JobRunr compared

Comparing JobRunr to some alternatives...

Below you can find an external audit where JobRunr is compared to some alternatives.

This report was created on June 19, 2020 and updated on July 09, 2021.

Feature matrix

The following tables provides an overview of each approach’s features.

Project characteristics JobRunr Quartz Native JEE (Timer, ExecutorService) Spring (scheduling support) db-scheduler
Licence LGPL v3 Apache v2.0 GNU GPL v2 Apache v2.0 Apache v2.0
Cost Free Free Free Free Free
Project health Actively maintained since April 2020,
13 contributors, 47 releases
Actively maintained, on GitHub since 2010,
28 contributors, 26 releases
Since Java 5 Actively maintained since 2002,
544 contributors, over 200 releases
Actively maintained since September 2015,
22 contributors, 48 releases
Support channels GitHub Discussions and pro tier Google groups (forum, mailing list) N/A Public community and pro tier GitHub
Documentation Online documentation Online documentation None dedicated (numerous guides) Online documentation GitHub README
Participates in OpenJDK
Quality Outreach Program
Yes No N/A Yes No
Developer friendliness 5/5 2/5 3/5 3/5 3/5
Core features JobRunr Quartz Native JEE (Timer, ExecutorService) Spring (scheduling support) db-scheduler
Support for definition of job types No Yes No No Yes
Custom Trigger support No Yes No Yes Yes (Tasks.custom)
Cron support Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Asynchronous jobs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Delayed jobs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Recurring (scheduled) jobs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Persistent jobs Yes Yes No Yes (with Quartz) Yes
Management of existing jobs Yes Yes No Yes (with Quartz) Yes
Advanced features JobRunr Quartz Native JEE (Timer, ExecutorService) Spring (scheduling support) db-scheduler
Distributed processing Yes, out-of-the-box Yes No Yes (with Quartz) Yes
Transactional scheduling Yes Yes No Yes (with Quartz) Yes
Job execution thread pool Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cluster safe (i.e. single job execution) Yes, (optimistic locking) Yes, (row locks) No Yes (Quartz or Shedlock) Yes, (optimistic locking)
Multiple job stores (e.g. in-memory and DB) Yes Yes No Yes (with Quartz) No
Job listeners (notifications on jobs triggers) Yes Yes No Yes (with Quartz) No
Decoupled scheduling and processing Yes Yes (?) No Yes (with Quartz) (?) Yes
Storage support JDBC, RAM, MongoDB,
Amazon Document DB,
ElasticSearch, Redis
JDBC, Ram, Terracotta NA Multiple (Quartz or Shedlock) JDBC
Bonus features JobRunr Quartz Native JEE (Timer, ExecutorService) Spring (scheduling support) db-scheduler
Web dashboard Yes No No No No
Easy scheduling using lambdas Yes No No No Yes

JobRunr gets a 5/5 score for developer friendliness as it:

  • comes out-of-the-box with a web dashboard to present past, present and future jobs, along with execution statistics and management controls
  • has great Spring Boot, Micronaut and Quartz integration
  • auto generates all SQL Tables / NoSQL data structures on first launch
  • allows to start and schedule jobs in a 1-liner using nothing more than a Java 8 lambda