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Transaction barriers for Django and Celery.

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django_transaction_barrier provides a barrier-like abstraction for transactions. A Django application developer can use a “transaction barrier” to spawn a task within a transaction and guarantee that the task blocks until it’s able to access the updates made in the transaction. django_transaction_barrier is designed with Celery in mind and provides a Celery task base class. Using the base class it’s easy to write code that atomically modifies the database and spawns a Celery task that executes after the transaction commits.


Install from source or use pip:

pip install django_transaction_barrier

and add “django_transaction_barrier” to INSTALLED_APPS in



from celery import task
from django.db import transaction
from django_transaction_barrier.celery import TransactionBarrierTask

def do_something_task(model_id):
  value = Model.objects.get(id=model_id).value

def kick_off_task(model, value):
    model.value = value


If an application spawns an asynchronous TransactionBarrierTask the task is guaranteed to execute eventually (assuming a durable task queue) after the transaction commits. If the transaction aborts, the task raises a TransactionAborted exception and does not execute. In autocommit mode (i.e., “outside of a transaction”) TransactionBarrierTasks behave like normal Celery tasks.

If an application synchrnously executes a TransactionBarrierTask (e.g., with Celery eager mode) within a transaction, the task executes immediately without waiting for the transaction to commit.


django_transaction_barrier implements transaction barriers using row insertion to signify a committed transaction and some DB-specifc logic to detect an abort.


docker build -t tests . && docker run tests


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