Azure Event Grid

Play Azure Event Grid


Lyle Dodge talks with Bahram Banisadr, the Program Manager for Azure Event Grid. This is an exciting new change to the Azure platform and will open up a lot of possibilities to consumers of Azure.

What is Azure Event Grid?

Azure Event Grid allows you to easily build applications with event based architectures. You simply select the Azure resource you would like to subscribe to for events and give the event handler or WebHook endpoint you would like the events to flow to; native Azure events will begin flowing immediately.

You can use filters to route specific events to different endpoints, multicast to multiple endpoints, and make sure your events are reliably delivered. Event Grid also has built in support for custom and 3rd party events. This topic provides a high-level overview of Azure Event Grid. If you want to jump right in and get started with Azure Event Grid, start with the custom event quickstart. If you are looking for more technical information about Event Grid, see the developer reference.


There are five concepts in Azure Event Grid that let you get going:

  • Events - what happened
  • Event sources/publishers - where the event took place
  • Topics - the endpoint where publishers send events
  • Event subscriptions - the Event Grid mechanism that intelligently routes and filters events
  • Event Handlers - the app or service reacting to the event

For more on these concepts go here.


Here are some of the key features of Azure Event Grid:

  • Simplicity - Point and click to aim events from your Azure resource to any event handler or endpoint
  • Advanced filtering - Filter on event type or event publish path to ensure event handlers only receive relevant events
  • Fan-out - Subscribe multiple endpoints to the same event to send copies of the event to as many places as needed
  • Reliability - Utilize 24-hour retry with exponential backoff to ensure events are delivered
  • Pay-per-event - Pay only for the amount you use Event Grid
  • High throughput - Build high-volume workloads on Event Grid with support for millions of events per second
  • Native Events - Get up and running quickly with resource-defined native events
  • Custom Events - leverage Event Grid route, filter, and reliably deliver custom events in your app.


More and more Azure services are being added continuously. The following services are natively available today:


  • Resource Groups (management operations)
  • Azure Subscriptions (management operations)
  • Event Hubs
  • Custom Topics

Coming soon: Blob Storage, Azure Automation, Azure Active Directory, API Management, Logic Apps, IoT Hub, Service Bus, Azure Data Lake Store, Cosmos DB


  • Azure Functions
  • Logic Apps
  • Azure Automation
  • WebHooks

What can I do with Event Grid?

Azure Event Grid provides several capabilities not previously available that vastly improve serverless, ops automation, and integration work:

Serverless application architectures:

Event Grid connects data sources and event handlers. For example, use Event Grid to instantly trigger a serverless function to run image analysis each time a new photo is added to a blob storage container.

Ops Automation:

Event Grid allows you to speed automation and simplify policy enforcement. For example, Event Grid can notify Azure Automation when a virtual machine is created, or a SQL Database is spun up. These events can be used to automatically check that service configurations are compliant, put metadata into operations tools, tag virtual machines, or file work items.

Application integration:

Event Grid connects your app with other services. For example, create an application topic to send your app’s event data to Event Grid and take advantage of its reliable delivery, advanced routing, and direct integration with Azure. Alternatively, you can use Event Grid with Logic Apps to process data anywhere, without writing code.

How much does Event Grid cost?

Azure Event Grid uses a pay-per-event pricing model, so you only pay for what you use.

Event Grid costs $0.60 per million operations ($0.30 during preview) and the first 100,000 operation per month are free. Operations are defined as event ingress, advanced match, delivery attempt, and management calls. More details can be found on the pricing page.

Next Steps

  • Create and subscribe to custom events Jump right in and start sending your own custom events to any endpoint using the Azure Event Grid quickstart.
  • Azure Event Grid developer reference
    Provides more technical information about the Azure Event Grid runtime and a reference for managing Event Subscriptions, routing, and filtering.
    Azure Event Grid Concepts Gives a reference on the main concepts in Event Grid and the architecture of reactive applications leveraging Azure Event Grid.
  • Using Azure Functions as an Event Handler A tutorial walk through of building and end-to-end working app using Azure Functions to react to events pushed via Azure Event Grid.
  • Using Logic Apps as an Event HandlerA tutorial walk through of building and end-to end working app using Logic Apps to react to events pushed via Azure Event Grid.



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The Discussion

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    What the relation between Event Hubs and Event Grid? If I'm creating my own publishers & subscribers, when would I use one or the other?


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    @scyonx: Event Hubs is a data pipeline best suited for ingesting large amounts of data such as telemetry while Event Grid allows you to subscribe to events from services in order to enable event based reactive programing. Hope that helps!

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