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Jobs that have been submitted with Tower can be monitored wherever you have an internet connection.

The Runs tab contains all previous jobs executions. Each new or resumed job will be given a random name e.g: grave_williams.

The colors signify the completion status:

  • Blue are running.
  • Green are successfully executed.
  • Red are successfully executed where at least one task failed with a "terminate" error strategy.
  • Grey are jobs that were forced to stop during execution.

Selecting any particular run from the panel will display that run's execution details.

All runs view#

Available from version 22.4.0

The All runs page, accessed from the top right avatar menu, provides a comprehensive overview of the runs accessible to a user across the entire Tower instance. This facilitates overall status monitoring and early detection of execution issues from a single view split across organizations and workspaces.

Our integrated search covers all workflow runs inside a workspace, enabling easy retrieval of complex queries. To search and filter the runs in a workspace, the user can write a search query in the "Search workflow" textbox.

The search text is interpreted by identifying all substrings formatted by keyword:value (this only applies to valid keywords shown below), combining all the rest in a single Freetext string, and then using all these search criteria to filter the runs.

An example of a complex search query is the following:

rnaseq username:john_doe status:succeeded after:2022-02-20.

This string will retrieve all runs from the workspace that:

  • Ended successfully (status:succeeded)
  • AND have been launched by user john_doe (username:john_doe)
  • AND include "rnaseq" in the data fields covered by the free text search (e.g. the run name includes rnaseq)
  • AND were submitted after February 20, 2022.

The freetext search uses a partial match to find runs, meaning that it will search for "*freetext*" when looking for runs. The keyword:value item, instead use exact match to filter runs, so username:john will not retrieve runs launched by john_doe


The implemented logic combines all filtering elements with AND logic. This means that queries like status:succeeded, status:submitted are formally valid but will return and empty list because a workflow can only have one status.


The freetext resulting after identifying all the keyword:value are merged into a unique string including spaces, which may result in an empty list of results if there are typos.


Keywords corresponding to dates (e.g. after or before) automatically convert the input date to valid ISO-8601, taking into account the user's timezone. Partial dates are also supported e.g. before:2022-5 will automatically be converted to before:2022-05-01T00:00:00.000Z under the hood.

Tower will automatically auto-suggest matching keywords while you type into the search bar. Additionally it will suggest valid values for some keywords, when supported.

Search keywords#

Free text#

  • The search box allows searching for workflows by partial match with project name, run name, session id or manifest name. Moreover, wildcards can be used to filter the desired workflows such as using asterisks * before and after keyword to filter results.

Exact match keywords#

  • worlflowId:<id>: search a workflow by its id.

    E.g: workflowId:3b7ToXeH9GvESr

  • runName:<name>: search with a specific run name.

    E.g: runName:happy_einstein

  • sessionId:<id>: search workflows with a specific session id.

    E.g: sessionId:85d35eae-21ea-4294-bc92-e35a60efa1a4

  • projectName:<name>: search workflows with a specific project name.

    E.g: projectName:nextflow-io/hello

  • userName:<name>: search workflows by a specific user name.

    E.g: userName:john_doe

  • status:<value>: search workflows with a specific status (submitted, running, succeeded, failed, cancelled, unknown).

    E.g: status:succeeded

  • before:<date>: search workflows submitted before the given date (YYYY-MM-DD format), this includes the specified date.

    E.g: before:2022-04-07

  • after:<date>: search workflows submitted after the given date (YYYY-MM-DD format), this includes the specified date.

    E.g: after:2022-04-06

  • label:<name>: search workflows with a specific label (combine multiple label keywords in order to search workflows associated with all of those labels).

    E.g: label:label1 label:label2

  • is:starred: search workflows that have been starred by the user. E.g: is:starred

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