When two DAGs have dependency relationships, it is worth considering combining them into a single DAG, which is usually simpler to understand. Airflow also offers better visual representation of dependencies for tasks on the same DAG. However, it is sometimes not practical to put all related tasks on the same DAG. For example:
Two DAGs may have different schedules. E.g. a weekly DAG may have tasks that depend on other tasks on a daily DAG.
Different teams are responsible for different DAGs, but these DAGs have some cross-DAG dependencies.
A task may depend on another task on the same DAG, but for a different
execution_date(start of the data interval).
execution_deltafor tasks running at different times, like
execution_delta=timedelta(hours=1)to check against a task that runs 1 hour earlier.
ExternalTaskSensor can be used to establish such dependencies across different DAGs. When it is
used together with
ExternalTaskMarker, clearing dependent tasks can also happen across different
ExternalTaskSensor to make tasks on a DAG
wait for another task on a different DAG for a specific
ExternalTaskSensor also provide options to set if the Task on a remote DAG succeeded or failed
child_task1 = ExternalTaskSensor(
If it is desirable that whenever
parent_dag is cleared,
child_dag for a specific
execution_date should also be cleared,
should be used. Note that
child_task1 will only be cleared if “Recursive” is selected when the
parent_task = ExternalTaskMarker(