Diagnostics (distributed)

The Dask distributed scheduler provides live feedback in two forms:

  1. An interactive dashboard containing many plots and tables with live information

  2. A progress bar suitable for interactive use in consoles or notebooks


If Bokeh is installed then the dashboard will start up automatically whenever the scheduler is created. For local use this happens when you create a client with no arguments:

from dask.distributed import Client
client = Client()  # start distributed scheduler locally.  Launch dashboard

It is typically served at http://localhost:8787/status , but may be served elsewhere if this port is taken. The address of the dashboard will be displayed if you are in a Jupyter Notebook, or can be queried from client.dashboard_link (or for older versions of distributed, client.scheduler_info()['services']).

There are numerous pages with information about task runtimes, communication, statistical profiling, load balancing, memory use, and much more. For more information we recommend the video guide above.

Capture diagnostics

You can capture some of the same information that the dashboard presents for offline processing using the get_task_stream and Client.profile functions. These capture the start and stop time of every task and transfer, as well as the results of a statistical profiler.

with get_task_stream(plot='save', filename="task-stream.html") as ts:


history = ts.data

Additionally, Dask can save many diagnostics dashboards at once including the task stream, worker profiles, bandwidths, etc. with the performance_report context manager:

from dask.distributed import performance_report

with performance_report(filename="dask-report.html"):
    ## some dask computation

The following video demonstrates the performance_report context manager in greater detail:

Progress bar

The dask.distributed progress bar differs from the ProgressBar used for local diagnostics. The progress function takes a Dask object that is executing in the background:

# Single machine progress bar
from dask.diagnostics import ProgressBar

with ProgressBar():

# Distributed scheduler ProgressBar

from dask.distributed import Client, progress

client = Client()  # use dask.distributed by default

x = x.persist()  # start computation in the background
progress(x)      # watch progress

x.compute()      # convert to final result when done if desired

Connecting to the Dashboard

Some computer networks may restrict access to certain ports or only allow access from certain machines. If you are unable to access the dashboard then you may want to contact your IT administrator.

Some common problems and solutions follow:

Specify an accessible port

Some clusters restrict the ports that are visible to the outside world. These ports may include the default port for the web interface, 8787. There are a few ways to handle this:

  1. Open port 8787 to the outside world. Often this involves asking your cluster administrator.

  2. Use a different port that is publicly accessible using the --dashboard-address :8787 option on the dask-scheduler command.

  3. Use fancier techniques, like Port Forwarding

Port Forwarding

If you have SSH access then one way to gain access to a blocked port is through SSH port forwarding. A typical use case looks like the following:

local$ ssh -L 8000:localhost:8787 user@remote
remote$ dask-scheduler  # now, the web UI is visible at localhost:8000
remote$ # continue to set up dask if needed -- add workers, etc

It is then possible to go to localhost:8000 and see Dask Web UI. This same approach is not specific to dask.distributed, but can be used by any service that operates over a network, such as Jupyter notebooks. For example, if we chose to do this we could forward port 8888 (the default Jupyter port) to port 8001 with ssh -L 8001:localhost:8888 user@remote.

Required Packages

Bokeh must be installed in your scheduler’s environment to run the dashboard. If it’s not the dashboard page will instruct you to install it.

Depending on your configuration, you might also need to install jupyter-server-proxy to access the dashboard.