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Ensure a single process is running. Using lockfile and process checking.


Sometime you want that a process runs at most once, for example a scheduled cron job that should always finish before starting again. That was my case.


pip install sing


Normally, at the beginning of the file, you may want to declare, that you want to be the single instance:

from sing import single

assert single()

That’s it, for most of the use case, you don’t need anything else. The assert will fail if the lock is already taken.

This uses a pid lockfile, in a temporary folder to ensure this. More on that in

You may want to grant all the lock from the same process, in that case you’ll need.

assert single(allow_all_from_this_process=True)

You may have different subsections, and you want to have different locks, even if you’re on the same process, both of them will return True:


Finally, if a PID file is there, but the process died, you may want to grant the lock. Use the ensure_process_running to check it.



This package was created with Cookiecutter and the audreyr/cookiecutter-pypackage project template.

Lot of inspiration comes from pycontribs/tendo that serves the same purpose. I needed PID file, and allow same process grants, so I made this package.