npm i rethinkdb-job-queue


A persistent job or task queue backed by RethinkDB.

by Grant Carthew

3.1.7 (see all)License:MITTypeScript:Not Found
npm i rethinkdb-job-queue


rethinkdb-job-queue is a persistent job or task queue backed by RethinkDB. It has been built as an alternative to the many queues available on NPM.

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Quick Start


Note: You will need to install RethinkDB before you can use rethinkdb-job-queue.

npm install rethinkdb-job-queue --save

See the installation document for supported Node.js versions and workarounds.

Simple Example

const Queue = require('rethinkdb-job-queue')
const qOptions = {
  name: 'Mathematics' // The queue and table name
const cxnOptions = {
  db: 'JobQueue', // The name of the database in RethinkDB

const q = new Queue(cxnOptions, qOptions)

const job = q.createJob({
  numerator: 123,
  denominator: 456

q.process((job, next) => {
    try {
      let result = job.numerator / job.denominator
      // Do something with your result
      return next(null, result)
    } catch (err) {
      return next(err)

return q.addJob(job).catch((err) => {

E-Mail Job Example using nodemailer

// The following is not related to rethinkdb-job-queue.
// This is the nodemailer configuration
const nodemailer = require('nodemailer')
const transporter = nodemailer.createTransport({
  service: 'Mailgun',
  auth: {
    user: 'postmaster@superheros.com',
    pass: 'your-api-key-here'

// Setup e-mail data with unicode symbols
var mailOptions = {
  from: '"Registration" <support@superheros.com>', // Sender address
  subject: 'Registration', // Subject line
  text: 'Click here to complete your registration', // Plaintext body
  html: '<b>Click here to complete your registration</b>' // HTML body

// rethinkdb-job-queue configuration
const Queue = require('rethinkdb-job-queue')

// Queue options have defaults and are not required
const qOptions = {
  name: 'RegistrationEmail', // The queue and table name
  masterInterval: 310000, // Database review period in milliseconds
  changeFeed: true, // Enables events from the database table
  concurrency: 100,
  removeFinishedJobs: 2592000000, // true, false, or number of milliseconds

// Connection options have defaults and are not required
// You can replace these options with a rethinkdbdash driver object
const cxnOptions = {
  host: 'localhost',
  port: 28015,
  db: 'JobQueue', // The name of the database in RethinkDB

// This is the main queue instantiation call
const q = new Queue(cxnOptions, qOptions)

// Customizing the default job options for new jobs
q.jobOptions = {
  priority: 'normal',
  timeout: 300000,
  retryMax: 3, // Four attempts, first then three retries
  retryDelay: 600000 // Time in milliseconds to delay retries

const job = q.createJob()
// The createJob method will only create the job locally.
// It will need to be added to the queue.
// You can decorate the job with any data to be saved for processing
job.recipient = 'batman@batcave.com'

q.process((job, next) => {
  // Send email using job.recipient as the destination address
  mailOptions.to = job.recipient
  return transporter.sendMail(mailOptions).then((info) => {
    return next(null, info)
  }).catch((err) => {
    // This catch is for nodemailer sendMail errors.
    return next(err)

return q.addJob(job).then((savedJobs) => {
  // savedJobs is an array of the jobs added with updated properties
}).catch((err) => {

About the Owner

I, Grant Carthew, am a technologist, trainer, and Dad from Queensland, Australia. I work on code in a number of personal projects and when the need arises I build my own packages.

This project exists because there were no functional job queues built on the RethinkDB database. I wanted an alternative to the other job queues on NPM.

Everything I do in open source is done in my own time and as a contribution to the open source community.

If you are using my projects and would like to thank me or support me, please click the Patreon link below.

Patreon Donation

See my other projects on NPM.


  1. Fork it!
  2. Create your feature branch: git checkout -b my-new-feature
  3. Commit your changes: git commit -am 'Add some feature'
  4. Push to the branch: git push origin my-new-feature
  5. Submit a pull request :D

Want to help but not sure how? Checkout the ideas page.

Please see the debugging and testing documents for more detail.


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