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Throttle Concurrent Builds Plugin

This plugin allows for throttling the number of concurrent builds of a project running per node or globally.


The plugin supports two modes:

  • Throttling of runs in Jenkins by one or multiple category
  • Throttling of multiple runs of a same AbstractProject job (not recommended)
  • Throttling of runs by parameter values

For each mode it is possible to setup global, label-specific, and node-specific limit of concurrent runs. If multiple throttling categories defined, each requirement needs to be satisfied in order to pick the task from the queue.

Usage specifics:

  • If throttling category cannot be satisfied, the task submission stays in queue until the locked category becomes available. The submission can be terminated manually or by timeout.
  • The plugin throttles tasks only only on common executors. Flyweight tasks will not be throttled.
  • If the jobs are organized into a chain (e.g. via Parameterized Trigger build steps), each run in the chain is being counted independently. E.g. if ProjectA and ProjectB use category cat_A on the same node, 2 executors will be required from the category pool. Improper configuration of categories/jobs may cause deadlock of such build chains due to consumption of ll executors and waiting for downstream executions blocked in the queue.

Global configuration

Global configuration allows defining global categories. For each category you can setup global, label-specific, and node-specific restrictions for executor numbers. After the configuration, it will be possible to select and use the categories in job configurations.

Configuration example:

Global Category Configuration

To set an unlimited value of concurrent builds for a restriction, use 0.

Throttling of classic job types

Classic job types (FreeStyle, Matrix, JobDSL) can be configured via job properties in the job configuration screen. Below you can find the configuration example:

Throttle Job Property

  • There are two modes: Throttle This Project Alone and Throttle this project as part of one or more categories. Only one mode can be enabled.
  • Throttle This Project Alone
    • For this option you should configure Maximum Total Concurrent Builds and/or Maximum Concurrent Builds Per Node
    • To set an unlimited value of concurrent builds for a restriction, use 0
    • With this setting categories will be ignored
  • Throttle this project as part of one or more categories
    • For this option you should specify enabled categories using checkboxes
    • Maximum Total Concurrent Builds and Maximum Concurrent Builds Per Node fields will be ignored
  • Prevent multiple jobs with identical parameters from running concurrently
    • Adds additional throttling by parameter values

For Matrix projects the property offers two additional checkboxes, which define throttling behavior for Matrix master run and configuration runs.

Throttle Job Property for Matrix

Throttling in Jenkins Pipeline

throttle() step

Starting from throttle-concurrents-2.0 the plugin allows throttling particular Pipeline blocks by categories. For this purpose you can use the throttle() step.

How does it work?

  • If throttle() step is defined, all explicit and implicit node() invocations within this step will be throttled.
  • If node() step is defined within the parallel() block, each parallel branch will be throttled separately.
  • Throttling of Pipeline steps in throttle() will take other throttling logic like job properties in Pipeline and other job types.
  • If the specified category is missing, throttle() execution will fail the run.

Warning regarding restarting master

❗️ Due to a deadlock (as described in JENKINS-44747), a change has been made which can theoretically result in throttle categories being ignored in running Pipelines immediately after the Jenkins master has been restarted. This will be investigated further in JENKINS-44756, but was considered a necessary change in order to resolve the deadlock scenario.


Example 1: Throttling of node() runs

// Throttle of a single operation
throttle(['test_2']) {
    node() {
        sh "sleep 500"
        echo "Done"

Example 2: Throttling of parallel steps

// The script below triggers 6 subtasks in parallel.
// Then tasks will be throttled according to the category settings.
def labels = ['1', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6'] 
def builders = [:]
for (x in labels) {
    def label = x // Need to bind the label variable before the closure 

    // Create a map to pass in to the 'parallel' step so we can fire all the builds at once
    builders[label] = {
      node('linux') {
        sh "sleep 5"

throttle(['myThrottleCategory1', 'myThrottleCategory2']) {
  parallel builders
Unsupported use-cases

This section contains links to the use-cases which are not supported

  • Throttling of code blocks without node() definition. Feature request: JENKINS-44411.

Throttling Pipeline via Job properties

❗️ Warning! It is not recommended to use this option starting from throttle-concurrents-2.0. Use the throttle() step instead.

Plugin supports definition of throttling settings via job properties starting from throttle-concurrents-1.8.5. The behavior of such definition may differ from your expectation and may change in new plugin versions.

Current behavior:

  • If the property is defined, Pipeline jobs will be throttled as any other project.
  • Pipeline job will be throttled on the top level as a single instance, it will be considered as a single job even is there are declarations like parallel().
  • Node requirements will be considered for the Root Pipeline task only, so effectively only the master node will be checked

Use this option at your own risk.


MIT License


See this page.

Reporting issues

All issues should be reported to Jenkins Issue Tracker. Use the throttle-concurrent-builds-plugin component in the JENKINS project. For more information about reporting issues to Jenkins see this guide.

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