Remote Execution Overview

This page covers the benefits, requirements, and options for running Bazel with remote execution.

By default, Bazel executes builds and tests on your local machine. Remote execution of a Bazel build allows you to distribute build and test actions across multiple machines, such as a datacenter.

Remote execution provides the following benefits:

  • Faster build and test execution through scaling of nodes available for parallel actions
  • A consistent execution environment for a development team
  • Reuse of build outputs across a development team

Bazel uses an open-source gRPC protocol to allow for remote execution and remote caching.

For a list of commercially supported remote execution services as well as self-service tools, see Remote Execution Services


Remote execution of Bazel builds imposes a set of mandatory configuration constraints on the build. For more information, see Adapting Bazel Rules for Remote Execution.