Searching Jobs

The search bar supports basic and advanced syntax to whittle down jobs based on multiple fields. Without any qualifiers, your terms are matched against worker, args and meta fields using loose matching or tsquery checks, as appropriate.

For more advanced syntax, check the sections below.

Note: Multi-field advanced searching is only supported for PostgreSQL 11+. For older versions, only the worker is searched



Here are a few non-trivial examples that combine the available syntax and demonstrate what's possible:

Search for "alpha" only in the worker column:

alpha in:worker

Search for "alpha", and not "omega" in tags and worker columns:

alpha -omega in:tags,meta

Search for "alpha" and not "omega" in tags column with a high priority:

alpha not omega in:tags priority:0

Search for the phrase "super alpha" in tags and "pro" under the account.plan keys of the args column:

"super alpha" in:tags pro in:args.account.plan



With the in: qualifier you can restrict your search to the worker, args, meta, tags, or any combination of these.

  • foo in:args — only search within args, using a tsquery based search
  • foo in:meta — only search within meta, using a tsquery based search
  • foo in:tags — only search within tags, using a tsquery based search
  • myapp in:worker — only search within the worker, using a loose ilike style match

To search through multiple fields, join them together with a comma. For example:

  • foo in:args,meta
  • foo in:tags,meta,args
  • foo in:worker,tags


Nested Fields

For the jsonb fields, args and meta, you can also use "dot" path syntax to restrict search to nested data.

  • a1b2c3d4 in:meta.worker_id
  • business

Naturally, you can combine path syntax with multi-field syntax:

  • foo in:args.batch_id,meta.worker_id
  • foo in:args.user.plan,tags


ID Matches

The id: qualifier restricts results to one or more jobs by id. Filter down to multiple jobs by separating ids with a comma:

  • id:123
  • id:123,124,125


Priority Filtering

The priority field is searchable as well. Use priority: and any combination of values between 0 and 3 to filter jobs by priority:

  • priority:0
  • priority:0,1
  • priority:0,1,2,3


Quoted Terms

If your search query contains whitespace, you will need to surround it with quotation marks. For example:

  • "foo bar"
  • alpha not "foo bar"


Excluding Terms

You can exclude results containing a certain word, using the not syntax. The not operator can only be used for args, meta and tags. It does not work for worker.

  • not alpha
  • foo -bar in:tags



You can't use the following wildcard characters as part of your search query:

, : ; / \ ' = * ! ? # $ & + ^ | ~ < > ( ) { } [ ]

The search will stripe these symbols and ignore them.



Full text queries may be prohibitively slow for large tables, especially for states like completed that may have a lot of jobs. To boost full text query performance you can add optional gin indexes for args, meta, or tags columns:

-- Args
CREATE INDEX index_oban_jobs_gin_on_args
ON oban_jobs
USING gin (jsonb_to_tsvector('english', args, '["all"]'));

-- Meta
CREATE INDEX index_oban_jobs_gin_on_meta
ON oban_jobs
USING gin (jsonb_to_tsvector('english', meta, '["all"]'));

-- Tags
CREATE INDEX index_oban_jobs_gin_on_tags
ON oban_jobs
USING gin (array_to_tsvector(tags));

Remember, creating and maintaining indexes places additional burden on your database. Before adding indexes, investigate using the focused search options shown earlier in this guide.