If you supply a callback_url argument to your function decorator, Beam will make a POST request to your server whenever a task finishes running. Callbacks fire for both successful and failed tasks.

Callbacks include the Beam Task ID in the request headers, and the task response URL-encoded in the request body.

For testing purposes, you can setup a temporary webhook URL using https://webhook.site

Registering a callback URL

Callbacks can be added onto endpoints, functions, and task queues:

from beam import function

def handler(x):
    return {"result": x}

if __name__ == "__main__":

Callback format

Data Payload

The callback will send the response from your function as JSON, in the data field:

  "data": {
    "result": 10

Request headers

The request headers include the following fields:

  • x-task-timestamp — timestamp the task was created.
  • x-task-signature — signature to verify that the request was sent from Beam.
  • x-task-status — status of the task.
  • x-task-id — the task ID.

Verifying Requests

Timestamp Verification

To secure your server against replay attacks, a timestamp and signature are included in the callback request headers.

As a best-practice, it is wise to check the timestamp header of each callback request. If the timestamp is over 5s old, there is a risk that the callback was not fired from Beam.

Signature Verification

The most secure way of verifying a callback request is through signature verification.

The callback request will include a header field called x-task-signature.

x-task-signature is a unique signature generated by converting the request body to base64, concatenating it with the timestamp, and signing it with your Beam API token.

The code below shows how to validate a callback signature:

import base64
import hashlib
import hmac

def verify_signature(
    request_body: bytes, secret_key: str, timestamp: int, signature: str
    # Encode request body to Base64
    base64_payload = base64.b64encode(request_body).decode()

    # Create data to sign by concatenating base64 payload with timestamp
    data_to_sign = f"{base64_payload}:{timestamp}"

    # Initialize HMAC with SHA256 and secret key
    h = hmac.new(secret_key.encode(), data_to_sign.encode(), hashlib.sha256)

    # Compute the HMAC signature
    computed_signature = h.hexdigest()
    assert signature == computed_signature