Create promise queues with Bluebird promises. Add concurrency and delays.
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Bluebird Queue

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Create promise queues with Bluebird promises. Add concurrency and delays.


You know the drill.

$ npm install bluebird-queue

Constructor Options


Type: Integer Default 4

The amount of promises that will be simultaneously resolved in order.


Type: Integer In milliseconds. Default 0

An optional delay to add to each promise.


Type: Integer In milliseconds. Default 0

An optional interval that queued promises will recheck the queue when it is full. The more promises you attempt to queue past concurrency, the more the interval will effect performance.


Type: Callback Optional.

Is called everytime all items in the queue are processed. The start() method also returns a promise that is resolved on completion.


Type: Callback Optional.

Is called everytime there is an error. The start() method also returns a promise that is rejected on error.


You can use the queue in two ways:

  • Manually adding items with the add() method then calling start() which returns a promise that resolves an array of the resolved queued promises. The add() method will not start resolving queued promises until start() is called.
  • Attaching a callback to onComplete and using the addNow() method which will start processing the queue right away.

Starting and using queue is simple. You can add any of the options listed above to the new BlueBirdQueue constructor which takes an object.

var BlueBirdQueue = require('bluebird-queue'),
    Promise = require('bluebird'),
    fs = Promise.promisifyAll(require('fs')),
    queue = new BlueBirdQueue({
      concurrency: 5 // optional, how many items to process at a time

var bookPromise = function(name){
  return getBookByNamePromise(name);

// only create a reference to the function, don't actually call it.
var bookPromise1 = bookPromise.bind(null, 'some book');
var bookPromise2 = bookPromise.bind(null, 'another book');

// add multiple promises or promises-making functions to the queue in one call
queue.add([bookPromise1, bookPromise2]);
// can also be called with a single function and no array



Parameters: function, promise or array of function or promise references Returns: nothing

Adds a promise reference to the queue. Does not resolve the promise until start() is called. Can be passed a single promise returning function, a promise, or an array of promises or promise returning functions.


Parameters: function, array of arguments Returns: nothing

Utility method. Same as the add() method, but adds the item and starts processing without the need to call start.


Parameters: none Returns: promise

Starts processing the queued items and returns a promise that that resolves the results from all their resolved values.


Parameters: none Returns: nothing

Immediately resolves all queued promises at once, ignoring concurrency, and frees any resources that were used. Will call the onComplete callback when it's finished.