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This page walks through the basics of the W&B Launch workflow.


W&B Launch runs machine learning workloads in containers. Familiarity with containers is not required but may be helpful for this walkthrough. See the Docker documentation for a primer on containers.


Before you get started, ensure you have satisfied the following prerequisites:

  1. Sign up for an account at and then log in to your W&B account.
  2. This walkthrough requires terminal access to a machine with a working Docker CLI and engine. See the Docker installation guide for more information.
  3. Install W&B Python SDK version 0.17.1 or higher:
pip install wandb>=0.17.1
  1. Within your terminal, execute wandb login or set the WANDB_API_KEY environment variable to authenticate with W&B.

    Within your terminal execute:
    wandb login

Create a launch jobโ€‹

Create a launch job in one of three ways: with a Docker image, from a git repository or from local source code:

To run a pre-made container that logs a message to W&B, open a terminal and run the following command:

wandb launch --docker-image wandb/job_hello_world:main --project launch-quickstart

The preceding command downloads and runs the container image wandb/job_hello_world:main.

Launch configures the container to report everything logged with wandb to the launch-quickstart project. The container logs a message to W&B and displays a link to the newly created run in W&B. Click the link to view the run in the W&B UI.

Create a queueโ€‹

Launch is designed to help teams build workflows around shared compute. In the examples so far, the wandb launch command has executed a container synchronously on the local machine. Launch queues and agents enable asynchronous execution of jobs on shared resources and advanced features like prioritization and hyperparameter optimization. To create a basic queue, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to and click the Create a queue button.
  2. Select an Entity to associate the queue with.
  3. Enter a Queue name.
  4. Select Docker as the Resource.
  5. Leave Configuration blank, for now.
  6. Click Create queue ๐Ÿš€

After clicking the button, the browser will redirect to the Agents tab of the queue view. The queue remains in the Not active state until an agent starts polling.

For advanced queue configuration options, see the advanced queue setup page.

Connect an agent to the queueโ€‹

The queue view displays an Add an agent button in a red banner at the top of the screen if the queue has no polling agents. Click the button to view copy the command to run an agent. The command should look like the following:

wandb launch-agent --queue <queue-name> --entity <entity-name>

Run the command in a terminal to start the agent. The agent polls the specified queue for jobs to run. Once received, the agent downloads or builds and then executes a container image for the job, as if the wandb launch command was run locally.

Navigate back to the Launch page and verify that the queue now shoes as Active.

Submit a job to the queueโ€‹

Navigate to your new launch-quickstart project in your W&B account and open the jobs tab from the navigation on the left side of the screen.

The Jobs page displays a list of W&B Jobs that were created from previously executed runs. Click on your launch job to view source code, dependencies, and any runs created from the job. After completing this walkthrough there should be three jobs in the list.

Pick one of the new jobs and follow these instructions to submit it to the queue:

  1. Click the Launch button to submit the job to a queue. The Launch drawer will appear.
  2. Select the Queue you created earlier and click Launch.

This submits the job to the queue. The agent polling this queue picks up and executes the job. The progress of the job can be monitored from the W&B UI or by inspecting the output of the agent in the terminal.

The wandb launch command can push jobs to the queue directly by specifying the --queue argument. For example, to submit the hello-world container job to the queue, run the following command:

wandb launch --docker-image wandb/job_hello_world:main --project launch-quickstart --queue <queue-name>
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