"];
                log.LogInformation("Validation code: {code}");
                return (ActionResult) new OkObjectResult(new { validationResponse = code });
        return jsonContent == null
            ? new BadRequestObjectResult("Please pass a name on the query string or in the request body")
            : (ActionResult)new OkObjectResult($"Hello, {jsonContent}");
    public class GridEvent
        public string Id { get; set; }
        public string EventType { get; set; }
        public string Subject { get; set; }
        public DateTime EventTime { get; set; }
        public Dictionary<string, string> Data { get; set; }
        public string Topic { get; set; }
  2. Select Save and run.

    Function app output

  3. Select Get function URL and note down the URL.

    Get function URL

Connect the function and namespace via Event Grid

In this section, you tie together the function and the Service Bus namespace by using the Azure portal.

To create an Azure Event Grid subscription, follow these steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, go to your namespace and then, in the left pane, select Events. Your namespace window opens, with two Event Grid subscriptions displayed in the right pane.

    Service Bus - events page

  2. Select + Event Subscription on the toolbar.

  3. On the Create Event Subscription page, do the following steps:

    1. Enter a name for the subscription.

    2. Select Web Hook for Endpoint Type.

      Service Bus - Event Grid subscription

    3. Chose Select an endpoint, paste the function URL, and then select Confirm selection.

      Function - select the endpoint

    4. Switch to the Filters tab, enter the name of the first subscription to the Service Bus topic you created earlier, and then select the Create button.

      Event subscription filter

  4. Confirm that you see the event subscription in the list.

    Event subscription in the list

Send messages to the Service Bus topic

  1. Run the .NET C# application, which sends messages to the Service Bus topic.

    Console app output

  2. On the page for your Azure function app, expand Functions, expand your function, and select Monitor.

    Monitor function

Receive messages by using Azure Functions

In the preceding section, you observed a simple test and debugging scenario and ensured that events are flowing.

In this section, you'll learn how to receive and process messages after you receive an event.

Publish a function from Visual Studio

  1. In the same Visual Studio solution (SBEventGridIntegration) that you opened, select ReceiveMessagesOnEvent.cs in the SBEventGridIntegration project.

  2. Enter your Service Bus connection string in the following code:

    const string ServiceBusConnectionString = "YOUR CONNECTION STRING";
  3. Download the publish profile for the function:

    1. Select your function app.

    2. Select the Overview tab if it isn't already selected.

    3. Select Get publish profile on the toolbar.

      Get publish profile for the function

    4. Save the file to your project's folder.

  4. In Visual Studio, right-click SBEventGridIntegration, and then select Publish.

  5. Select Start on the Publish page.

  6. On the Pick a publish target page, do the following steps, select Import Profile.

    Visual Studio - Import Profile button

  7. Select the publish profile file you downloaded earlier.

  8. Select Publish on the Publish page.

    Visual Studio - Publish

  9. Confirm that you see the new Azure function ReceiveMessagesOnEvent. Refresh the page if needed.

    Confirm that the new function is created

  10. Get the URL to the new function and note it down.

Event Grid subscription

  1. Delete the existing Event Grid subscription:
    1. On the Service Bus Namespace page, select Events on the left menu.
    2. Select the existing event subscription.
    3. On the Event Subscription page, select Delete.
  2. Follow instructions in the Connect the function and namespace via Event Grid section to create an Event Grid subscription using the new function URL.
  3. Follow instruction in the Send messages to the Service Bus topic section to send messages to the topic and monitor the function.

Receive messages by using Logic Apps

Connect a logic app with Azure Service Bus and Azure Event Grid by following these steps:

  1. Create a logic app in the Azure portal.

    1. Select + Create a resource, select Integration, and then select Logic App.
    2. On the Logic App - Create page, enter a name for the logic app.
    3. Select your Azure subscription.
    4. Select Use existing for the Resource group, and select the resource group that you used for other resources (like Azure function, Service Bus namespace) that you created earlier.
    5. Select the Location for the logic app.
    6. Select Create to create the logic app.
  2. On the Logic Apps Designer page, select Blank Logic App under Templates.

  3. On the designer, do the following steps:

    1. Search for Event Grid.

    2. Select When a resource event occurs (preview) - Azure Event Grid.

      Logic Apps Designer - select Event Grid trigger

  4. Select Sign in, enter your Azure credentials, and select Allow Access.

  5. On the When a resource event occurs page, do the following steps:

    1. Select your Azure subscription.
    2. For Resource Type, select Microsoft.ServiceBus.Namespaces.
    3. For Resource Name, select your Service Bus namespace.
    4. Select Add new parameter, and select Suffix Filter.
    5. For Suffix Filter, enter the name of your second Service Bus topic subscription. Logic Apps Designer - configure event
  6. Select + New Step in the designer, and do the following steps:

    1. Search for Service Bus.

    2. Select Service Bus in the list.

    3. Select for Get messages in the Actions list.

    4. Select Get messages from a topic subscription (peek-lock).

      Logic Apps Designer - get messages action

    5. Enter a name for the connection. For example: Get messages from the topic subscription, and select the Service Bus namespace.

      Logic Apps Designer - select the Service Bus namespace

    6. Select RootManageSharedAccessKey.

      Logic Apps Designer - select the shared access key

    7. Select Create.

    8. Select your topic and subscription.

      Logic Apps Designer - select your Service Bus topic and subscription

  7. Select + New step, and do the following steps:

    1. Select Service Bus.

    2. Select Complete the message in a topic subscription from the list of actions.

    3. Select your Service Bus topic.

    4. Select the second subscription to the topic.

    5. For Lock token of the message, select Lock Token from the Dynamic content.

      Logic Apps Designer - select your Service Bus topic and subscription

  8. Select Save on the toolbar on the Logic Apps Designer to save the logic app.

  9. Follow instruction in the Send messages to the Service Bus topic section to send messages to the topic.

  10. Switch to the Overview page of your logic app. You see the logic app runs in the Runs history for the messages sent.

    Logic Apps Designer - logic app runs

Next steps