jobs - print currently running jobs


jobs [OPTIONS] [ PID | %JOBID ]


jobs prints a list of the currently running jobs and their status.

jobs accepts the following switches:

  • -c or --command prints the command name for each process in jobs.

  • -g or --group only prints the group ID of each job.

  • -l or --last prints only the last job to be started.

  • -p or --pid prints the process ID for each process in all jobs.

  • -q or --query prints no output for evaluation of jobs by exit status only. For compatibility with old fish versions this is also --quiet (but this is deprecated).

On systems that supports this feature, jobs will print the CPU usage of each job since the last command was executed. The CPU usage is expressed as a percentage of full CPU activity. Note that on multiprocessor systems, the total activity may be more than 100%.

Arguments of the form PID or %JOBID restrict the output to jobs with the selected process identifiers or job numbers respectively.

If the output of jobs is redirected or if it is part of a command substitution, the column header that is usually printed is omitted, making it easier to parse.

The exit status of jobs is 0 if there are running background jobs and 1 otherwise.


jobs outputs a summary of the current jobs, such as two long-running tasks in this example:

Job Group   State   Command
2   26012   running nc -l 55232 < /dev/random &
1   26011   running python tests/ &