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Run commands on multiple CPU cores. More information:

  • Gzip several files at once, using all cores:

parallel gzip ::: {{file1}} {{file2}} {{file3}}

  • Read arguments from stdin, run 4 jobs at once:

ls *.txt | parallel -j4 gzip

  • Convert JPG images to PNG using replacement strings:

parallel convert {} {.}.png ::: *.jpg

  • Parallel xargs, cram as many args as possible onto one command:

{{args}} | parallel -X {{command}}

  • Break stdin into ~1M blocks, feed each block to stdin of new command:

cat {{big_file.txt}} | parallel --pipe --block 1M {{command}}

  • Run on multiple machines via SSH:

parallel -S {{machine1}},{{machine2}} {{command}} ::: {{arg1}} {{arg2}}