These pages are for people interested in installing and using Jupyter Scheduler.

For configuration options, please refer to our operator’s guide.


Jupyter Scheduler has a lab (client) extension and a server extension. Both are required to be able to schedule and run notebooks. If you install Jupyter Scheduler via the JupyterLab extension manager, you might only install the client extension and not the server extension.

Recommended: Install Jupyter Scheduler from the PyPI registry via pip:

pip install jupyter_scheduler

This automatically enables the lab and server extensions. You can verify this by running

jupyter server extension list
jupyter labextension list

and checking that both the jupyter_scheduler server extension and the @jupyterlab/scheduler prebuilt lab extension are enabled.


JupyterLab 3 will reach its end of maintenance date on May 15, 2024, anywhere on Earth. As a result, we will not backport new features to the v1 branch supporting JupyterLab 3 after this date. Fixes for critical issues will still be backported until December 31, 2024. If you are still using JupyterLab 3, we strongly encourage you to upgrade to JupyterLab 4 as soon as possible. For more information, see JupyterLab 3 end of maintenance on the Jupyter Blog.


Jupyter Scheduler runs Jupyter notebooks in the background, either once or on a schedule. You can create jobs (single run of an individual notebook) and job definitions (scheduled recurring notebook jobs). When the scheduler runs your notebook, it makes a copy of the input file. The scheduler uses unique names for the input and output files so that rerunning the same notebook produces new files every time.

Creating a job or job definition#

Choose a notebook#

To create a job or job definition from a file browser, right-click on a notebook in the file browser and choose “Create Notebook Job” from the context menu: “Create Notebook Job” button in the file browser context menu

To create a job or job definition from an open notebook, click on a “Create a notebook job” button in the top toolbar of the open notebook: “Create a notebook job” button in the top toolbar of the open Notebook

Submit the Create Job form#

Give your notebook job or job definition a name, choose an environment to run it in, select its output formats, and provide parameters that are set as local variables when your notebook gets executed. This parameterized execution is similar to the one used in Papermill.

To create a job that runs once, select “Run now” in the “Schedule” section, and click “Create”. "Create Job Form"

To create a job definition that runs repeatedly on a schedule, select “Run on a schedule” in the “Schedule” section. You can use shortcuts to, for example, run your notebook every hour or every day. "Run on schedule"

You can also specify a custom schedule in crontab format by selecting “Custom schedule” in the “Interval” drop-down menu. "Custom schedule option"

Using list view#

Once you’ve created a job or job schedule, you can use the “Notebook Jobs” icon in the launcher to view lists of jobs and job definitions.

"Launcher with Notebook Jobs icon in Other section"

Each item’s name links to a detail view.

"Job name as a link in each column"

You can sort the list by clicking one of the headers (for example, click the “Job name” header to sort the list alphabetically based on “Job Name”).

"Notebook Jobs list sorted alphabetically after Job Name header is clicked"

You can also delete each job or stop a running job by clicking the buttons in the “Actions” column. The job definitions list also has a button to pause and resume a job definition. Paused job definitions do not start jobs.

"Delete and Stop buttons in Actions column"

When one of your jobs has completed, you can download its input and output files by clicking the “Download job files” button in the “Output files” column.

"Download button in Output Files column"

After clicking the download button, links to files appear in the “Input file” and “Output files” columns.

"Links to downloaded files in Output Files column after download is finished"

Details view#

You can click the job or job definition name in the list view to see details.

Job detail#

The job detail page displays information about one job. It includes action buttons to reload the detail view, stop the job (if it’s in progress), download output files (if it’s finished), and delete a job.

"Action buttons in job detail view"

Job definition detail#

The job definition detail page displays information about one job definition. It includes action buttons to reload, pause, resume, edit, and delete the job definition. It also includes a list of jobs created by this job definition.

You can run a new job based on the input file snapshot by clicking the “Run Job” button on top of the detail view.

"Action buttons in job definition detail view"