Redis backed library for creating background jobs and processing them later. Based on Ruby resque.

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PHP Resque is a Redis-backed library for creating background jobs, placing those jobs in queues, and processing them some time in the future.

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Resque was pioneered and is developed by the fine folks at GitHub, and written in Ruby. What you're seeing here is a port of the Resque worker and enqueue system to PHP.

For more information on Resque, visit the official GitHub project: https://github.com/resque/resque

This PHP port provides much the same features as the Ruby version:

  • Workers can be distributed between multiple machines
  • Includes support for priorities (queues)
  • Resilient to memory leaks (forking)
  • Expects failures
  • Custom failure back ends
  • Ability to dequeue jobs
  • Lifecycle events

It also supports the following additional features:

  • Will mark a job as failed when a forked child running a job does not exit cleanly
  • Uses Redis transactions when appropriate
  • Avoids singletons


  • PHP 5.4+
  • Redis 2.2+
  • Composer

Getting Started

The easiest way to work with php-resque is when it's installed as a Composer package inside your project.

If you're not familiar with Composer, please see http://getcomposer.org/.

Add php-resque to your application's composer.json.

composer require php-resque/resque:dev-master


Queueing Jobs

Jobs are queued as follows:

$resque = new Resque\Component\Core\Resque(/* predis connection */);
$resque->enqueue('default', 'Acme\My\Job', array('name' => 'Chris'));

This is assuming you're happy with the default internals.

Defining Jobs

Each job should be in its own class, and implement the Resque\Component\Job\PerformantJobInterface interface.

namespace Acme\My;

use Resque\Component\Job\PerformantJobInterface;

class Job implements PerformantJobInterface
    public function perform($args)
        // Work work work
        echo $args['name'];

Any exception thrown by a job will result in the job failing - be careful here and make sure you handle the exceptions that shouldn't result in a job failing.

Dequeueing/Removing Jobs

A queue allows you to remove jobs from it in the following ways

// Simply remove it by a job id
$queue->remove(array('id' => $job->getId()));
// remove jobs by matching the class
$queue->remove(array('class' => 'Acme/Job'));

If no removal filters are given, no jobs are removed. However you may remove all the jobs in a queue, and the queue itself with the following


Both remove and deregister return the number of deleted jobs.

Tracking Job Statuses

php-resque has the ability to perform basic status tracking of a queued job. The status information will allow you to check if a job is in the queue, is currently being run, has finished, or has failed.

To track the status of a job, pass true as the fourth argument to Resque::enqueue. A token used for tracking the job status will be returned:

$token = Resque::enqueue('default', 'My_Job', $args, true);
echo $token;

To fetch the status of a job:

$status = new Resque_Job_Status($token);
echo $status->get(); // Outputs the status

Job statuses are defined as constants in the Resque_Job_Status class. Valid statuses include:

  • Resque_Job_Status::STATUS_WAITING - Job is still queued
  • Resque_Job_Status::STATUS_RUNNING - Job is currently running
  • Resque_Job_Status::STATUS_FAILED - Job has failed
  • Resque_Job_Status::STATUS_COMPLETE - Job is complete
  • false - Failed to fetch the status - is the token valid?

Statuses are available for up to 24 hours after a job has completed or failed, and are then automatically expired. A status can also forcefully be expired by calling the stop() method on a status class.


Workers work in much the exact same way as the Ruby workers. For complete documentation on workers, see the original documentation.

A basic "up-and-running" bin/resque file is included that sets up a running worker environment. (vendor/bin/resque when installed via Composer)

The exception to the similarities with the Ruby version of resque is how a worker is initially setup. To work under all environments, not having a single environment such as with Ruby, the PHP port makes no assumptions about your setup, outside of depending on composer.

To start a worker, it's very similar to the Ruby version:

$ QUEUE=file_serve bin/resque

It's your responsibility to tell the worker which file to include to get your application underway. You do so by setting the APP_INCLUDE environment variable:

$ QUEUE=file_serve APP_INCLUDE=../application/init.php bin/resque

Getting your application underway also includes telling the worker your job classes, by means of either an autoloader or including them.

Alternately, you can always include('bin/resque') from your application and skip setting APP_INCLUDE altogether. Just be sure the various environment variables are set (setenv) before you do.


The port supports the same environment variables for logging to STDOUT. Setting VERBOSE will print basic debugging information and VVERBOSE will print detailed information.

$ VERBOSE=1 QUEUE=file_serve bin/resque
$ VVERBOSE=1 QUEUE=file_serve bin/resque

Priorities and RedisQueue Lists

Similarly, priority and queue list functionality works exactly the same as the Ruby workers. Multiple queues should be separated with a comma, and the order that they're supplied in is the order that they're checked in.

As per the original example:

$ QUEUE=file_serve,warm_cache bin/resque

The file_serve queue will always be checked for new jobs on each iteration before the warm_cache queue is checked.

Running All Queues

All queues are supported in the same manner and processed in alphabetical order:

$ QUEUE='*' bin/resque

Running Multiple Workers

Multiple workers can be launched simultaneously by supplying the COUNT environment variable:

$ QUEUES=emails COUNT=5 bin/resque

Be aware, however, that each worker is its own fork, and the original process will shut down as soon as it has spawned COUNT forks. If you need to keep track of your workers using an external application such as monit, you'll need to work around this limitation.

Custom prefix

When you have multiple apps using the same Redis database it is better to use a custom prefix to separate the Resque data:

$ PREFIX=my-app-name bin/resque


Similarly to the Ruby versions, supported platforms will immediately fork after picking up a job. The forked child will exit as soon as the job finishes.

The difference with php-resque is that if a forked child does not exit cleanly (PHP error etc), php-resque will automatically fail the job.


Signals also work on supported platforms exactly as in the Ruby version of Resque:

  • QUIT - Wait for job to finish processing then exit
  • TERM / INT - Immediately kill job then exit
  • USR1 - Immediately kill job but don't exit
  • USR2 - Pause worker, no new jobs will be processed
  • CONT - Resume worker.

Process Titles/Statuses

The Ruby version of Resque has a nifty feature whereby the process title of the worker is updated to indicate what the worker is doing, and any forked children also set their process title with the job being run. This helps identify running processes on the server and their resque status.

PHP does not have this functionality by default until 5.5.

A PECL module (http://pecl.php.net/package/proctitle) exists that adds this functionality to PHP before 5.5, so if you'd like process titles updated, install the PECL module as well. php-resque will automatically detect and use it.

Event System

php-resque comes with a basic event system that can be used by your application. However it's recommended that you plug in a bridge to your applications event system.

In the supplied dispatcher you can listen in on events (as listed below by registering callables against them, that will be triggered when an event is raised:

// @see Resque\Component\Core\Event\EventDispatcher
$dispatcher->addListener('eventName', [callback]);

[callback] may be anything in PHP that is callable:

Event objects are passed through as a singular argument, (documented below).

You can stop listening to an event by calling EventDispatcher->removeListener with the same arguments supplied to EventDispatcher->addListener.


In php-resque each event is an object with a name, and optionally other properties depending on the situation. The following list shows each of the event names and corresponding objects that come with them. At a minimum all event objects will implement the Resque\Event\EventInterface interface.


@see Resque\Component\Worker\Event\WorkerEvent

Dispatched once, as a worker initializes. Argument passed is the instance of the Worker that was just initialized.


@see Resque\Event\WorkerBeforeForkEvent

Dispatched before Resque\Component\Worker\Worker forks to run a job. The event contains the Worker and the Resque\Component\Job\Model\Job that is about to perform.

resque.job.before_fork is triggered in the parent process. Any changes made will be permanent for as long as the worker lives.


@see Resque\Event\WorkerAfterForkEvent

Dispatched from the child, after Resque\Component\Worker\Worker has forked to run a job (but before the job is run). The event contains the the Worker and the Resque\Component\Job\Model\Job that is about to perform.

Note: resque.job.before_fork is triggered in the child process after forking out to complete a job. Any changes made will only live as long as the job is being processed.


@see Resque\Event\JobBeforePerformEvent

Dispatched just before the perform method on a job is called. The event contains the instance of Resque\Component\Job\Model\Job that is about to perform, and the instance of the target class on whom the perform method will be called.

Any exceptions thrown will be treated as if they were thrown in a job, causing the job to be marked as failed.


@see Resque\Event\WorkerAfterForkEvent

Dispatched immediately after a job has successfully performed. The event contains the instance of Resque\Component\Job\Model\Job and the instance of the target class that just performed.

Any exceptions thrown will be treated as if they were thrown in a job, causing the job to be marked as failed.


@see Resque\Component\Job\Event\JobFailedEvent

Dispatched whenever a job fails to perform. That is when a job throws an Exception, or when a Worker's child fails to exit cleanly.

The event contains the following:

  • Resque\Component\Job\Model\Job The job that just failed.
  • Resque\Component\Worker\Worker The worker that the job just failed in.
  • \Exception The exception that was thrown when the job failed, if one was thrown to cause it to fail.


Called after a job has been queued using the Resque::enqueue method. Arguments passed (in this order) include:

  • Class - string containing the name of scheduled job
  • Arguments - array of arguments supplied to the job
  • RedisQueue - string containing the name of the queue the job was added to
  • ID - string containing the new token of the enqueued job

Dispatcher Replacement

// @todo document usage