Saga Pattern

A Saga maintains data consistency across multiple services by using a sequence of local transactions, so without using (ACID) distributed transactions. As an example, think of an e-commerce store where customers can only create orders when their credit limit is not exceeded.

Each local transaction updates the database and publishes a command message or event to trigger the next local transaction in the saga. If a local transaction fails then the saga executes a series of compensating transactions that undo the changes that were made by the preceding local transactions. Compensation is done via coding. This makes the solution more complex. No automatic roll-back is possible, since the related entities are in different databases owned by different services.

There are two ways of coordination sagas:

  • Choreography – each local transaction publishes domain events that trigger local transactions in other services
  • Orchestration – an orchestrator (object) tells the participants what local transactions to execute


  1. The Order Service receives the POST /orders request and creates an Order in a PENDING state
  2. It then emits an Order Created event
  3. The Customer Service’s event handler attempts to reserve credit
  4. It then emits an event indicating the outcome
  5. The OrderService’s event handler either approves or rejects the Order


  1. The Order Service receives the POST /orders request and creates the Create Order saga orchestrator
  2. The saga orchestrator creates an Order in the PENDING state
  3. It then sends a Reserve Credit command to the Customer Service
  4. The Customer Service attempts to reserve credit
  5. It then sends back a reply message indicating the outcome
  6. The saga orchestrator either approves or rejects the Order

Source: Pattern Language for Micro Services