Seven Useful DigDag Tips and Tricks

DigDag is a pretty simple tool to install and run. There are quite a few tips and tricks that you can use to make your interaction productive. Here are my favourite ones.

Setup DigDag Config

DigDag command takes quite a few parameters. Instead of remembering to enter them every time, one can create a properties file. Its a standard Java properties file. You can have as many as you want with different name. I have quite a few client (,, and one for running local server ( This makes me productive and also reduces mistakes. You can find the list of properties that can go into server and client properties file on the documentation site.

Enable Authentication

By default the authentication is not enabled. So its important to enable the authentication on the server even if it is behind a firewall. The simplest one would be basic authentication. The easiest way to enable is to add the following parameters to your server config

server.authenticator-class = io.digdag.standards.auth.basic.BasicAuthenticator
basicauth.username = admin
basicauth.password = password
basicauth.admin = true

You will have to pass the --config flag to the DigDag server start command

digdag server --database . --config

Run a different version of Python

You can run your Python 2 or Python 3 versions by specifying it in the .dig file. In this example I am forcing the job to use Python 3 version. Similarly you can also make it use the Conda version of Python.

timezone: UTC
    python: /usr/bin/python3

  echo>: start ${session_time}

  py>: example.MyWorkflow.my_task

Use other programming languages or call a binary

DigDag supports Python and Ruby by default. This should be enough to get the most things done. But there could be cases where you want to use another language or a binary to get something done. Using Shell operator sh>: you can call any accessible commands or shell scripts. In the below digfile I am calling a lua program test.lua using the shell operator.

timezone: UTC
    python: /usr/bin/python3

  echo>: start ${session_time}

  py>: example.MyWorkflow.my_task

  sh>: lua test.lua

Use Restful APIs

DigDag exposes a set of Restful APIs. You can control the aspects of DigDag using it. I have written a fairly long blog post about using the DigDag APIs. For a quick start, pass --enable-swagger flag to DigDag server. This will expose the Swagger UI for you to explore the APIs.

digdag server --database . --config --enable-swagger

Use Docker

It's a good idea to run the tasks inside a docker container. This keeps the DigDag and the environment under which tasks are running separate. You can do this by adding a reference to docker image under _export.

    image: ubuntu:latest
    pull_always: true

  py>: example.MyWorkflow.my_task

By default DigDag caches the docker image. You can set pull_always flag to force pull the latest image, every time the task starts.

Make HTTP Requests

You can easily make HTTP requests using http>: operator. You can use it to send updates to remote servers or get some values. I use it to send status updates, send some push messages using pushover etc

timezone: UTC

  method: POST
    status: STARTED
    time: ${session_time}
  content_format: json  
    - Authorization: taytduywtuQYW

There are my top tips. What is yours?

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3 Responses

  1. Thejesh GN says:

    Two more:

    1. setup to access the server with basic password enabled. Assuming server is running on a local machine and has been setup to use username=admin password=password

    client.http.endpoint =
    client.http.headers.authorization = Basic YWRtaW46cGFzc3dvcmQ=

    #Then call digdag client

    digdag attempts –config

    2. In case if you are using the browser to access the server with auth, use the header modifier plugins like SimpleModifyHeaders. For example in SimpleModifyHeaders setup

    Action: add
    header field: Authorization
    field value: Basic YWRtaW46cGFzc3dvcmQ=
    apply on: request

  2. Revanna says:

    Digdag Authorization is not working even after following the steps mentioned in the

  3. Hiroyuki Sato says:

    I succeed to authenticate this instruction. Thank you Thejesh GN

    Hello, Revanna. Could you try this?

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