Redis-backed job queueing system

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Eitaro Fukamachi




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Psychiq provides background job processing for Common Lisp applications inspired by Ruby's Sidekiq.


This software is still ALPHA quality. The APIs will be likely to change.

Getting Started

Writing a worker

(psy:connect-toplevel :host "localhost" :port 6379)

(defclass my-worker (psy:worker) ())
(defmethod psy:perform ((worker my-worker) &rest args)
  ;; Do something

The worker class is commonly written in an individual ASDF system because it must be shared with clients and servers.

Enqueueing (Client)

;; Enqueueing to "default" queue
(psy:enqueue 'my-worker '("arg1" "arg2"))

;; Enqueueing the job after 300 seconds.
(psy:enqueue-in-sec 300 'my-worker '("arg1" "arg2"))

;; Enqueueing a large number of jobs at a time
;; This is useful if you are pushing tens of thousands of jobs or more
(psy:enqueue-bulk 'my-worker '("arg1" "arg2") '("another" "one") ...)

The arguments must be simple JSON datatypes which can be serialized with Jonathan.

Starting processing (Server)

Psychiq provides a Roswell script for starting processing:

$ psychiq --host localhost --port 6379 --system myapp-workers
$ psychiq -h
Usage: psychiq [option...]

    -o, --host HOST                 Redis server host (default: localhost)
    -p, --port PORT                 Redis server port (default: 6379)
    -d, --db DBNUM                  Redis server db (default: 0)
    -q, --queue QUEUE[,WEIGHT]      Queues to process with optional weights (several -q's allowed)
    -c, --concurrency INT           Processor threads to use (default: 25)
    -s, --system SYSTEM             ASDF system to load before starting (several -s's allowed)
    -v, --verbose                   Print more verbose output
    -n, --namespace NAMESPACE       Redis namespace (default: "psychiq")
    -V, --version                   Print version
    -h, --help                      Show help

Worker options

(defclass my-worker (psy:worker) ())

;; Specify max retry attempts. (default: 25)
(defmethod psy:worker-max-retries ((worker my-worker))

;; Use a named queue to push. (default: "default")
(defmethod psy:worker-queue-name ((worker my-worker))

;; Disable jobs going to the dead job queue. (default: T)
(defmethod psy:worker-use-dead-queue-p ((worker my-worker))

;; Whether to save any error backtrace in the retry payload. (default: NIL)
(defmethod psy:worker-use-backtrace-p ((worker my-worker))


  • INT: graceful shutdown, waits for all processors are idle.
  • TERM: shutdown immediately

Error Handling

When getting an error while performing a job, Psychiq will add the job to the "retry" queue. Jobs in the "retry" queue will be retried automatically with an exponential backoff. After 25 attempts, Psychiq move the job to the "dead" queue.

Web UI

Since the data structure which Psychiq stores in Redis is compatible with Ruby's Resque/Sidekiq, Sidekiq's Web UI can be used.

require 'sidekiq'

Sidekiq.configure_client do |config|
  config.redis = { :size => 1, url: 'redis://localhost:6379', namespace: 'psychiq' }

require 'sidekiq/web'
run Sidekiq::Web
$ rackup

It will be up at which allows you to see processes and can retry failed jobs manually.


  • SBCL (compiled with sb-thread) or Clozure CL
  • Redis
  • Roswell for command-line launcher script.


$ ros install psychiq



Copyright (c) 2015-2017 Eitaro Fukamachi (


Licensed under the LLGPL License.

Dependencies (10)

  • alexandria
  • bordeaux-threads
  • cl-redis
  • cl-reexport
  • dissect
  • jonathan
  • local-time
  • prove
  • uiop
  • vom

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    • Quicklisp