• Install the latest version with pip:

    $ pip install django-q
  • Add django_q to INSTALLED_APPS in your projects

        # other apps
  • Run Django migrations to create the database tables:

    $ python migrate
  • Make sure you have a Redis server running somewhere and know how to connect to it.


Configuration is handled via the Q_CLUSTER dictionary in your

# example
    'name': 'myproject',
    'workers': 8,
    'recycle': 500,
    'timeout': 60,
    'compress': True,
    'save_limit': 250,
    'queue_limit': 500,
    'cpu_affinity': 1,
    'label': 'Django Q',
    'redis': {
        'host': '',
        'port': 6379,
        'db': 0, }


Used to differentiate between projects using the same Redis server. Defaults to 'default'. This can be useful if you have several projects using the same Redis server.


Tasks are encrypted. When a worker encounters a task it can not decrypt, it will be discarded.


The number of workers to use in the cluster. Defaults to CPU count of the current host, but can be set to a custom number. [1]


The number of tasks a worker will process before recycling . Useful to release memory resources on a regular basis. Defaults to 500.


The number of seconds a worker is allowed to spend on a task before it’s terminated. Defaults to None, meaning it will never time out. Set this to something that makes sense for your project. Can be overridden for individual tasks.


Compresses task packages to Redis. Useful for large payloads, but can add overhead when used with many small packages. Defaults to False


Limits the amount of successful tasks saved to Django.
  • Set to 0 for unlimited.
  • Set to -1 for no success storage at all.
  • Defaults to 250
  • Failures are always saved.


This does not limit the amount of tasks that can be queued overall on Redis, but rather how many tasks are kept in memory by a single cluster. Setting this to a reasonable number, can help balance the workload and the memory overhead of each individual cluster. It can also be used to manage the loss of data in case of a cluster failure. Defaults to None, meaning no limit.


The label used for the Django Admin page. Defaults to 'Django Q'


Connection settings for Redis. Defaults:

redis: {
    'host': 'localhost',
    'port': 6379,
    'db': 0,
    'password': None,
    'socket_timeout': None,
    'charset': 'utf-8',
    'errors': 'strict',
    'unix_socket_path': None

For more information on these settings please refer to the Redis-py documentation


If you are already using django-redis for your caching, you can take advantage of its excellent connection backend by supplying the name of the cache connection you want to use:

# example django-redis connection
    'name': 'DJRedis',
    'workers': 4,
    'timeout': 90,
    'django_redis: 'default'


Django Q uses your SECRET_KEY to encrypt task packages and prevent task crossover. So make sure you have it set up in your Django settings.


Sets the number of processor each worker can use. This does not affect auxiliary processes like the sentinel or monitor and is only useful for tweaking the performance of very high traffic clusters. The affinity number has to be higher than zero and less than the total number of processors to have any effect. Defaults to using all processors:

# processor affinity example.

4 processors, 4 workers, cpu_affinity: 1

worker 1 cpu [0]
worker 2 cpu [1]
worker 3 cpu [2]
worker 4 cpu [3]

4 processors, 4 workers, cpu_affinity: 2

worker 1 cpu [0, 1]
worker 2 cpu [2, 3]
worker 3 cpu [0, 1]
worker 4 cpu [2, 3]

8 processors, 8 workers, cpu_affinity: 3

worker 1 cpu [0, 1, 2]
worker 2 cpu [3, 4, 5]
worker 3 cpu [6, 7, 0]
worker 4 cpu [1, 2, 3]
worker 5 cpu [4, 5, 6]
worker 6 cpu [7, 0, 1]
worker 7 cpu [2, 3, 4]
worker 8 cpu [5, 6, 7]

In some cases, setting the cpu affinity for your workers can lead to performance improvements, especially if the load is high and consists of many repeating small tasks. Start with an affinity of 1 and work your way up. You will have to experiment with what works best for you. As a rule of thumb; cpu_affinity 1 favors repetitive short running tasks, while no affinity benefits longer running tasks.


The cpu_affinity setting requires the optional psutil module.


Django Q is tested for Python 2.7 and 3.4

  • Django

    Django Q aims to use as much of Django’s standard offerings as possible The code is tested against Django version 1.7.9 and 1.8.3.

  • Django-picklefield

    Used to store args, kwargs and result objects in the database.

  • Redis-py

    Andy McCurdy’s excellent Redis python client.

  • Arrow

    The scheduler uses Chris Smith’s wonderful project to determine correct dates in the future.

  • Blessed

    This feature-filled fork of Erik Rose’s blessings project provides the terminal layout of the monitor.

  • Redis server

    Django Q uses Redis as a centralized hub between your Django instances and your Q clusters.


  • Psutil python system and process utilities module by Giampaolo Rodola’, is an optional requirement and adds cpu affinity settings to the cluster:

    $ pip install psutil
  • Hiredis parser. This C library maintained by the core Redis team is faster than the standard PythonParser during high loads:

    $ pip install hiredis


[1]Uses multiprocessing.cpu_count() which can fail on some platforms. If so , please set the worker count in the configuration manually or install psutil to provide an alternative cpu count method.