Spring Scheduled Tasks Stop Working

Investigate and fix stopped @Scheduled methods in Spring.

The issue

I have a Spring Scheduled task stopped working on the production. In the log, I see the task run every minute, and it just disappears for good untile I restarted the docker container.

2046-05-22 14:04:32.801 [   scheduling-1] org.xxx.xxx.xxx: scheduled task is running
2046-05-22 14:05:32.801 [   scheduling-1] org.xxx.xxx.xxx: scheduled task is running
2046-05-22 14:06:32.801 [   scheduling-1] org.xxx.xxx.xxx: scheduled task is running


1. ThreadPool size

The scheduled tasks thread pool size by default is 1. I had a look at our Services, there’re 10 more scheduled tasks other than mine. So the size should bigger.

In the log, scheduling-1 is the default thread name. This thread is reused all the time. If there is anything run too long, and the thread pool cannot recycle it, all scheduled tasks will stop.

2. AOP method to log all @Scheduled execution time

  1. Dependencies

  2. AOP

     public class LoggingAspect {
         public Object logExecutionTime(ProceedingJoinPoint joinPoint) throws Throwable {
             long start = System.currentTimeMillis();
             Object proceed = joinPoint.proceed();
             long executionTime = System.currentTimeMillis() - start;
             if (executionTime > 1000) {
                 System.out.println(joinPoint.getSignature() + " executed in " + executionTime + "ms ----- attention");
             } else {
                 System.out.println(joinPoint.getSignature() + " executed in " + executionTime + "ms");
             return proceed;

    NB: @annotation(org.springframework.scheduling.annotation.Scheduled) is the package name.

  3. Find your long-running tasks

    Watch your log and find out those tasks took a too long time.

    • Query/Update db actions
    • IO


After investigation, I’ve known the tasks that took most of the time and how many threads I need.

1. Larger ThreadPool size

Add config/ScheduledTaskConfig.java

public class ScheduledTaskConfig {

    public ThreadPoolTaskScheduler taskScheduler (){
        ThreadPoolTaskScheduler taskScheduler = new ThreadPoolTaskScheduler();
        return taskScheduler;