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Contributing to Resque

First of all: thank you! We appreciate any help you can give Resque.

The main way to contribute to Resque is to write some code! Here's how:

  1. Fork Resque
  2. Create a topic branch - git checkout -b my_branch
  3. Push to your branch - git push origin my_branch
  4. Create a Pull Request from your branch
  5. That's it!

If you're not doing some sort of refactoring, a CHANGELOG entry is appropriate. Please include them in pull requests adding features or fixing bugs.

Oh, and 80 character columns, please!

For more information, see Steve Klabnik's post here about the direction and current state of Resque: Rescuing Resque...again


We use minitest for testing. If you're working against master, you'll find a bunch of tests in test/legacy. These are the older Resque tests. Don't look at them unless your code breaks them. Consider these black-box acceptance tests. We don't like them, but we want to make sure we're not breaking anything.

A simple bundle exec rake will run all the tests. Make sure they pass when you submit a pull request.

Please include tests with your pull request.


Writing docs is really important. We use yard to generate our documentation. Please include docs in your pull requests.

Bugs & Feature Requests

You can file bugs on the issues tracker, and tag them with 'bug'.

When filing a bug, please follow these tips to help us help you:

Good report structure

Please include the following four things in your report:

  1. What you did.
  2. What you expected to happen.
  3. What happened instead.
  4. What version of Resque you're using. You can find this with $ gem list resque.

The more information the better.


If possible, please provide some sort of executable reproduction of the issue. Your application has a lot of things in it, and it might be a complex interaction between components that causes the issue.

To reproduce the issue, please make a simple Job that demonstrates the essence of the issue. If the basic job doesn't demonstrate the issue, try adding the other gems that your application uses to the Gemfile, even if they don't seem directly relevant.

Version information

If you can't provide a reproduction, a copy of your Gemfile.lock would be helpful.


If you have a question or want to discuss something, the Resque mailng list might just be the place. is the address you want, send an email there and it'll take care of you.