Created: 2011-07-15 03:09
Updated: 2016-10-23 22:24

Grails Jesque

Note: For grails 3 support please see the new repository.

Jesque is an implementation of Resque in Java. It is fully-interoperable with the Ruby and Node.js (Coffee-Resque) implementations.

The grails jesque plugin uses jesque and the grails redis plugin as a dependency. While it uses jesque for the core functionality it makes it groovier to use in grails.

There is also a grails jesque-web plugin initially ported from the jesque-web spring-mvc app, which itself was based on the Sinatra web app resque-web in resque. Either UI will allow you to see what's in your queues and view and re-process failed messages.

A scheduler (a la Quartz) has been added to support scheduled injection of jobs. The syntax is very similar to the grails Quartz plugin.

How do I use it?

Add the jesque plugin to grails, it will automatically pull in jesque with it's dependencies, and the grails redis plugin.

grails install-plugin jesque

You must also have redis installed in your environment.

Example to enqueue

class BackgroundJob {
    def someOtherService //auto-wiring supported

    def perform( arg1, arg2 ) {
        def domainObject = DomainClass.get(arg1) //GORM supported
        domainObject.message = arg2

class SomeOtherClass {
    def jesqueService

    def doWorkAsync() {
        jesqueService.enqueue( 'myQueueName', BackgroundJob.simpleName, 1, 'hi there')

Workers can be started manually by calling

    jesqueService.startWorker( 'myQueueName', BackgroundJob.simpleName, BackgroundJob )

or automatically upon start-up with the following config

grails {
    jesque {
        workers {
            someNameForYourWorkerPool {
                workers = 3 //defaults to 1
                queueNames = 'myQueueName' //or a list
                jobTypes = [(BackgroundJob.simpleName):BackgroundJob]

The redis pool used is configured in the redis plugin:

grails {
    redis {
        host = localhost //default
        port = 6379 //default


Jobs should be placed in grails-app/jobs similar to the Quartz plugin. However, to not clash with quartz, and to retain similarties with resque, the method to execute must be called perform.

You can run the script create-jesque-job to create a shell of a job for you automatically. The following will create a BackgroundJob in the grails-app/jobs folder.

grails create-jesque-job package.Background
class MyJob {
    static queue = 'MyJesqueQueue'
    static workerPool = 'MyWorkerPook'

    def injectedService //auto-wired

    static triggers = {
        cron name: 'MyJob', cronExpression: '0 0 23 * * ? *'

    def perform() { "Executing Job"


Unit and integration tests will also automatically be created. If you have spock installed and listed in your it will create an integration specification instead of a grails integration test.

Custom Worker and WorkerListener

You can define a custom Worker implementation via Config.groovy. This class must extend GrailsWorkerImpl, if not, this configuration parameter is ignored and GrailsWorkerImpl is used

grails {
    jesque {
        custom {
            worker {
                clazz = CustomWorkerImpl

The same works with a custom WorkerListener class. This class must implement WorkerListener, if not, it is ignored.

grails {
    jesque {
        custom {
            listener {
                clazz = CustomWorkerListener

To handle exceptions from jobs in a generic way you may specify a job exception handler like this:

grails {
    jesque {
        custom {
            jobExceptionHandler {
            	clazz = CustomJobExceptionHandler


  • Ability to execute methods on services without creating a job object
  • Wrap above ability automatically with annotation and dynamically creating a method with the same name + "Async" suffix
  • Create grails/groovy docs (gdoc?) to extensively document options
  • Support job/config changes when running as `grails run-app
  • Dynamic wake time of delayed jobs thread to reduce polling

Release Notes

  • 0.2.0 - released 2011-10-17
    • First publicly announced version
  • 0.3.0 - released 2012-02-03
    • First implementation of scheduler
  • 0.4.0 - released 2012-06-06
    • Gracefully shutdown threads
    • Handle changes to scheduled jobs during development
    • Upgrade to Jedis 2.1.0 (Note, this is binary incompatible with Jedis 2.0.0, Grails Jesque < 0.4.0 will not run with Jedis 2.1.0 and >= 0.4.0 must run with Jedis >= 2.1.0)
    • Change artefact name from "Job" to "JesqueJob" to not clash with other grails plugins (e.g. quartz) that use an artefact name of "Job" (issue #14)
  • 0.5.0 - released 2012-11-20
    • Add delayed job queue implementation
    • Ability to use grailsConfiguration in triggers closure
  • 0.5.1 - released 2012-11-27
    • Add some logging to the exception handler to track down shutdown issues
    • Add ability to prevent jesque from starting via config (issue #22)
  • 0.6.0 - released 2013-03-05
    • Upgrade to Jesque 1.3.1
    • Fix edge case with errors after calling jedis.multi() but before calling trans.exec() (issue #26)
  • 0.6.1 - release 2013-03-22
    • Use Jesque's admin functionality to allow start/stop/pause of workers in a cluster
  • 0.6.2 - release 2013-06-13
    • Add ability to specify Redis DB
  • 0.8.0 - TBD - 0.8.0-SNAPSHOT version available now
    • Added priorityEnqueue methods to JesqueService
    • Added ability to define a custom WorkerListener
    • Added ability to define a custom WorkerImpl
    • Added ability to specify a custom job exception handler
    • Updated to grails version 2.3.8
    • Move tests outside of main project
    • Remove test and hibernate dependencies
    • Updated dependencies


Copyright 2011 Michael Cameron

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