Manage HTCondor jobs, job sets, dags, event logs, and resources


htcondor [ -h | --help ] [ -v | -q ]

htcondor job submit [--resource resource-type] [--runtime time-seconds] [--email email-address] submit_file
htcondor job status [--resource resource-type] [--skip-history] job_id
htcondor job resources [--resource resource-type] [--skip-history] job_id
htcondor jobset submit description-file
htcondor jobset list [--allusers]
htcondor jobset status job-set-name [--owner user-name] [--nobatch] [--skip-history]
htcondor jobset remove job-set-name [--owner user-name]
htcondor dag submit dag-file
htcondor dag status dagman-job-id
htcondor eventlog read [ -csv | -json] [ --groupby attribute ] eventlog
htcondor eventlog follow [ -csv | -json] [ --groupby attribute ] eventlog


htcondor is a tool for managing HTCondor jobs, job sets, resources, event logs, and DAGs. It can replace condor_submit, condor_submit_dag, condor_q, condor_status, and condor_userlog, as well as all-new functionality and features. The user interface is more consistent than its predecessor tools.

The first argument of the htcondor command (ignoring any global options) is the noun representing an object in the HTCondor system to be operated on. The nouns include an individual job, jobset, eventlog, or a dag. Each noun is then followed by a noun-specific verb that describe the operation on that noun.

One of the following optional global option may appear before the noun:

Global Options

htcondor -h, htcondor --help

Display the help message. Can also be specified after any verb to display the options available for each verb.

htcondor -q …

Reduce verbosity of log messages.

htcondor -v …

Increase verbosity of log messages.

A noun-specific verb appears after each noun; the verbs are sorted by noun in the list, which includes with their individual option flags.

Job Verbs

htcondor job submit submit_file

Takes as an argument a submit file in the condor_submit job submit description language, and places a new job in an Access Point

htcondor job submit options

htcondor job submit --resource resource_type submit_file

Resource type used to run this job. Currently supports Slurm and EC2. Assumes the necessary setup is complete and security tokens available.

htcondor job submit --runtime runtime_in_seconds submit_file

Amount of time in seconds to allocate resources. Used in conjunction with the --resource flag.

htcondor job submit --email address submit_file

Email address to receive notification messages. Used in conjunction with the --resource flag.

htcondor job status

Takes as an argument a job id in the form of clusterid.procid, and returns a human readable presentation of the status of that job.

job status option

htcondor job status --skip-history

Passed to the status verb to skip checking history if job not found in the active job queue.

htcondor job resources

Takes as an argument a job id in the form of clusterid.procid, and returns a human readable presentation the machine resource used by this job.

Jobset Verbs

htcondor jobset submit submit_file

Takes as an argument a submit file in the condor_submit job submit description language, and places a new job set in an Access Point

htcondor jobset list

Succinctly lists all the jobsets in the queue which are owned by the current user.

htcondor jobset list options

htcondor jobset list --allusers

Shows jobs from all users, not just those owned by the current user.

htcondor jobset status submit_file

Takes as an argument a job set name, and shows detailed information about that job set.

htcondor jobset status options

htcondor jobset status --nobatch

Shows jobs in a more detailed view, one line per job

htcondor jobset status --owner ownername

Shows jobs from the specified job owner.

htcondor jobset status --skiphistory

Shows detailed information only about active jobs in the queue, and ignore historical jobs which have left the queue. This runs much faster.

htcondor jobset remove job_name

Takes as an argument a job_name in the queue, and removes it from the Access Point.

htcondor jobsets remove options

htcondor jobset remove --owner=owner_name Removes all jobs owned by the given owner.

Eventlog Verbs

htcondor eventlog read logfile

Takes as an argument an event log to process. It may be the per-job or per-jobset eventlog, which was specified by the log = some_file in the submit description language. For a dag, it may also be the nodes.log file that all dags generate. Or, if the global event log is enabled by an administrator with the EVENT_LOG configuration knob, it may be the global event log, containing information about all jobs on the Access point.

Given this file, htcondor eventlog read returns information about all the contained jobs, and their status. It runs much faster than condor_history, because these logs are more concise than the history files. Unlike condor_history, it will also show information about jobs that have not yet left the queue.

htcondor eventlog follow logfile

Takes as an argument an event log to process, as above, but instead of processing that file to completion, it does the equivalent of tail -f, and runs until interruption, emitting information about jobs as it appears in the file.

Eventlog Options


By default, htcondor eventlog read emits a table of information in human readable format. With this option, the output is in a command separated value format, suitable for injestion by a spreadsheet or database.


Emits output in the json format. Only one of -csv or -json should be given.

--group-by attributeName

With a job ad attribute name, instead of one line per job, emit one line summarizing all jobs that share the same value for the attribute name given. In the OSG, the GLIDEIN_SITE attribute is injected into all jobs, so one can quickly get a count of all jobs running, idle and exitted per site by using this option.


$ htcondor eventlog read logfile

Job       Host            Start Time   Evict Time   Evictions   Wall Time     Good Time     CPU Usage
19989.0   slot1_1@speedy  5/18 12:34   5/18 12:54   0           0+00:20:00    0+00:20:00    0+00:00:00
19990.0   slot1_1@lumpy   5/22 18:51   5/22 18:51   1           0+00:02:00    0+00:00:00    0+00:00:43
20003.0   slot1_1@chtc    8/9 23:33    8/9 23:37    1           0+00:04:00    0+00:00:00    0+00:00:00
20004.0   slot1_1@wisc    8/9 23:38    8/9 23:58    0           0+00:20:00    0+00:20:00    0+00:00:00

Exit Status

htcondor will exit with a non-zero status value if it fails and zero status if it succeeds.