A middleware that can rate limit jobs

1.2.0 2019-10-17 21:49 UTC

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This package contains a job middleware that can rate limit jobs in Laravel apps.


You can install the package via composer:

composer require spatie/laravel-rate-limited-job-middleware

This package requires Redis to be set up in your Laravel app.


By default, the middleware will only allow 5 jobs to be executed per second. Any jobs that are not allowed will be released for 5 seconds.

To apply the middleware just add the Spatie\RateLimitedMiddleware\RateLimited to the middlewares of your job.

namespace App\Jobs;

use Illuminate\Bus\Queueable;
use Illuminate\Contracts\Queue\ShouldQueue;
use Illuminate\Foundation\Bus\Dispatchable;
use Illuminate\Queue\InteractsWithQueue;
use Spatie\RateLimitedMiddleware\RateLimited;

class TestJob implements ShouldQueue
    use Dispatchable, InteractsWithQueue, Queueable;

    public function handle()
        // your job logic

    public function middleware()
        return [new RateLimited()];

Configuring attempts

When using rate limiting, the number of attempts of your job may be hard to predict. Instead of using a fixed number of attempts, it's better to use time based attempts.

You can add this to your job class:

 * Determine the time at which the job should timeout.
public function retryUntil() :  \DateTime
    return now()->addDay();

Customizing the behaviour

You can customize all the behaviour. Here's an example where the middleware allows a maximum of 30 jobs to performed in a timespan off 60 seconds. Jobs that are not allowed will be released for 90 seconds.

// in your job

public function middleware()
    $rateLimitedMiddleware = (new RateLimited())

    return [$rateLimitedMiddleware];

Customizing Redis

By default, the middleware will use the default Redis connection.

The default key that will be used in redis will be the name of the class that created the instance of the middleware. In most cases this will be name of job in which the middleware is applied. If this is not what you expect, you can use the key method to customize it.

Here's an example where a custom connection and custom key is used.

// in your job

public function middleware()
    $rateLimitedMiddleware = (new RateLimited())

    return [$rateLimitedMiddleware];

Conditionally applying the middleware

If you want to conditionally apply the middleware you can use the enabled method. If accepts a boolean that determines if the middleware should rate limit your job or not.

You can also pass a Closure to enabled. If it evaluates to a truthy value the middleware will be enable.

Here's a silly example where the rate limiting is only activated in January.

// in your job

public function middleware()
    $shouldRateLimitJobs = Carbon::now()->month === 1;

    $rateLimitedMiddleware = (new RateLimited())

    return [$rateLimitedMiddleware];

Available methods.

These methods are available to be called on the middleware. Their names should be self-explanatory.

  • allow(int $allowedNumberOfJobsInTimeSpan)
  • everySecond(int $timespanInSeconds = 1)
  • everySeconds(int $timespanInSeconds)
  • everyMinute(int $timespanInMinutes = 1)
  • everyMinutes(int $timespanInMinutes)
  • releaseAfterOneSecond()
  • releaseAfterSeconds(int $releaseInSeconds)
  • releaseAfterOneMinute()
  • releaseAfterMinutes(int $releaseInMinutes)
  • releaseAfterRandomSeconds(int $min = 1, int $max = 10)


composer test


Please see CHANGELOG for more information on what has changed recently.


Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.


If you discover any security related issues, please email instead of using the issue tracker.


You're free to use this package, but if it makes it to your production environment we highly appreciate you sending us a postcard from your hometown, mentioning which of our package(s) you are using.

Our address is: Spatie, Samberstraat 69D, 2060 Antwerp, Belgium.

We publish all received postcards on our company website.


This code is heavily based on the rate limiting example found in the Laravel docs.

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