» Task Drivers

Task drivers are used by Nomad clients to execute a task and provide resource isolation. By having extensible task drivers, Nomad has the flexibility to support a broad set of workloads across all major operating systems.

Starting with Nomad 0.9, task drivers are now pluggable. This gives users the flexibility to introduce their own drivers without having to recompile Nomad. You can view the plugin stanza documentation for examples on how to use the plugin stanza in Nomad's client configuration. Note that we have introduced new syntax when specifying driver options in the client configuration (see docker for an example). Keep in mind that even though all built-in drivers are now plugins, Nomad remains a single binary and maintains backwards compatibility except with the lxc driver.

The list of supported task drivers is provided on the left of this page. Each task driver documents the configuration available in a job specification, the environments it can be used in, and the resource isolation mechanisms available.

For details on authoring a task driver plugin, please refer to the plugin authoring guide.

Task driver resource isolation is intended to provide a degree of separation of Nomad client CPU / memory / storage between tasks. Resource isolation effectiveness is dependent upon individual task driver implementations and underlying client operating systems. Task drivers do include various security-related controls, but the Nomad client to task interface should not be considered a security boundary. See the access control guide for more information on how to protect Nomad cluster operations.