a simple resque-like worker queue based on couchdb

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A simple worker queue based on couchdb

How It Works

Queshot is roughly based on the ideas behind resque or even kue except that instead of being backed by Redis, it relies on the CouchDB.

This gives it that advantage that no additional administration-interface is needed, because nearly everything can be done via the futon interface:

  • Editing jobs
  • Viewing the current state of a job
  • Viewing logs of a job
  • Running statistics about the state of jobs
  • etc.

To guarantee that each job is only assigned once, resque and kue use atomic instructions built into Redis. You don't have that in CouchDB.

Instead, Queshot relies on the versioning and update collision feature of CouchDB. Only the worker who doesn't produce a collision upon inserting it's ID into a job document may process the job.


Install via npm install queshot

CouchDB View Setup

You need to create a view which a queue will use to poll for inactive jobs. This view should emit the document as value and an array [queue_name, created_at] as key. Canonically:

function (doc) {
  if (doc.state === 'inactive') {
     emit([doc.queues, doc.created_at], doc);

Example Usage

var Q = require('queshot'),
    C = require('cradle');

var q = Q.createQueue('my queue', new C.Connection());

q.createWorker('my worker', 2, function (job, done) {
    console.log('working on ' + job);

setInterval(function () {

    q.createJob({custom: 'data', like: 'that'}, function (err, job) {
        if (err) return console.log(err);
        console.log('created ' + job);

}, 1000);

Queue Reference


Create a queue via queshot.createQueue(name, couch[, config]) with a name and a valid Cradle connection.

Possible config options:

  • limit: How many jobs to poll at once. If high, will increase poll roundtrip time, if low, will increase number of conflicts.
  • view: Name of the couchdb view to use.
  • autoremove: Automatically remove jobs after a worker finished them successfully (failed jobs persist).
  • writeonly: Use this queue just to create jobs, not to create workers (will prevent the queue from subscribing to the changes stream)

Creating Jobs

Create a new job via queue.createJob(data, cb). data can be any custom data you want to attach to the job. cb is a callback that will be called like cb(error, jobid).

Querying Jobs

  • queue.jobExists(jobid): returns true if a job exists in the local working stage of the queue, false otherwise.
  • queue.getJobData(jobid, data, cb): gets the custom job data. callback is called like cb(err).

Updating Jobs

  • queue.setJobState(jobid, state, cb): set the job state.
  • queue.logJob(jobid, logline, cb): appends logline to the job log.
  • queue.progressJob(jobid, progress, cb): sets the jobs progress.
  • queue.setJobData(jobid, data, cb): sets the custom job data.

Worker Reference


To create a worker, you need a Queue object set up. Then, initialize a worker via worker = queue.createWorker(name, limit, fn). name is a name you give the worker to uniquely identify it in logs and job fetching operations. limit specifies the number of concurrent worker threads that are allowed to run at one time. fn is your worker function that accepts two parameters, the jobid and a callback function.

Managing Runtime

  • worker.wakeUp() wakes up the worker and it starts to poll for jobs if not paused. This method returns this to enable chaining.
  • worker.goToSleep() stops the polling for jobs. This doesn't pause the worker, it just stops to actively query for jobs. Jobs coming in via the changes stream will still be accepted.
  • worker.pause() pauses the worker. This stops the worker from accepting new jobs.
  • worker.resume() revokes the pause of the worker.
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