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Simple job queues for Python

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RQ (Redis Queue) is a simple Python library for queueing jobs and processing them in the background with workers. It is backed by Redis and it is designed to have a low barrier to entry. It should be integrated in your web stack easily.

Getting started

First, run a Redis server, of course:

$ redis-server

To put jobs on queues, you don't have to do anything special, just define your typically lengthy or blocking function:

import requests

def count_words_at_url(url):
    resp = requests.get(url)
    return len(resp.text.split())

Then, create a RQ queue:

import rq import *
q = Queue()

And enqueue the function call:

from my_module import count_words_at_url
result = q.enqueue(count_words_at_url, '')

For a more complete example, refer to the docs. But this is the essence.

The worker

To start executing enqueued function calls in the background, start a worker from your project's directory:

$ rqworker
*** Listening for work on default
Got count_words_at_url('') from default
Job result = 818
*** Listening for work on default

That's about it.


Simply use the following command to install the latest released version:

pip install rq

If you want the cutting edge version (that may well be broken), use this:

pip install -e

Project history

This project has been inspired by the good parts of Celery, Resque and this snippet, and has been created as a lightweight alternative to the heaviness of Celery or other AMQP-based queueing implementations.

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