Huey comes with special integration for use with the Django framework. The integration provides:

  1. Configuration of huey via the Django settings module.

  2. Running the consumer as a Django management command.

  3. Auto-discovery of modules to simplify task importing.

  4. Properly manage database connections.

Supported Django versions are those officially supported at


For multiple-queue support, check out gaiacoop/django-huey.

Setting things up

To use huey with Django, the first step is to add an entry to your project’s settings.INSTALLED_APPS:

# ...
    # ...
    'huey.contrib.djhuey',  # Add this to the list.
    # ...

The above is the bare minimum needed to start using huey’s Django integration. If you like, though, you can also configure both Huey and the consumer using the settings module.


Huey settings are optional. If not provided, Huey will default to using Redis running on localhost:6379 (standard setup).

Configuration is kept in settings.HUEY, which can be either a dictionary or a Huey instance. Here is an example that shows all of the supported options with their default values:

HUEY = {
    'huey_class': 'huey.RedisHuey',  # Huey implementation to use.
    'name': settings.DATABASES['default']['NAME'],  # Use db name for huey.
    'results': True,  # Store return values of tasks.
    'store_none': False,  # If a task returns None, do not save to results.
    'immediate': settings.DEBUG,  # If DEBUG=True, run synchronously.
    'utc': True,  # Use UTC for all times internally.
    'blocking': True,  # Perform blocking pop rather than poll Redis.
    'connection': {
        'host': 'localhost',
        'port': 6379,
        'db': 0,
        'connection_pool': None,  # Definitely you should use pooling!
        # ... tons of other options, see redis-py for details.

        # huey-specific connection parameters.
        'read_timeout': 1,  # If not polling (blocking pop), use timeout.
        'url': None,  # Allow Redis config via a DSN.
    'consumer': {
        'workers': 1,
        'worker_type': 'thread',
        'initial_delay': 0.1,  # Smallest polling interval, same as -d.
        'backoff': 1.15,  # Exponential backoff using this rate, -b.
        'max_delay': 10.0,  # Max possible polling interval, -m.
        'scheduler_interval': 1,  # Check schedule every second, -s.
        'periodic': True,  # Enable crontab feature.
        'check_worker_health': True,  # Enable worker health checks.
        'health_check_interval': 1,  # Check worker health every second.

The following huey_class implementations are provided out-of-the-box:

  • huey.RedisHuey - default.

  • huey.PriorityRedisHuey - uses Redis but adds support for Task priority. Requires redis server 5.0 or newer.

  • huey.RedisExpireHuey - Redis implementation that expires result keys automatically if results are not read.

  • huey.PriorityRedisExpireHuey - Redis implementation that expires result keys automatically if results are not read and supports priority.

  • huey.SqliteHuey - uses Sqlite, full support for task priorities. Accepts a filename parameter for the path to the database file.

  • huey.FileHuey - uses filesystem for storage. Accepts a path parameter for the base storage directory.

Alternatively, you can simply set settings.HUEY to a Huey instance and do your configuration directly. In the example below, I’ve also shown how you can create a connection pool:

# -- alternative configuration method
from huey import RedisHuey
from redis import ConnectionPool

pool = ConnectionPool(host='', port=6379, max_connections=20)
HUEY = RedisHuey('my-app', connection_pool=pool)

Running the Consumer

To run the consumer, use the run_huey management command. This command will automatically import any modules in your INSTALLED_APPS named The consumer can be configured using both the django settings module and/or by specifying options from the command-line.


Options specified on the command line take precedence over those specified in the settings module.

To start the consumer, you simply run:

$ ./ run_huey

In addition to the HUEY.consumer setting dictionary, the management command supports all the same options as the standalone consumer. These options are listed and described in the Options for the consumer section.

For quick reference, the most important command-line options are briefly listed here.

-w, --workers

Number of worker threads/processes/greenlets. Default is 1, but most applications should use at least 2.

-k, --worker-type

Worker type, must be “thread”, “process” or “greenlet”. The default is thread, which provides good all-around performance. For CPU-intensive workloads, process is likely to be more performant. The greenlet worker type is suited for IO-heavy workloads. When using greenlet you can specify tens or hundreds of workers since they are extremely lightweight compared to threads/processes. See note below on using gevent/greenlet.

-A, --disable-autoload

Disable automatic loading of tasks modules.


Due to a conflict with Django’s base option list, the “verbose” option is set using -V or --huey-verbose. When enabled, huey logs at the DEBUG level.

For more information, read the Options for the consumer section.

Using gevent

When using worker type greenlet, it’s necessary to apply a monkey-patch before any libraries or system modules are imported. Gevent monkey-patches things like socket to provide non-blocking I/O, and if those modules are loaded before the patch is applied, then the resulting code will execute synchronously.

Unfortunately, because of Django’s design, the only way to reliably apply this patch is to create a custom bootstrap script that mimics the functionality of Here is the patched code:

#!/usr/bin/env python
import os
import sys

# Apply monkey-patch if we are running the huey consumer.
if 'run_huey' in sys.argv:
    from gevent import monkey

if __name__ == "__main__":
    os.environ.setdefault("DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE", "conf")
    from import execute_from_command_line

How to create tasks

The task() and periodic_task() decorators can be imported from the huey.contrib.djhuey module. Here is how you might define two tasks:

from huey import crontab
from huey.contrib.djhuey import periodic_task, task

def count_beans(number):
    print('-- counted %s beans --' % number)
    return 'Counted %s beans' % number

def every_five_mins():
    print('Every five minutes this will be printed by the consumer')

The huey.contrib.djhuey module exposes a number of additional helpers:

Tasks that execute queries

If you plan on executing queries inside your task, it is a good idea to close the connection once your task finishes. To make this easier, huey provides a special decorator to use in place of task and periodic_task which will automatically close the connection for you.

from huey import crontab
from huey.contrib.djhuey import db_periodic_task, db_task

def do_some_queries():
    # This task executes queries. Once the task finishes, the connection
    # will be closed.

def every_five_mins():
    # This is a periodic task that executes queries.

DEBUG and Synchronous Execution

When settings.DEBUG = True, and settings.HUEY is a dict that does not explicitly specify a value for immediate, tasks will be executed synchronously just like regular function calls. The purpose of this is to avoid running both Redis and an additional consumer process while developing or running tests. If you prefer to use a live storage engine when DEBUG is enabled, you can specify immediate_use_memory=False - which still runs Huey in immediate mode, but using a live storage API. To completely disable immediate mode when DEBUG is set, you can specify immediate=False in your settings.

HUEY = {
    'name': 'my-app',

    # To run Huey in "immediate" mode with a live storage API, specify
    # immediate_use_memory=False.
    'immediate_use_memory': False,

    # OR:
    # To run Huey in "live" mode regardless of whether DEBUG is enabled,
    # specify immediate=False.
    'immediate': False,

Getting the Huey Instance

If you want to interact with Huey APIs that are not exposed through djhuey explicitly, you can get the actual Huey instance in the following way:

from huey.contrib.djhuey import HUEY as huey

# E.g., get the underlying Storage instance.
storage =

Configuration Examples

This section contains example HUEY configurations.

# Redis running locally with four worker threads.
HUEY = {
    'name': 'my-app',
    'consumer': {'workers': 4, 'worker_type': 'thread'},
# Redis on network host with 64 worker greenlets and connection pool
# supporting up to 100 connections.
from redis import ConnectionPool

pool = ConnectionPool(

HUEY = {
    'name': 'my-app',
    'connection': {'connection_pool': pool},
    'consumer': {'workers': 64, 'worker_type': 'greenlet'},

It is also possible to specify the connection using a Redis URL, making it easy to configure this setting using a single environment variable:

HUEY = {
    'name': 'my-app',
    'url': os.environ.get('REDIS_URL', 'redis://localhost:6379/?db=1')

Alternatively, you can just assign a Huey instance to the HUEY setting:

from huey import RedisHuey

HUEY = RedisHuey('my-app')