Python API

You can create a dask.distributed scheduler by importing and creating a Client with no arguments. This overrides whatever default was previously set.

from dask.distributed import Client
client = Client()

You can navigate to http://localhost:8787/status to see the diagnostic dashboard if you have Bokeh installed.


You can trivially set up a local cluster on your machine by instantiating a Dask Client with no arguments

from dask.distributed import Client
client = Client()

This sets up a scheduler in your local process along with a number of workers and threads per worker related to the number of cores in your machine.

If you want to run workers in your same process, you can pass the processes=False keyword argument.

client = Client(processes=False)

This is sometimes preferable if you want to avoid inter-worker communication and your computations release the GIL. This is common when primarily using NumPy or Dask Array.


The Client() call described above is shorthand for creating a LocalCluster and then passing that to your client.

from dask.distributed import Client, LocalCluster
cluster = LocalCluster()
client = Client(cluster)

This is equivalent, but somewhat more explicit.

You may want to look at the keyword arguments available on LocalCluster to understand the options available to you on handling the mixture of threads and processes, like specifying explicit ports, and so on.

To create a local cluster with all workers running in dedicated subprocesses, dask.distributed also offers the experimental SubprocessCluster.

Cluster manager features

Instantiating a cluster manager class like LocalCluster and then passing it to the Client is a common pattern. Cluster managers also provide useful utilities to help you understand what is going on.

For example you can retrieve the Dashboard URL.

>>> cluster.dashboard_link

You can retrieve logs from cluster components.

>>> cluster.get_logs()
{'Cluster': '',
'Scheduler': "distributed.scheduler - INFO - Clear task state\ndistributed.scheduler - INFO -   S...

If you are using a cluster manager that supports scaling you can modify the number of workers manually or automatically based on workload.

>>> cluster.scale(10)  # Sets the number of workers to 10

>>> cluster.adapt(minimum=1, maximum=10)  # Allows the cluster to auto scale to 10 when tasks are computed


class distributed.deploy.local.LocalCluster(name=None, n_workers=None, threads_per_worker=None, processes=None, loop=None, start=None, host=None, ip=None, scheduler_port=0, silence_logs=30, dashboard_address=':8787', worker_dashboard_address=None, diagnostics_port=None, services=None, worker_services=None, service_kwargs=None, asynchronous=False, security=None, protocol=None, blocked_handlers=None, interface=None, worker_class=None, scheduler_kwargs=None, scheduler_sync_interval=1, **worker_kwargs)[source]

Create local Scheduler and Workers

This creates a “cluster” of a scheduler and workers running on the local machine.

n_workers: int

Number of workers to start

memory_limit: str, float, int, or None, default “auto”

Sets the memory limit per worker.

Notes regarding argument data type:

  • If None or 0, no limit is applied.

  • If “auto”, the total system memory is split evenly between the workers.

  • If a float, that fraction of the system memory is used per worker.

  • If a string giving a number of bytes (like "1GiB"), that amount is used per worker.

  • If an int, that number of bytes is used per worker.

Note that the limit will only be enforced when processes=True, and the limit is only enforced on a best-effort basis — it’s still possible for workers to exceed this limit.

processes: bool

Whether to use processes (True) or threads (False). Defaults to True, unless worker_class=Worker, in which case it defaults to False.

threads_per_worker: int

Number of threads per each worker

scheduler_port: int

Port of the scheduler. Use 0 to choose a random port (default). 8786 is a common choice.

silence_logs: logging level

Level of logs to print out to stdout. logging.WARN by default. Use a falsey value like False or None for no change.

host: string

Host address on which the scheduler will listen, defaults to only localhost

ip: string

Deprecated. See host above.

dashboard_address: str

Address on which to listen for the Bokeh diagnostics server like ‘localhost:8787’ or ‘’. Defaults to ‘:8787’. Set to None to disable the dashboard. Use ‘:0’ for a random port.

worker_dashboard_address: str

Address on which to listen for the Bokeh worker diagnostics server like ‘localhost:8787’ or ‘’. Defaults to None which disables the dashboard. Use ‘:0’ for a random port.

diagnostics_port: int

Deprecated. See dashboard_address.

asynchronous: bool (False by default)

Set to True if using this cluster within async/await functions or within Tornado gen.coroutines. This should remain False for normal use.

blocked_handlers: List[str]

A list of strings specifying a blocklist of handlers to disallow on the Scheduler, like ['feed', 'run_function']

service_kwargs: Dict[str, Dict]

Extra keywords to hand to the running services

securitySecurity or bool, optional

Configures communication security in this cluster. Can be a security object, or True. If True, temporary self-signed credentials will be created automatically.

protocol: str (optional)

Protocol to use like tcp://, tls://, inproc:// This defaults to sensible choice given other keyword arguments like processes and security

interface: str (optional)

Network interface to use. Defaults to lo/localhost

worker_class: Worker

Worker class used to instantiate workers from. Defaults to Worker if processes=False and Nanny if processes=True or omitted.


Extra worker arguments. Any additional keyword arguments will be passed to the Worker class constructor.


>>> cluster = LocalCluster()  # Create a local cluster  
>>> cluster  
LocalCluster("", workers=8, threads=8)
>>> c = Client(cluster)  # connect to local cluster  

Scale the cluster to three workers

>>> cluster.scale(3)  

Pass extra keyword arguments to Bokeh

>>> LocalCluster(service_kwargs={'dashboard': {'prefix': '/foo'}})