Hopsworks provides a way to programmatically build Spark Job Workflows by using HopsUtil. To build a workflow, users need to do the following:

  • Create the jobs that need to be part of the project’s workflow.
  • Create and run the workflow job, that is the one that implements and initiates the workflow.


HopsUtil provides a simple API (please consult HopsUtil javadoc for detailed information) to manage Hopsworks jobs. The API consists of the following two methods that accept a number of different parameters for more fine grained workflow management.

  • startJobs: Gets a number of job IDs as input parameter and starts the respective jobs of the project for which the user invoking the jobs is also their creator. It can be used like HopsUtil.startJobs(1);
  • waitJobs: Waits for jobs (supplied as comma-separated job IDs) to transition to a running (default) state or not running, depending whether an optional boolean parameter is true or not. It can be used like waitJobs(1,5,11);, which means the method will return when all three jobs with IDs 1,5,11 have finished running, or waitJobs(false, 1,5,11); which means the method will return when all jobs have entered the running state.


Suppose there are two jobs in a project that prepare and analyze data, PrepareData and DataAnalyzer respectively. A simple workflow would be to run the PrepareData first in order to clean up and transform some data to a format required by the analyzer. Once the PrepareData job is finished, we want the DataAnalyzer to start automatically. The WorkFlowManager code to build the workflow would look like:

//Start job with ID: 6145 that prepares data for job with id 6146

//Wait for job with ID: 6145 to complete

//Start job with ID: 6146

Source code for WorkflowManager is available here.

The Job Service after running the workflow would look like the following image:

Job Service - Workflow Example

Job Service - Workflow Example

Note that the API accepts job IDs instead of names, since different jobs can have the same name. To find the ID of a job, users need to click on the Job Details page shown in the following image:

Job Details

Job Details