A job is a Python object, representing a function that is invoked asynchronously in a worker (background) process. Any Python function can be invoked asynchronously, by simply pushing a reference to the function and its arguments onto a queue. This is called enqueueing.
To put jobs on queues, first declare a function:
import requests def count_words_at_url(url): resp = requests.get(url) return len(resp.text.split())
Noticed anything? There's nothing special about this function! Any Python function call can be put on an RQ queue.
To put this potentially expensive word count for a given URL in the background, simply do this:
from rq import Connection, Queue from redis import Redis from somewhere import count_words_at_url # Tell RQ what Redis connection to use redis_conn = Redis() q = Queue(connection=redis_conn) # no args implies the default queue # Delay calculation of the multiplication job = q.enqueue(count_words_at_url, 'http://nvie.com') print job.result # => None # Now, wait a while, until the worker is finished time.sleep(2) print job.result # => 889
If you want to put the work on a specific queue, simply specify its name:
q = Queue('low', connection=redis_conn) q.enqueue(count_words_at_url, 'http://nvie.com')
Queue('low') in the example above? You can use any queue name, so
you can quite flexibly distribute work to your own desire. A common naming
pattern is to name your queues after priorities (e.g.
For cases where you want to pass in options to
.enqueue() itself (rather than
to the job function), use
.enqueue_call(), which is the more explicit
counterpart. A typical use case for this is to pass in a
q = Queue('low', connection=redis_conn) q.enqueue_call(func=count_words_at_url, args=('http://nvie.com',), timeout=30)
For cases where the web process doesn't have access to the source code running in the worker (i.e. code base X invokes a delayed function from code base Y), you can pass the function as a string reference, too.
q = Queue('low', connection=redis_conn) q.enqueue('my_package.my_module.my_func', 3, 4)
You can also enqueue instance methods. Given a trivial class:
import requests class URLWordCounter(object): def __init__(self, url): self.url = url def count_words(self): return len(requests.get(self.url).text.split())
It's easy to put it to use with RQ:
from rq import Connection, Queue from redis import Redis from somewhere_else import URLWordCounter redis_conn = Redis() q = Queue(connection=redis_conn) wc = URLWordCounter('http://nvie.com') q.enqueue(wc.count_words)
With RQ, you don't have to set up any queues upfront, and you don't have to specify any channels, exchanges, routing rules, or whatnot. You can just put jobs onto any queue you want. As soon as you enqueue a job to a queue that does not exist yet, it is created on the fly.
RQ does not use an advanced broker to do the message routing for you. You may consider this an awesome advantage or a handicap, depending on the problem you're solving.
Lastly, it does not speak a portable protocol, since it depends on pickle to serialize the jobs, so it's a Python-only system.
When jobs get enqueued, the
queue.enqueue() method returns a
This is nothing more than a proxy object that can be used to check the outcome
of the actual job.
For this purpose, it has a convenience
result accessor property, that
None when the job is not yet finished, or a non-
None value when
the job has finished (assuming the job has a return value in the first place,
If you're familiar with Celery, you might be used to its
Starting from RQ >= 0.3, there exists a similar decorator:
from rq.decorators import job @job('low', conn=my_redis_conn, timeout=5) def add(x, y): return x + y job = add.delay(3, 4) time.sleep(1) print job.result
For testing purposes, you can enqueue jobs without delegating the actual
execution to a worker (available since version 0.3.1). To do this, pass the
async=False argument into the Queue constructor:
>>> q = Queue('low', async=False) >>> job = q.enqueue(fib, 8) >>> job.result 21
The above code runs without an active worker and executes
synchronously within the same process. You may know this behaviour from Celery
To learn about workers, see the workers documentation.
Technically, you can put any Python function call on a queue, but that does not mean it's always wise to do so. Some things to consider before putting a job on a queue:
__module__is importable by the worker. In particular, this means that you cannot enqueue functions that are declared in the
RQ workers will only run on systems that implement
fork(). Most notably,
this means it is not possible to run the workers on Windows.