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RSpec for Sidekiq

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Simple testing of Sidekiq jobs via a collection of matchers and helpers

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# Gemfile
group :test do
  gem 'rspec-sidekiq'

rspec-sidekiq requires sidekiq/testing by default so there is no need to include the line require "sidekiq/testing" inside your spec_helper.rb.

IMPORTANT! This has the effect of not pushing enqueued jobs to Redis but to a job array to enable testing (see the FAQ & Troubleshooting Wiki page). Thus, only include gem "rspec-sidekiq" in environments where this behaviour is required, such as the test group.


If you wish to modify the default behaviour, add the following to your spec_helper.rb file

RSpec::Sidekiq.configure do |config|
  # Clears all job queues before each example
  config.clear_all_enqueued_jobs = true # default => true

  # Whether to use terminal colours when outputting messages
  config.enable_terminal_colours = true # default => true

  # Warn when jobs are not enqueued to Redis but to a job array
  config.warn_when_jobs_not_processed_by_sidekiq = true # default => true



Describes a method that should be invoked asynchronously (See Sidekiq Delayed Extensions)

Object.delay.is_nil? # delay
expect(Object.method :is_nil?).to be_delayed
Object.delay.is_a? Object # delay with argument
expect(Object.method :is_a?).to be_delayed(Object)

Object.delay_for(1.hour).is_nil? # delay for
expect(Object.method :is_nil?).to be_delayed.for 1.hour
Object.delay_for(1.hour).is_a? Object # delay for with argument
expect(Object.method :is_a?).to be_delayed(Object).for 1.hour

Object.delay_until(1.hour.from_now).is_nil? # delay until
expect(Object.method :is_nil?).to be_delayed.until 1.hour.from_now
Object.delay_until(1.hour.from_now).is_a? Object # delay until with argument
expect(Object.method :is_a?).to be_delayed(Object).until 1.hour.from_now

#Rails Mailer
expect(MyMailer.instance_method :some_mail).to be_delayed


Describes the queue that a job should be processed in

sidekiq_options queue: :download
# test with...
expect(AwesomeJob).to be_processed_in :download # or
it { is_expected.to be_processed_in :download }


Describes if a job should retry when there is a failure in it's execution

sidekiq_options retry: 5
# test with...
expect(AwesomeJob).to be_retryable true # or
it { is_expected.to be_retryable true }
# ...or alternatively specify the number of times it should be retried
expect(AwesomeJob).to be_retryable 5 # or
it { is_expected.to be_retryable 5 }
# ...or when it should not retry
expect(AwesomeJob).to be_retryable false # or
it { is_expected.to be_retryable false }


Describes if a job should save the error backtrace when there is a failure in it's execution

sidekiq_options backtrace: 5
# test with...
expect(AwesomeJob).to save_backtrace # or
it { is_expected.to save_backtrace }
# ...or alternatively specifiy the number of lines that should be saved
expect(AwesomeJob).to save_backtrace 5 # or
it { is_expected.to save_backtrace 5 }
# ...or when it should not save the backtrace
expect(AwesomeJob).to_not save_backtrace # or
expect(AwesomeJob).to save_backtrace false # or
it { is_expected.to_not save_backtrace } # or
it { is_expected.to save_backtrace false }


Describes when a job should be unique within it's queue

sidekiq_options unique: true
# test with...
expect(AwesomeJob).to be_unique
it { is_expected.to be_unique }


Describes when a job should expire

sidekiq_options expires_in: 1.hour
# test with...
it { is_expected.to be_expired_in 1.hour }
it { is_expected.to_not be_expired_in 2.hours }


Describes that there should be an enqueued job with the specified arguments

Note: When using rspec-rails >= 3.4, use have_enqueued_sidekiq_job instead to prevent a name clash with rspec-rails' ActiveJob matcher.

AwesomeJob.perform_async 'Awesome', true
# test with...
expect(AwesomeJob).to have_enqueued_sidekiq_job('Awesome', true)

# Code written with older versions of the gem may use the deprecated
# have_enqueued_job matcher.
expect(AwesomeJob).to have_enqueued_job('Awesome', true)

Testing scheduled jobs

Use chainable matchers #at and #in

Awesomejob.perform_at 5.minutes.from_now, 'Awesome', true
# test with...
expect(AwesomeJob).to have_enqueued_sidekiq_job('Awesome', true).at(5.minutes.from_now)
Awesomejob.perform_in 5.minutes, 'Awesome', true
# test with...
expect(AwesomeJob).to have_enqueued_sidekiq_job('Awesome', true).in(5.minutes)

Example matcher usage

require 'spec_helper'

describe AwesomeJob do
  it { is_expected.to be_processed_in :my_queue }
  it { is_expected.to be_retryable 5 }
  it { is_expected.to be_unique }
  it { is_expected.to be_expired_in 1.hour }

  it 'enqueues another awesome job' do

    expect(AnotherAwesomeJob).to have_enqueued_sidekiq_job('Awesome', true)



If you are using Sidekiq Batches (Sidekiq Pro feature), rspec-sidekiq replaces the implementation (using the NullObject pattern) enabling testing without a Redis instance. Mocha and RSpec stubbing is supported here.


sidekiq_retries_exhausted do |msg|
# test with...
FooClass.within_sidekiq_retries_exhausted_block {
  expect(FooClass).to receive(:bar).with('hello')


bundle exec rspec spec


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