# 3. Getting Started - Jobs / Activity

This tutorial is based on example code in the Welcome Projects.

Jobs provide a means to encapsulate a process. A Job is a configuration representing input options, the steps in the process, a filter expression that matches the nodes where those steps will execute, and execution control parameters that specify if steps are run in parallel and what to do if an error occurs in one of the steps. Rundeck lets you organize and execute Jobs and observe the progress as the Job is running. You can view a list of the currently running Jobs or drill down to see the output of individual executing steps. Job executions can also be aborted if they need to be stopped.

# Activity

The Activity window shows execution history for commands and Jobs.

By default, the Activity page will list running executions and history of recent executions. The page contains a filter control that can be used to expand or limit the executions. Execution detail for each job execution will show options the job was run with, log output, job duration, etc.

Click one of the entries in the Activity window to see the executions you've already run. The list will also include commands run on the Commands page.