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Yii Queue Extension

An extension for running tasks asynchronously via queues.

Documentation is at docs/guide/README.md.

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The preferred way to install this extension is through composer.

Either run

composer require yiisoft/yii-queue

or add

"yiisoft/yii-queue": "~3.0"

to the require section of your composer.json file.

Ready for yiisoft/config

If you are using yiisoft/config, you'll find out this package has some defaults in the common and params configurations saving your time. Things you should change to start working with the queue:

  • Optionally: define default \Yiisoft\Yii\Queue\Adapter\AdapterInterface implementation.
  • And/or define channel-specific AdapterInterface implementations in the channel-definitions params key to be used with the queue factory.
  • Define message handlers in the handlers params key to be used with the QueueWorker.
  • Resolve other \Yiisoft\Yii\Queue\Queue dependencies (psr-compliant event dispatcher).

Differences to yii2-queue

If you have experience with yiisoft/yii2-queue, you will find out that this package is similar. Though, there are some key differences which are described in the "migrating from yii2-queue" article.

Basic Usage

Each queue task consists of two parts:

  1. A message is a class implementing MessageInterface. For simple cases you can use the default implementation, Yiisoft\Yii\Queue\Message\Message. For more complex cases you should implement the interface by your own.
  2. A message handler is a callable called by a Yiisoft\Yii\Queue\Worker\Worker. The handler handles each queue message.

For example, if you need to download and save a file, your message may look like the following:

$data = [
    'url' => $url,
    'destinationFile' => $filename,
$message = new \Yiisoft\Yii\Queue\Message\Message('file-download', $data);

Then you should push it to the queue:


Its handler may look like the following:

class FileDownloader
    private string $absolutePath;

    public function __construct(string $absolutePath) 
        $this->absolutePath = $absolutePath;

    public function handle(\Yiisoft\Yii\Queue\Message\MessageInterface $downloadMessage): void
        $fileName = $downloadMessage->getData()['destinationFile'];
        $path = "$this->absolutePath/$fileName"; 
        file_put_contents($path, file_get_contents($downloadMessage->getData()['url']));

The last thing we should do is to create a configuration for the Yiisoft\Yii\Queue\Worker\Worker:

$handlers = ['file-download' => [new FileDownloader('/path/to/save/files'), 'handle']];
$worker = new \Yiisoft\Yii\Queue\Worker\Worker(
    $handlers, // Here it is

There is the way to run all the messages that are already in the queue, and then exit:

$queue->run(); // this will execute all the existing messages
$queue->run(10); // while this will execute only 10 messages as a maximum before exit

If you don't want your script to exit immediately, you can use the listen method:


You can also check the status of a pushed message (the queue adapter you are using must support this feature):

$id = $message->getId();

// Get status of the job
$status = $queue->status($id);

// Check whether the job is waiting for execution.

// Check whether a worker got the job from the queue and executes it.

// Check whether a worker has executed the job.

Different queue channels

Often we need to push to different queue channels with an only application. There is the QueueFactory class to make different Queue objects creation for different channels. With this factory channel-specific Queue creation is as simple as

$queue = $factory->get('channel-name');

The main usage strategy is with explicit definition of channel-specific adapters. Definitions are passed in the $definitions constructor parameter of the factory, where keys are channel names and values are definitions for the Yiisoft\Factory\Factory. Below are some examples:

use Yiisoft\Yii\Queue\Adapter\SynchronousAdapter;

    'channel1' => new SynchronousAdapter(),
    'channel2' => static fn(SynchronousAdapter $adapter) => $adapter->withChannel('channel2'),
    'channel3' => [
        'class' => SynchronousAdapter::class,
        '__constructor' => ['channel' => 'channel3'],

For more information about a definition formats available see the factory documentation.

Another queue factory usage strategy is implicit adapter creation via withChannel() method call. To use this approach you should pass some specific constructor parameters:

  • true to the $enableRuntimeChannelDefinition
  • a default AdapterInterface implementation to the $defaultAdapter.

In this case $factory->get('channel-name') call will be converted to $this->queue->withAdapter($this->defaultAdapter->withChannel($channel)), when there is no explicit adapter definition in the $definitions.

Warning: This strategy is not recommended as it does not give you any protection against typos and mistakes in channel names.

Console execution

The exact way of task execution depends on the adapter used. Most adapters can be run using console commands, which the component automatically registers in your application.

The following command obtains and executes tasks in a loop until the queue is empty:

yii queue:run

The following command launches a daemon which infinitely queries the queue:

yii queue:listen

See the documentation for more details about adapter specific console commands and their options.

The component also has the ability to track the status of a job which was pushed into queue.

For more details see the guide.

Middleware pipelines

Any message pushed to a queue or consumed from it passes through two different middleware pipelines: one pipeline on message push and another - on message consume. The process is the same as for the HTTP request, but it is executed twice for a queue message. That means you can add extra functionality on message pushing and consuming with configuration of the two classes: PushMiddlewareDispatcher and ConsumeMiddlewareDispatcher respectively.

You can use any of these formats to define a middleware:

  • A ready-to-use middleware object: new FooMiddleware(). It must implement MiddlewarePushInterface, MiddlewareConsumeInterface or MiddlewareFailureInterface depending on the place you use it.
  • An array in the format of yiisoft/definitions. Only if you use yiisoft/definitions and yiisoft/di.
  • A callable: fn() => // do stuff, $object->foo(...), etc. It will be executed through the yiisoft/injector, so all the dependencies of your callable will be resolved.
  • A string for your DI container to resolve the middleware, e.g. FooMiddleware::class

Middleware will be executed forwards in the same order they are defined. If you define it like the following: [$middleware1, $midleware2], the execution will look like this:

graph LR
    StartPush((Start)) --> PushMiddleware1[$middleware1] --> PushMiddleware2[$middleware2] --> Push(Push to a queue)
    -.-> PushMiddleware2[$middleware2] -.-> PushMiddleware1[$middleware1]
    PushMiddleware1[$middleware1] -.-> EndPush((End))

    StartConsume((Start)) --> ConsumeMiddleware1[$middleware1] --> ConsumeMiddleware2[$middleware2] --> Consume(Consume / handle)
    -.-> ConsumeMiddleware2[$middleware2] -.-> ConsumeMiddleware1[$middleware1]
    ConsumeMiddleware1[$middleware1] -.-> EndConsume((End))

Push pipeline

When you push a message, you can use middlewares to modify both message and queue adapter. With message modification you can add extra data, obfuscate data, collect metrics, etc.
With queue adapter modification you can redirect message to another queue, delay message consuming, and so on.

To use this feature you have to create a middleware class, which implements MiddlewarePushInterface, and return a modified PushRequest object from the processPush method:

return $pushRequest->withMessage($newMessage)->withAdapter($newAdapter);

With push middlewares you can define an adapter object at the runtime, not in the Queue constructor. There is a restriction: by the time all middlewares are executed in the forward order, the adapter must be specified in the PushRequest object. You will get a AdapterNotConfiguredException, if it isn't.

You have three places to define push middlewares:

  1. PushMiddlewareDispatcher. You can pass it either to the constructor, or to the withMiddlewares() method, which
    creates a completely new dispatcher object with only those middlewares, which are passed as arguments. If you use yiisoft/config, you can add middleware to the middlewares-push key of the yiisoft/yii-queue array in the params.
  2. Pass middlewares to either Queue::withMiddlewares() or Queue::withMiddlewaresAdded() methods. The difference is that the former will completely replace an existing middleware stack, while the latter will add passed middlewares to the end of the existing stack. These middlewares will be executed after the common ones, passed directly to the PushMiddlewareDispatcher. It's useful when defining a queue channel. Both methods return a new instance of the Queue class.
  3. Put middlewares into the Queue::push() method like this: $queue->push($message, ...$middlewares). These middlewares have the lowest priority and will be executed after those which are in the PushMiddlewareDispatcher and the ones passed to the Queue::withMiddlewares() and Queue::withMiddlewaresAdded() and only for the message passed along with them.

Consume pipeline

You can set a middleware pipeline for a message when it will be consumed from a queue server. This is useful to collect metrics, modify message data, etc. In pair with a Push middleware you can deduplicate messages in the queue, calculate time from push to consume, handle errors (push to a queue again, redirect failed message to another queue, send a notification, etc.). Unless Push pipeline, you have only one place to define the middleware stack: in the ConsumeMiddlewareDispatcher, either in the constructor, or in the withMiddlewares() method. If you use yiisoft/config, you can add middleware to the middlewares-consume key of the yiisoft/yii-queue array in the params.

Error handling pipeline

Often when some job is failing, we want to retry its execution a couple more times or redirect it to another queue channel. This can be done in yiisoft/yii-queue with Failure middleware pipeline. They are triggered each time message processing via the Consume middleware pipeline is interrupted with any Throwable. The key differences from the previous two pipelines:

  • You should set up the middleware pipeline separately for each queue channel. That means, the format should be ['channel-name' => [FooMiddleware::class]] instead of [FooMiddleware::class], like for the other two pipelines. There is also a default key, which will be used for those channels without their own one: FailureMiddlewareDispatcher::DEFAULT_PIPELINE.
  • The last middleware will throw the exception, which will come with the FailureHandlingRequest object. If you don't want the exception to be thrown, your middlewares should return a request without calling $handler->handleFailure().

You can declare error handling middleware pipeline in the FailureMiddlewareDispatcher, either in the constructor, or in the withMiddlewares() method. If you use yiisoft/config, you can add middleware to the middlewares-fail key of the yiisoft/yii-queue array in the params.

See error handling docs for details.


Unit testing

The package is tested with PHPUnit. To run tests:


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The Yii Queue Extension is free software. It is released under the terms of the BSD License. Please see LICENSE for more information.

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