Snakemake executor plugin: flux PyPI - Version PyPI - License

This is the Flux Framework external executor plugin for snakemake.


Install this plugin by installing it with pip or mamba, e.g.:

pip install snakemake-executor-plugin-flux


In order to use the plugin, run Snakemake (>=8.0) with the corresponding value for the executor flag:

snakemake --executor flux ...

with ... being any additional arguments you want to use.

Further details

Snakemake Executor Flux

This is an example implementation for an external snakemake plugin. Since we already have one for Flux (and it can run in a container) the example is for Flux. You can use this repository as a basis to design your own executor to work with snakemake!


For this tutorial you will need Docker installer.

Flux-framework is a flexible resource scheduler that can work on both high performance computing systems and cloud (e.g., Kubernetes). Since it is more modern (e.g., has an official Python API) we define it under a cloud resource. For this example, we will show you how to set up a “single node” local Flux container to interact with snakemake using the plugin here. You can use the Dockerfile that will provide a container with Flux and snakemake Note that we install from source and bind to /home/fluxuser/snakemake with the intention of being able to develop (if desired).

First, build the container:

$ docker build -f example/Dockerfile -t flux-snake .

We will add the plugin here to /home/fluxuser/plugin, install it, and shell in as the fluxuser to optimally interact with flux. After the container builds, shell in:

$ docker run -it flux-snake bash

And start a flux instance:

$ flux start --test-size=4

Go into the examples directory (where the Snakefile is) and run snakemake, targeting your executor plugin.

$ cd ./example

# This says "use the custom executor module named snakemake_executor_plugin_flux"
$ snakemake --jobs 1 --executor flux
Building DAG of jobs...
Using shell: /bin/bash
Job stats:
job                         count    min threads    max threads
------------------------  -------  -------------  -------------
all                             1              1              1
multilingual_hello_world        2              1              1
total                           3              1              1

Select jobs to execute...

[Fri Jun 16 19:24:22 2023]
rule multilingual_hello_world:
    output: hola/world.txt
    jobid: 2
    reason: Missing output files: hola/world.txt
    wildcards: greeting=hola
    resources: tmpdir=/tmp

Job 2 has been submitted with flux jobid ƒcjn4t3R (log: .snakemake/flux_logs/multilingual_hello_world/greeting_hola.log).
[Fri Jun 16 19:24:32 2023]
Finished job 2.
1 of 3 steps (33%) done
Select jobs to execute...

[Fri Jun 16 19:24:32 2023]
rule multilingual_hello_world:
    output: hello/world.txt
    jobid: 1
    reason: Missing output files: hello/world.txt
    wildcards: greeting=hello
    resources: tmpdir=/tmp

Job 1 has been submitted with flux jobid ƒhAPLa79 (log: .snakemake/flux_logs/multilingual_hello_world/greeting_hello.log).
[Fri Jun 16 19:24:42 2023]
Finished job 1.
2 of 3 steps (67%) done
Select jobs to execute...

[Fri Jun 16 19:24:42 2023]
localrule all:
    input: hello/world.txt, hola/world.txt
    jobid: 0
    reason: Input files updated by another job: hello/world.txt, hola/world.txt
    resources: tmpdir=/tmp

[Fri Jun 16 19:24:42 2023]
Finished job 0.
3 of 3 steps (100%) done
Complete log: .snakemake/log/2023-06-16T192422.186675.snakemake.log

And that’s it! Continue reading to learn more about plugin design, and how you can also design your own executor plugin for use or development (that doesn’t need to be added to upstream snakemake).


To do the same run but bind the local plugin directory:

docker run -it -v $PWD/:/home/fluxuser/plugin flux-snake bash

The instructions for creating and scaffolding this plugin are here. Instructions for writing your plugin with examples are provided via the snakemake-executor-plugin-interface.