RQ Retry and Scheduler

pip install rq-retry-scheduler==0.2.1


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RQ Retry Scheduler

RQ Retry Scheduler extends the RQ worker class to provide functionality to enqueue jobs based on time.

Additionally, it provides a worker that will automatically retry failed jobs using a backoff scheme.



The rq_retry_scheduler.Queue class can be used as a drop in replacement for rq.Queue. It provides two additional enqueuing methods:

  • enqueue_at - Enqueue the job at the specified time. The time should be a datetime.datetime object with the UTC timezone.
  • enqueue_in - Enqueue the job after the specified amount of time. The time should be a datetime.timedelta object.

Additionally, two other methods are available enqueue_job_at and enqueue_job_in which work like the above methods but take a rq.Job object as the paramter.

Getting list of jobs

Queue.scheduled_jobs is a generator that produces the jobs that are currently scheduled for a particular queue.
Scheduler.schedule returns a list of job ids and scheduled time.

Checking if a job is scheduled

You can check if a job or job id is currently scheduled. Example: job in queue

Unscheduling jobs

You can unschedule jobs with Queue.remove_job. This removes the job from the scheduler queue but does not remove it from RQ.

Repeating jobs

Once a job has been enqueued you can set it to repeat with Queue.repeat which takes the job and a datetime.timedelta object. Additionally you can pass a max_runs value to limit the number of times it will repeat.

If the job is not already in the queue it will be enqueued at the given interval.

In order to ensure that job results cleanup doesn't remove the job (thus breaking the repetition) the job is copied into a new job. The parent job can be accessed via Job.parent for the repeated jobs.

Due to how the jobs are put into the work queues the maximum frequency is controlled by the scheduler's interval.


In order to move jobs from the schedule queue into the proper RQ queue a scheduler needs to be ran. This can be accomplished via the rqscheduler script. Additionally, you can extend from rq_retry_scheduler.Scheduler to customize the functonality.


A worker is provided that will requeue jobs that fail using a defiend backoff strategy. The worker is designed to use the functionality from the Queue class to control the backoff.

The worker can be used by using the -w option to rq worker: rq worker -w 'rq_rety_scheduler.Worker.

The backoff times and total attempts is controlled by Worker.retry_delays.


Install via pip

pip install rq-retry-scheduler


This package was based heavily on the work of RQ Scheduler.