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Background jobs functionality for CKAN 2.6 and earlier

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Background jobs functionality for CKAN 2.6 and earlier.

This is a backport of the background jobs functionality (based on RQ) that was introduced in CKAN 2.7. With this extension, you can make use of RQ based background tasks, on earlier versions of CKAN.

It is based on the code by @torfsen, mainly here:


* check Redis is available on startup
* setting ckan.redis.url from environment variable CKAN_REDIS_URL


You won't be able to use the normal plugin.toolkit.enqueue_job function. Use
this import which contains a fallback::

enqueue_job = p.toolkit.enqueue_job
except AttributeError:
from import enqueue as enqueue_job


For CKAN versions 2.3 to 2.6.x. (Must not be used with CKAN 2.7.0 or later)


You need Redis installed::

sudo apt-get install redis-server

To install ckanext-rq:

1. Activate your CKAN virtual environment, for example::

. /usr/lib/ckan/default/bin/activate

2. Install the ckanext-rq Python package into your virtual environment::

.. pip install ckanext-rq
pip install git+

.. 3. Add ``rq`` to the ``ckan.plugins`` setting in your CKAN
.. config file (by default the config file is located at
.. ``/etc/ckan/default/production.ini``).

3. Restart CKAN. For example if you've deployed CKAN with Apache on Ubuntu::

sudo service apache2 reload

4. Start the worker::

paster --plugin=ckanext-rq jobs worker --config=/etc/ckan/default/development.ini

5. To run the worker in a robust way, install and configure Supervisor:

Config Settings


# URL to your Redis instance, including the database to be used.
ckan.redis.url = redis://localhost:6379/0

Development Installation

To install ckanext-rq for development, activate your CKAN virtualenv and

git clone
cd ckanext-rq
python develop
pip install -r requirements.txt
pip install -r dev-requirements.txt

Running the Tests

To run the tests, do::

nosetests --nologcapture --with-pylons=test.ini

To run the tests and produce a coverage report, first make sure you have
coverage installed in your virtualenv (``pip install coverage``) then run::

nosetests --nologcapture --with-pylons=test.ini --with-coverage --cover-package=ckanext.rq --cover-inclusive --cover-erase --cover-tests

Releasing a New Version of ckanext-rq

ckanext-rq is availabe on PyPI as
To publish a new version to PyPI follow these steps:

1. Update the version number in the ```` file.
See `PEP 440 <>`_
for how to choose version numbers.

2. Create a source distribution of the new version::

python sdist

3. Upload the source distribution to PyPI::

python sdist upload

4. Tag the new release of the project on GitHub with the version number from
the ```` file. For example if the version number in ```` is
0.0.2 then do::

git tag 0.0.2
git push --tags

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