In addition to a completely data centric data flow specification, Flowman also supports so called jobs, which simply provide a list of targets to be built. The correct build order of all specified build targets is determined automatically by Flowman by examining the artifacts being generated and required by each target.


    description: "Processes all outputs"
      - some_parent_job
      - name: processing_date
        type: string
        description: "Specifies the date in yyyy-MM-dd for which the job will be run"
      - start_ts=$processing_date
      - end_ts=$Date.parse($processing_date).plusDays(1)
      - kind: web
      - some_hive_table
      - some_files


  • description (optional) (type: string): A textual description of the job
  • extends (optional) (type: list:string): A list of other job names, which should be extended by this job. All environment variables, parameters, build targets, hooks and metrics will be inherited from the parent jobs. This helps to split up a big job into smaller ones or to reuse some configuration in slightly different but related jobs.
  • targets (optional) (type: list:string): A list of names of all targets that should be built as part of this job.
  • environment (optional) (type: list:string): A list of key=value pairs for defining or overriding environment variables which can be accessed in expressions. You can also access the job parameters in the environment definition for deriving new values.
  • parameters (optional) (type: list:parameter): A list of job parameters. Values for job parameters have to be specified for each job execution, be it either directly via the command line or via setting an environment vatiable in a derived job.
  • hooks (optional) (type: list:hook): A list of hooks which will be called before and after each job and target is executed. Hooks provide some ways to notify external systems (or possibly plugins) about the current execution status of jobs and targets.
  • metrics (optional) (type: list:hook): A list of metrics that should be published after job execution. See below for more details.


For each job Flowman provides the following execution metrics:

  • metric: “job_runtime”
  • labels:
    • category: “job”
    • kind: “job”
    • namespace: The name of the namespace
    • project: The name of the project

Job Parameters

A Job optionally can have parameters, which play a special role. First they have to be specified when a job is run from the command line (via flowexec job run param=value).

Second flowman can be conifgured such that every run of a job is logged into a database. The log entry includes the job’s name and also all values for all parameters. This way it is possible to identify individual runs of a job.

With these explanations in mind, you should only declare job parameters which have a influence on the data processing result (for example the processing date range). Other settings like credentials should not be provided as job parameters, but as normal environment variables instead.

Job Isolation

Because a Job might be invoked with different values for the same set of parameters, each Job will be executed in a logically isolated environment, where all cached data is cleared after the Job is finished. This way it is ensured that all mappings which rely on specific parameter values, are reevaluated when the same Job is run mutliple times within a project.

Publishing Metrics

Each job can define a set of metrics to be published. The job only contains the logical definition of metrics, the type and endpoint of the receiver of the metrics is defined in the namespace.