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Requires Node >= 4, or Babel. (Note that Node 0.12's end of life is December 2016.)

Note: While this is not a complete port, it supports the most important functionality. See To-dos below.

Qless Features

For a more complete discussion of the features, consult the documentation of the Python bindings. The short list:

  • Recurring jobs
  • Job heartbeating / exclusive locks
  • Retries for dropped jobs
  • Job dependencies (useful for creating chains of jobs)
  • Scheduled jobs
  • TODO: Job sandboxes


Available on npm:

npm install qless-js

Business Time

All asychronous parts of the API (which is most of it), return promises.

This example puts a job of class mymodule.MyClass in a queue myQueue in a local redis instance:

// myproject/enqueue.js
'use strict';

// Create our client
const qless = require('qless');
const client = new qless.Client('redis://localhost:6379')

// Pick a queue
const queue = client.queue('myQueue');

// Put a job in that queue
const jobConfig = {
  klass: 'mymodule.MyClass',
  data: {
    foo: 'bar',
queue.put(jobConfig).then((jid) => {
  console.log('Put jid', jid);
}).catch((err) => {
  console.log('Exception', err);

But when this job is run, what will it do? To this end, let's define our class. There are more ways than this to define our jobs, but more on that in the Job Class Importing section below.

The function that gets run is <job class>.<queue name>. So our example will run a MyClass.myQueue function, passing the popped job. This function:

  • must return a promise
  • should ultimately return the job.complete() promise if successful

When processing the job, any exceptions propagated out will result in the job being marked as failed.

// mymodule
class MyClass {

  // This method has two requirements:

  static myQueue(job) {
    return someAsynchronousWork()
      .then(() => {
        return someMoreAsynchronousWork();
      .then(() => {
        return job.complete();

As for running these jobs, qless-js comes with an executable that will continuously pop and run jobs:

qless-js-worker \
  --redis='redis://my-redis-host:6379/' \

Job Class Importing

The importing logic tries to require the klass string provided the job config. Failing that, it will strip off the last path segment (/-separated), and try importing that, treating the last segment as a property name of the imported entity. This continues until there's a successful require or until there is nothing that can be imported, in which case an exception is raised.

Put another way, Split the provided name by /, and import the longest working prefix. The remaining components will be treated as attributes off of the import.

For example, consider 'some/package/file.js/property/class'. We would traverse this as:

  • import 'some/package/file.js/property/class' (failed)
  • import 'some/package/file.js/property', get 'class' attribute (failed)
  • import 'some/package/file.js', get 'property.class' attribute (success)

Technically, the targeted entity doesn't have to be a class. That's merely a convention inherited from other bindings. It must merely be an object with a property <queue name> which is a function that takes a job argument an returns a promise. For example, this would be a completely valid structure:

module.exports = {
  queueOne: (job) => { ... },
  queueTwo: (job) => { ... },

Note: A job class cannot be a path, by default. There is a to-do about a way to optionally enable this for development. The reasoning is that it may be a security risk to enable the import of arbitrary modules when a job is enqueued. It's much better to require the module to have been installed (rather than just an arbitrary file on a worker's filesystem) in the environment of the worker.

Running Jobs

There are number of additional bells and whistles when running jobs with qless-js-worker.

Worker name (--name)

The worker name uniquely identifies the processing entity (the worker). However, different deployments may require the use of a workername other than just the hostname.

Concurrency (--concurrency)

When running heavily asynchronous workloads, parallelization is possible with the --concurrency option. It specifies the number of concurrent jobs that can be run on a single core.

Interval (--interval)

This configures the polling interval for looking for new jobs. The worker will try to pop jobs from the queues it's configured to work from (in round-robin order). Only when there are no jobs available does the worker sleep for the provided interval before checking again. Otherwise, immediately after completing a job, it checks for another.

Multiple queues (--queue)

A worker can grab jobs from multiple queues, as they're available. They're popped from the configured queues in round-robin order. To add multiple queues, just provide the --queue option multiple times:

qless-js-worker \
  --redis='redis://my-redis-host:6379' \
  --queue=queueOne \
  --queue=queueTwo \

Verbose logging

Use -v to enable verbose logging, including information log messages. Use -vv to enable debugging output as well.

Allow Paths as Job Klasses (--allow-paths)

This option allows the running of Jobs with a path as a klass, like /some/absolute/path/for/my/job.js. This is useful for development.

Updating Qless Lua Scripts

This repo contains a submodule to the core qless scripts, which can be updated with the build command:

npm run build


In no particular order of complexity or importance:

  • Sandbox work directory
  • Have an exception hierarchy (Qless exceptions on down)
  • Workers don't fail job on lost lock exception
  • Use multiple cores (until then, it's recommended to use parameterized upstart)
  • Support the --resume option
  • Recurring job objects (there's no RecurringJob class yet)
  • Job events



Using yarn, and assuming you have a locally-running redis:

yarn build
yarn install

Running Tests

Tests are again run with yarn, as is linting:

yarn run test
yarn run lint


These are not all hard-and-fast rules, but in general PRs have the following expectations:

  • pass Travis -- or more generally, whatever CI is used for the particular project
  • be a complete unit -- whether a bug fix or feature, it should appear as a complete unit before consideration.
  • maintain code coverage -- some projects may include code coverage requirements as part of the build as well
  • maintain the established style -- this means the existing style of established projects, the established conventions of the team for a given language on new projects, and the guidelines of the community of the relevant languages and frameworks.
  • include failing tests -- in the case of bugs, failing tests demonstrating the bug should be included as one commit, followed by a commit making the test succeed. This allows us to jump to a world with a bug included, and prove that our test in fact exercises the bug.
  • be reviewed by one or more developers -- not all feedback has to be accepted, but it should all be considered.
  • avoid 'addressed PR feedback' commits -- in general, PR feedback should be rebased back into the appropriate commits that introduced the change. In cases, where this is burdensome, PR feedback commits may be used but should still describe the changed contained therein.

PR reviews consider the design, organization, and functionality of the submitted code.


Certain types of changes should be made in their own commits to improve readability. When too many different types of changes happen simultaneous to a single commit, the purpose of each change is muddled. By giving each commit a single logical purpose, it is implicitly clear why changes in that commit took place.

  • updating / upgrading dependencies -- this is especially true for invocations like yarn update.
  • introducing a new dependency -- often preceeded by a commit updating existing dependencies, this should only include the changes for the new dependency.
  • refactoring -- these commits should preserve all the existing functionality and merely update how it's done.
  • utility components to be used by a new feature -- if introducing an auxiliary class in support of a subsequent commit, add this new class (and its tests) in its own commit.
  • config changes -- when adjusting configuration in isolation
  • formatting / whitespace commits -- when adjusting code only for stylistic purposes.

New Features

Small new features (where small refers to the size and complexity of the change, not the impact) are often introduced in a single commit. Larger features or components might be built up piecewise, with each commit containing a single part of it (and its corresponding tests).

Bug Fixes

In general, bug fixes should come in two-commit pairs: a commit adding a failing test demonstrating the bug, and a commit making that failing test pass.

Tagging and Versioning

Whenever the version included in package.json is changed (and it should be changed when appropriate using, a corresponding tag should be created with the same version number (formatted v<version>).

git tag -a v0.1.0 -m 'Version 0.1.0

This release contains an initial working version of the `crawl` and `parse`

git push origin