With the release of Huey 0.4, there are a number of changes to the way things work. Unfortunately, many of these changes are backwards incompatible as this was a pretty big rewrite. What follows is a list of things that changed and how to upgrade your code.

To see working examples, be sure to check out the two example apps that ship with huey, or view the source on GitHub.

Invoker became Huey

Invoker was a terrible name. It has been renamed to the much-better “Huey”, which serves the same purpose. Huey accepts mostly the same args as Invoker did, with the exception of the task_store argument which has been removed as it was redundant with result_store.

queue = RedisBlockingQueue(name='foo')
data_store = RedisDataStore(name='foo')

invoker = Invoker(queue, data_store)

huey = Huey(queue, data_store)

Decorators are methods on Huey

Formerly if you wanted to decorate a function you would import one of the decorators from huey.decorators. Instead, these decorators are now implemented as methods on the Huey object (task() and periodic_task()).

def do_something(a, b, c):
    return a + b + c

def do_something(a, b, c):
    return a + b + c

The arguments are the same, except there is no need to pass in the invoker object anymore.

No more BaseConfiguration

Configuring the consumer used to be a bit obnoxious because of the need to duplicate information in the BaseConfiguration subclass that was already present in your Invoker. The BaseConfiguration object is gone – now instead of pointing your consumer at the config object, point it at your application’s Huey instance:

huey_consumer.py path.to.Configuration

huey_consumer.py path.to.huey_instance

Options that were formerly hard-coded into the configuration, like threads and logfile, are now exposed as command-line arguments.

For more information check out the consumer docs.

Simplified Django Settings

The Django settings are now a bit more simplified. In fact, if you are running Redis locally, Huey will “just work”. The new huey settings look like this:

HUEY = {
    'backend': 'huey.backends.redis_backend',  # required.
    'name': 'unique name',
    'connection': {'host': 'localhost', 'port': 6379},

    # Options to pass into the consumer when running ``manage.py run_huey``
    'consumer_options': {'workers': 4},

Additionally, the imports changed. Now everything is imported from djhuey:

from huey.djhuey import task, periodic_task, crontab

def some_fn(a, b):
    return a + b

Django task autodiscovery

The run_huey management command no longer auto-imports commands.py – instead it will auto-import tasks.py.