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Bazel Buildfarm

This repository hosts the Bazel remote caching and execution system.

Background information on the status of caching and remote execution in bazel can be found in the bazel documentation.

File issues here for bugs or feature requests, and ask questions via build team slack in the #buildfarm channel.

Buildfarm Wiki


All commandline options override corresponding config settings.

Bazel Buildfarm Server

Run via

bazel run //src/main/java/build/buildfarm:buildfarm-server <configfile> [<-p|--port> PORT]

Bazel Buildfarm Worker

Run via

bazel run //src/main/java/build/buildfarm:buildfarm-operationqueue-worker <configfile> [--root ROOT] [--cas_cache_directory CAS_CACHE_DIRECTORY]

Bazel Client

To use the example configured buildfarm with bazel (version 1.0 or higher), you can configure your .bazelrc as follows:

$ cat .bazelrc
build --remote_executor=grpc://localhost:8980

Then run your build as you would normally do.


Buildfarm uses Java's Logging framework and outputs all routine behavior to the NICE Level.

You can use typical Java logging configuration to filter these results and observe the flow of executions through your running services. An example file has been provided at examples/ for use as follows:

bazel run //src/main/java/build/buildfarm:buildfarm-server -- --jvm_flag=-Djava.util.logging.config.file=$PWD/examples/ $PWD/examples/server.config.example


bazel run //src/main/java/build/buildfarm:buildfarm-operationqueue-worker -- --jvm_flag=-Djava.util.logging.config.file=$PWD/examples/ $PWD/examples/worker.config.example

To attach a remote debugger, run the executable with the --debug=<PORT> flag. For example:

bazel run //src/main/java/build/buildfarm:buildfarm-server -- --debug=5005 $PWD/examples/server.config.example

Developer Information

Setting up Redis for local testing

This is done using examples/

Tested with Redis 6.0.10, other versions probably work fine as well.

First of all you need Redis installed:

  • macOS: brew install redis
  • Debian / Ubuntu: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install redis-server redis-tools

Then you need eight terminal panes for this. Six for a minimal Redis cluster, one for the Buildfarm server and one for a Buildfarm worker.

  • ./examples/ 0
  • ./examples/ 1
  • ./examples/ 2
  • ./examples/ 3
  • ./examples/ 4
  • ./examples/ 5
  • redis-cli --cluster create --cluster-replicas 1

Your Redis cluster is now up, and you can now start your Buildfarm server talking to it:

bazel run //src/main/java/build/buildfarm:buildfarm-server $PWD/examples/shard-server.config.example

And your Buildfarm worker:

mkdir /tmp/worker
bazel run //src/main/java/build/buildfarm:buildfarm-shard-worker $PWD/examples/shard-worker.config.example

Setting up intelliJ

  1. Check which IntelliJ versions are supported by the Bazel plugin

  2. Make sure you have a supported IntelliJ version, otherwise download one here

  3. Follow the Bazel plugin instructions and import ij.bazelproject

  4. Once IntelliJ is done loading your project, open and find the main() method at the bottom

  5. Press the green play button symbol in the gutter next to main() to create a Bazel build configuration for starting a server. Launching this configuration should get you a help text from Buildfarm Server indicating missing a config file.

    This indicates a successful launch!

  6. To add a config file, edit your new run configuration and enter the absolute path to examples/server.config.example in the "Executable flags" text box.

Now, you should have something like this, and you can now run / debug Buildfarm Server from inside of IntelliJ, just like any other program:

IntelliJ Buildfarm Server run configuration

Third-party Dependencies

Most third-party dependencies (e.g. protobuf, gRPC, ...) are managed automatically via rules_jvm_external. These dependencies are enumerated in the WORKSPACE with a maven_install artifacts parameter.

Things that aren't supported by rules_jvm_external are being imported as manually managed remote repos via the WORKSPACE file.


Buildfarm can be used as an external repository for composition into a deployment of your choice.

Add the following to your WORKSPACE to get access to buildfarm targets, filling in the commit and sha256 values:

load("@bazel_tools//tools/build_defs/repo:http.bzl", "http_archive")

BUILDFARM_EXTERNAL_COMMIT = "<revision commit id>"
BUILDFARM_EXTERNAL_SHA256 = "<sha256 digest of url below>"

    name = "build_buildfarm",
    strip_prefix = "bazel-buildfarm-%s" % BUILDFARM_EXTERNAL_COMMIT,

load("@build_buildfarm//:deps.bzl", "buildfarm_dependencies")


load("@build_buildfarm//:defs.bzl", "buildfarm_init")


Optionally, if you want to use the buildfarm docker container image targets, you can add this:

load("@build_buildfarm//:images.bzl", "buildfarm_images")


load("@build_buildfarm//:pip.bzl", "buildfarm_pip")


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