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clojalk Build Status

A distributed task queue written pure in clojure. A Beanstalkd clone.



Clojalk is still in development so we don't have a packaged release. To use clojalk, you should checkout the code base and build it by yourself. This is not difficult task but be sure you have leiningen installed.

git clone
cd clojalk
lein uberjar clojalk.jar

To start a clojalk server:

java -jar clojalk.jar []

Clojalk will load a property file "" from current working directory if you don't specify a custom file path from command line.

Also you can start clojalk from code base with lein. This is only for test purpose:

lein run

Try out your installation:

telnet 12026

You should be familiar with beanstalkd's memcached-styled protocol.


Clojalk is almost fully compatible with Beanstalkd's protocol. So you can refer to the protocol document of Beanstalkd which also works with clojalk.

Commands supported by clojalk are listed here.

Tube operations:

  • watch
  • use
  • ignore
  • pause-tube

Job life-cycle operations:

  • put
  • reserve
  • reserve-with-timeout
  • delete
  • release
  • bury
  • kick
  • touch

Monitoring commands:

  • stats
  • stats-job
  • stats-tube
  • list-tubes-watched
  • list-tube-used
  • list-tubes
  • peek
  • peek-ready
  • peek-delayed
  • peek-buried


The clojure client beanstalk is forked and maintained by me, which works with clojalk and beanstalkd.

More clients to be tested against clojalk.


I should thanks Keith Rarick who designed beanstalkd and its protocol.

And also I received great help from Zach Tellman on implementing the protocol with gloss.



Copyright (C) 2011 Sun Ning

Distributed under the Eclipse Public License, the same as Clojure uses.