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Distributed event processing for Python based on Redis Streams

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Distributed event processing for Python based on Redis Streams.

Runnel allows you to easily create scalable stream processors, which operate on partitions of event streams in Redis. Runnel takes care of assigning partitions to workers and acknowledging events automatically, so you can focus on your application logic.

Whereas traditional job queues do not provide ordering guarantees, Runnel is designed to process partitions of your event stream strictly in the order events are created.


pip install runnel

Basic Usage

from datetime import datetime

from runnel import App, Record

app = App(name="myapp", redis_url="redis://")

# Specify event types using the Record class.
class Order(Record):
    order_id: int
    created_at: datetime
    amount: float

orders ="orders", record=Order, partition_by="order_id")

# Every 4 seconds, send an example record to the stream.
async def sender():
    await orders.send(Order(order_id=1, created_at=datetime.utcnow(), amount=9.99))

# Iterate over a continuous stream of events in your processors.
async def printer(events):
    async for order in events.records():
        print(f"processed {order.amount}")

Meanwhile, run the worker (assuming code in and PYTHONPATH is set):

$ runnel worker example:app


Designed to support a similar paradigm to Kafka Streams, but on top of Redis.

  • At least once processing semantics
  • Automatic partitioning of events by key
  • Each partition maintains strict ordering
  • Dynamic rebalance algorithm distributes partitions among workers on-the-fly
  • Support for nested Record types with custom serialisation and compression
  • Background tasks, including timers and cron-style scheduling
  • User-defined middleware for exception handling, e.g. dead-letter-queueing
  • A builtin batching mechanism to efficiently process events in bulk
  • A runnel[fast] bundle for C or Rust extension dependencies (uvloop, xxhash, orjson, lz4)


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Local development

To run the test suite locally, clone the repo and install the optional deps (e.g. via poetry install -E fast). Make sure Redis is running on localhost at port 6379, then run pytest.

See also

For a traditional task queue that doesn't provide ordering guarantees, see our sister project Fennel.

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