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Give your workers more to do!

Augments Sidekiq job classes with a push_bulk method for easier and faster bulk pushing.

Let's say you want to enqueue a bunch of jobs. You might do this:

big_array.each do |e|

If big_array has lots of elements, this can be quite slow because of repeated Redis calls per job.

If, instead, you can push all of big_array to Redis in one go, it's more efficient.

Sidekiq comes with Sidekiq::Client.push_bulk which does let you push in bulk. This gem provides a wrapper around that method so that instead of:

Sidekiq::Client.push_bulk("class" => FooJob, "args" => [[1], [2], [3]])

You can write:

FooJob.push_bulk([1, 2, 3])

By default, jobs are sent in batches of 10,000 as a trade-off. Pushing N jobs is not O(1).


With Bundler:

# in Gemfile
gem "sidekiq-bulk"

Either require "sidekiq-bulk" or require "sidekiq/bulk".

To use

To enqueue a job for each element of an array:

# enqueues 3 jobs for FooJob, each with 1 argument
FooJob.push_bulk([1, 2, 3])

# equivalent to:
Sidekiq::Client.push_bulk("class" => FooJob, "args" => [[1], [2], [3]])

# which is a more efficient version of
[1, 2, 3].each do |i|

To enqueue jobs with more than one argument:

FooJob.push_bulk(all_users) do |user|
  [, "foobar"]

# enqueues one job for each element of `all_users`, where each job
# has two arguments: the user ID and the string "foobar".
# equivalent to, but faster than:

all_users.each do |user|
  FooJob.perform_async(, "foobar")

Job count splitting

push_bulk will only enqueue at most 10,000 jobs at a time. That is, if items has 20,000 elements, push_bulk(items) will push the first 10,000, then the second 10,000. You can control the threshold with limit:.

# push in groups of 50,000 jobs at a time
FooJob.push_bulk(items, limit: 50_000)

# equivalent to FooJob.push_bulk(items, limit: 10_000)

This also works with a block.

# this results in 5 pushes

users.length # => 100_000
FooJob.push_bulk(users, limit: 20_000) do |user|
  [, "some-value"]

And to disable push splitting, use push_bulk!.

# one single push of 500,000 jobs, no splitting

users.length # => 500_000
FooJob.push_bulk!(users) do |user|
  [, "some-value"]


Copyright (c) 2015 Adam Prescott, licensed under the MIT license. See LICENSE.


Issues (bugs, questions, etc.) should be opened with the GitHub project.

To contribute changes:

  1. Visit the GitHub repository for sidekiq-bulk.
  2. Fork the repository.
  3. Make new feature branch: git checkout -b master new-feature (do not add on top of master!)
  4. Implement the feature, along with tests.
  5. Send a pull request.

Make sure to bundle install.

Tests live in spec/. Run them with bundle exec rspec.

To run tests against various Sidekiq versions, use appraisal rspec, after appraisal bundle if necessary. (See the Appraisal project and the Appraisals file for more details.)