Album distributed

An Album plugin for distributed calls This is an early version of enhancing album with calls for batch and distributed processing.


  1. Install Album

  2. Activate the Album environment: If you installed Album with the Album installation wizard use one of the following commands to activate your Album environment:

    micromamba activate -p ~/.album/envs/album

    If you installed Album manually use following command:

    conda activate album
  3. Install this plugin:

pip install


Fist, install a solution - replace with the path to your solution / solution folder or with the group:name:version coordinates of your solution.

album install

Now you can use the plugin:

album run-distributed

The plugin does two things:

  1. It figures out if the input arguments match multiple tasks - in this case, it generates the different task arguments.

  2. It runs all matching tasks, the mode for running these tasks can be chosen.

Since the matching part can be tricky, please use the --dry-run argument to first print a list of matched tasks:

album run-distributed --dry-run

On Windows, replace the slashes with backslashes in the examples on this page.

Please let us know if you run into issues.

Matching input arguments

To generate multiple tasks, patterns in file name arguments can be used to match multiple files.

Using patterns in a single argument

You should be able to use all glob features when using it in a single argument. Here are some examples:

In the following scenarios has an argument called input_data.

Match all .tif files in the current folder:

album run-distributed --input_data *.tif

Match all .tif files in a specific folder where the file name starts with input:

album run-distributed --input_data /data/input*.tif

Match all .tif files recursively, starting from the current folder:

album run-distributed --input_data **/*.tif

Using patterns in multiple arguments

When using patterns in multiple arguments, this plugin will try to figure out the corresponding argument values based on which of the patterns match with existing files. This is likely to fail in a bunch of situations - please use the --dry-run argument to test if the matched tasks correspond with your expectation.

In the following scenarios has two arguments called input_data and output_data.

Use all .tif files in the current folder and append _out to the file name for the output argument.

album run-distributed --input_data *.tif --output_data *_out.tif

Do the same thing recursively:

album run-distributed --input_data **/*.tif --output_data **/*_out.tif

Let the output argument values live in a different folder:

album run-distributed --input_data *.tif --output_data output/*.tif

Since Album does not yet distinguish between input and output arguments, be aware that if the output_data argument in these scenarios matches existing files, the plugin will also try to generate corresponding input_file values. We will work on improving this.


You can set the mode by using the --mode argument:

album run-distributed --mode queue

By default, the plugin will use the basic mode.


In this mode, all tasks will be performed one after each other. The console output of each task will be printed.


In this mode, a set of thread workers will be created to process tasks in parallel. The console output of each task will not be printed. You can control how many threads should be created with the --threads argument:

album run-distributed --mode queue --threads 16