Pawel Zadrozny


About confusing or poorly documented features of tools and libraries I use.

Multiple Celery projects with one Redis server

30 Jul 2017 development | #python #redis #celery #queue

This is second article from series about Celery 4. If you miss first article, you can find it here:
First steps with celery 4 and django


Ubuntu 17.04
Python 3.5
Celery 4.0.2
Redis 3.2

Sometimes there is need to run multiple apps in one server. Let’s say server is bored and doesn’t use all it’s potential. There are no contraindications to run multiple apps.

All apps are configured following by documentation which looks like:

from celery import Celery

redis = 'redis://localhost:6379/'
app = Celery('proj', broker=redis, backend=redis)

And something strange happens. Workers starts to steal tasks from each others. There is definitely configuration issue. All apps uses the same database and that is the case.

To avoid such behavior you can mess with queues and routing keys which may be painful and not effective. Or use separate database.

Redis-server uses database with index 0 by default. But you can change it by adding different index to redis url.

redis = 'redis://localhost:6379/1'

Out of the box Redis allow to use database with indexes from 0 to 16. For more databases edit redis.conf file

$ sudo vim /etc/redis/redis.conf

In line ~178, change max database index.