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Recurring / Periodic / Scheduled / Cron job extension for Sidekiq


There are several options for running periodic tasks with Sidekiq, including sidekiq-scheduler, sidekiq-cron, as well as Sidekiq Enterprise. Each tackles the problem slightly differently. Sidecloq is inspired by various facets of these projects, as well as resque-scheduler. I urge you to take a look at all of these options to see what works best for you.

Sidecloq is:

  • Lightweight: Celluloid is not required. This coincides well with Sidekiq 4/5, which no longer use Celluloid.
  • Clean: Sidecloq leverages only the public API of Sidekiq, and does not pollute the Sidekiq namespace.
  • Easy to deploy: Sidecloq boots with all Sidekiq processes, automatically. Leader election ensures only one process enqueues jobs, and a new leader is automatically chosen should the current leader die.
  • Easy to configure: Schedule configuration is done in YAML, using the familiar cron syntax. No special DSL or job class mixins required.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'sidecloq'

Tested on MRI > 2 and JRuby 9k. Basically, if you can run Sidekiq, you can run Sidecloq. Note that Sidekiq >= 5 does not support MRI ruby < 2.2.2.



Tell Sidecloq where your schedule file is located:

Sidecloq.configure do |config|
  config[:schedule_file] = "path/to/myschedule.yml"


If using Rails, and your schedule is located at config/sidecloq.yml, Sidecloq will find the schedule automatically (ie, you don't have to use the above configuration block).

Schedule file format


my_scheduled_job: # a unique name for this schedule
  class: Jobs::DoWork # the job class
  args: [100]       # (optional) set of arguments
  cron: "* * * * *" # cron formatted schedule
  queue: "queue_name" # Sidekiq queue for job

  class: Jobs::WorkerWithArgs
    batch_size: 100
  cron: "1 1 * * *"
  queue: "queue_name"

  class: Jobs::AnotherClassName
  cron: "1 1 * * *"
  queue: "a_different_queue"


If using Rails, you can nest the schedules under top-level environment keys, and Sidecloq will select the correct group based on the Rails environment. This is useful for development/staging scenarios. For example:

  # these will only run in production
    class: Jobs::ClassName
    cron: "* * * * *"
    queue: "queue_name"

  # this will only run in staging
    class: Jobs::AnotherClassName
    cron: "1 1 * * *"
    queue: "a_different_queue"

Web Extension

Add Sidecloq::Web after Sidekiq::Web:

require 'sidekiq/web'
require 'sidecloq/web'

This will add a "Recurring" tab to the sidekiq web ui, where the loaded schedules are displayed. You can enqueue a job immediately by clicking it's corresponding "Enqueue now" button.

Sidecloq web ui extension screenshot


If you are running MRI < 2.2.2, you will need to make sure you are using rack < 2.0. You can do this by adding:

gem 'rack', '< 2.0'

To your app's Gemfile. (This will also keep you from using the 5.x series of Sidekiq, as it requires MRI > 2.2.2).


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.