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Graphile Worker

High performance Node.js/PostgreSQL job queue
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What is Graphile Worker?

It is a job queue for PostgreSQL running on Node.js. It allows you to run jobs (e.g. sending emails, performing calculations, generating PDFs, etc) "in the background" so that your HTTP response/application code is not held up. Can be used with any PostgreSQL-backed application. Pairs beautifully with PostGraphile or PostgREST.
Graphile Worker is a tool in the Background Processing category of a tech stack.
Graphile Worker is an open source tool with 1.1K GitHub stars and 66 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Graphile Worker's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Graphile Worker?

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Graphile Worker's Features

  • Standalone and embedded modes
  • Designed to be used both from JavaScript or directly in the database
  • Easy to test (recommended: runTaskListOnce util)
  • Low latency (typically under 3ms from task schedule to execution, uses LISTEN/NOTIFY to be informed of jobs as they're inserted)
  • High performance (uses SKIP LOCKED to find jobs to execute, resulting in faster fetches)
  • Small tasks (uses explicit task names / payloads resulting in minimal serialisation/deserialisation overhead)
  • Parallel by default

Graphile Worker Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Graphile Worker?
Sidekiq
Sidekiq uses threads to handle many jobs at the same time in the same process. It does not require Rails but will integrate tightly with Rails 3/4 to make background processing dead simple.
Hangfire
It is an open-source framework that helps you to create, process and manage your background jobs, i.e. operations you don't want to put in your request processing pipeline. It supports all kind of background tasks – short-running and long-running, CPU intensive and I/O intensive, one shot and recurrent.
Resque
Background jobs can be any Ruby class or module that responds to perform. Your existing classes can easily be converted to background jobs or you can create new classes specifically to do work. Or, you can do both.
Beanstalkd
Beanstalks's interface is generic, but was originally designed for reducing the latency of page views in high-volume web applications by running time-consuming tasks asynchronously.
PHP-FPM
It is an alternative PHP FastCGI implementation with some additional features useful for sites of any size, especially busier sites. It includes Adaptive process spawning, Advanced process management with graceful stop/start, Emergency restart in case of accidental opcode cache destruction etc.
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