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Dagster Deployment Concepts#

This is applicable to Dagster Open Source. If you're looking for Dagster+, click here.

Learn about the concepts relevant to deploying Dagster. Refer to the Core concepts section for info on developing with Dagster.

Not sure where to start? Check out the Dagster architecture guide.

Dagster instance#

The Dagster instance defines all of the configuration that Dagster needs for a single deployment - for example, where to store the history of past runs and their associated logs, where to stream the raw logs from op compute functions, and how to launch new runs.

Learn more about setting up your Dagster instance.

Dagster daemon#

The Dagster Daemon operates schedules, sensors, and run queuing.

Learn more about the Dagster daemon.

Run launchers#

A run launcher is an interface to the computational resources used to execute Dagster runs. Dagster supports several types of run launchers and the ability to customize your own.

Learn more about run launchers.


An executor is responsible for executing the steps within a job run. Once a run has launched and the process for the run (the run worker) has been allocated and started, the executor assumes responsibility for execution. Executors can range from single-process serial executors to managing per-step computational resources with a sophisticated control plane.

Dagster supports several types of executors and the ability to customize your own.

Learn more about executors.

Run coordinators#

Run launchers allow you to control how Dagster manages the runs in your deployment. When a run is submitted, it's first sent to the run coordinator, which applies the limits or prioritization policies you define before submitting it to the run launcher.

Learn more about run coordinators, including configuration, debugging, and how to limit run concurrency.

Run monitoring#

Run monitoring allows you to detect hanging runs and restart crashed run workers for certain run launchers.

Learn more about run monitoring, including what run workers are supported.

Run retries#

Run retries allow you to define a maximum number of retries for failed jobs and handle crashed run workers.

Learn more about enabling and configuring run retries.