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Jesque is an implementation of Resque in Java. It is fully-interoperable with the Ruby and Node.js (Coffee-Resque) implementations.

Jesque is a Maven project and depends on Jedis to connect to Redis, Jackson to map to/from JSON and SLF4J for logging.

The project contains a client implementation as well as a worker implementation that supports listeners.

How do I use it?

Download the latest source at:

Or, to use it in your Maven project, add it as a dependency:


Example usage (from IntegrationTest):

// Configuration
final Config config = new ConfigBuilder().build();

// Add a job to the queue
final Job job = new Job("TestAction", 
	new Object[]{ 1, 2.3, true, "test", Arrays.asList("inner", 4.5)});
final Client client = new ClientImpl(config);
client.enqueue("foo", job);

// Add a job to the delayed queue
final Job job = new Job("TestAction", 
	new Object[]{ 1, 2.3, true, "test", Arrays.asList("inner", 4.5)});

final long delay = 10; // in seconds
final long future = System.currentTimeMillis() + (delay * 1000); // timestamp

final Client client = new ClientImpl(config);
client.delayedEnqueue("fooDelay", job, future);

// Start a worker to run jobs from the queue
final Worker worker = new WorkerImpl(config, 
	Arrays.asList("foo"), map(entry("TestAction", TestAction.class)));
final Thread workerThread = new Thread(worker);

// Wait a few secs then shutdown
try { Thread.sleep(5000); } catch (Exception e){} // Give ourselves time to process
try { workerThread.join(); } catch (Exception e){ e.printStackTrace(); }

For more usage examples check the tests. The tests require that Redis is running on localhost:6379.

Use the resque-web application to see the status of your jobs and workers or, if you prefer Java, try Jesque-Web.

Design Decisions

  • I chose to implement the jobs as classes that implement java.lang.Runnable or java.util.concurrent.Callable. If the job requires arguments (most do), there must be a constructor that matches the supplied arguments. I felt this was the most flexible option and didn't require the jobs to inherit or implement a special Jesque class. Because of this, the jobs don't even need to know about Jesque at all. Furthermore, the client need not have the job's Class in it's VM, it only needs to know the classname and all the parameters' Classes on it's classpath. Only the workers realize the job and then run them.
  • I chose to use Jedis because:
    1. It is simple to use
    2. Fully supports Redis 2.0 and uses the new unified protocol
    3. No dependencies
  • I chose to use Jackson because:
    1. I was already familiar with it
    2. It performs great and does what it says on the tin
    3. No dependencies
  • I chose to use SLF4J because:
    1. It lets the application choose how to log
    2. No dependencies


If you are on Mac OS X, I highly recommend using the fantasic Homebrew package manager. It makes installing and maintaining libraries, tools and applications a cinch. E.g.:

brew install redis
brew install git
brew install maven
gem install resque

Boom! Ready to go!


Copyright 2013 Greg Haines

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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