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Run Retries#

If you configure run retries, a new run will be kicked off whenever a run fails for any reason. Compared to op retries, the maximum retry limit for run retries applies to the whole run instead of each individual op. Run retries also handle the case where the run process crashes or is unexpectedly terminated.


How to configure run retries depends on whether you're using Dagster+ or Dagster Open Source:

  • Dagster+: Use the Dagster+ UI or the dagster-plus CLI to set a default maximum number of retries. Run retries do not need to be explicitly enabled.
  • Dagster Open Source: Use your instance's dagster.yaml to enable run retries.

For example, the following will set a default maximum number of retries of 3 for all runs:

  enabled: true # Omit this key if using Dagster+, since run retries are enabled by default
  max_retries: 3

In both Dagster+ and Dagster Open Source, you can also configure retries using tags either on Job definitions or in the Dagster UI Launchpad.

from dagster import job

@job(tags={"dagster/max_retries": 3})
def sample_job():

@job(tags={"dagster/max_retries": 3, "dagster/retry_strategy": "ALL_STEPS"})
def other_sample_sample_job():

Retry Strategy#

The dagster/retry_strategy tag controls which ops the retry will run.

By default, retries will re-execute from failure (tag value FROM_FAILURE). This means that any successful ops will be skipped, but their output will be used for downstream ops. If the dagster/retry_strategy tag is set to ALL_STEPS, all the ops will run again.

Note: FROM_FAILURE requires an I/O manager that can access outputs from other runs. For example, on Kubernetes the s3_pickle_io_manager would work but the FilesytemIOManager would not, since the new run is in a new Kubernetes job with a separate filesystem.

Combining op and run retries#

By default, if a run fails due to an op failure and both op and run retries are enabled, the overlapping retries might cause the op to be retried more times than desired. This is because the op retry count will reset for each retried run.

To prevent this, you can configure run retries to only retry when the failure is for a reason other than an op failure, like a crash or an unexpected termination of the run worker. This behavior is controlled by the run_retries.retry_on_asset_or_op_failure setting, which defaults to true but can be overridden to false.

For example, the following configures run retries so that they ignore runs that failed due to a step failure:

  enabled: true # Omit this key if using Dagster+, since run retries are enabled by default
  max_retries: 3
  retry_on_asset_or_op_failure: false

Note: Setting retry_on_asset_or_op_failure to false will only change retry behavior for runs on Dagster version 1.6.7 or greater.