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How to use Sidekiq in Rails 7: Background Jobs

In this blog, we'll explore how to use background jobs with Sidekiq in Rails 7 to handle long-running tasks, including:

  1. What are background jobs and why use them
  2. Setting up Sidekiq in your Rails 7 application
  3. Creating and running background jobs using Sidekiq
  4. Debugging and monitoring background jobs with Sidekiq

What are Background Jobs and Why Use Them?

In Rails, background jobs are used to process long-running tasks asynchronously, such as sending emails, generating reports, or processing large datasets. Rather than blocking the main thread of the application and potentially slowing down the user experience, background jobs allow you to run tasks in the background, freeing up the main thread to handle other requests.

There are several advantages to using background jobs:

  • Improved user experience: By moving long-running tasks to the background, your users won't be blocked from using your application while the tasks are being processed.

  • Scalability: Running tasks in the background allows your application to scale more effectively. Since background jobs are typically run on a separate thread, your application can process multiple requests at once.

  • Increased reliability: Background jobs can be retried automatically in case of failure, ensuring that tasks are completed successfully.

Setting up Sidekiq in Your Rails 7 Application

Sidekiq is a popular background job processing framework for Rails. It uses Redis to manage and process jobs, providing a simple and efficient way to manage background jobs. To use Sidekiq in your Rails 7 application, follow these steps:

  1. Add the sidekiq gem to your Gemfile:
gem 'sidekiq' 
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  1. Run bundle install to install the gem.

  2. Update your config/application.rb file to include the Sidekiq middleware:

config.active_job.queue_adapter = :sidekiq
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Creating and Running Background Jobs using Sidekiq

To create and run background jobs using Sidekiq in Rails 7, follow these steps:

  1. Create a new job using the rails generate job command:
rails generate job MyJob
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This will create a new job file in the app/jobs directory.

  1. Edit the job file to define the work to be done:
class MyJob < ApplicationJob
  queue_as :default

  def perform(*args)
    # Add your long-running task here
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  1. Enqueue the job in your application code:
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This will enqueue the job to the default queue.

  1. Start Sidekiq to process the job:
bundle exec sidekiq
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Debugging and Monitoring Background Jobs with Sidekiq

While background jobs can make your application more efficient and responsive, they can also introduce new challenges for debugging and monitoring. Fortunately, Sidekiq provides a simple web interface for monitoring and debugging your background jobs.

To access the Sidekiq web interface, add below code in your routes:

require 'sidekiq/web'
mount Sidekiq::Web => '/sidekiq'
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Now, start the Sidekiq server by running bundle exec sidekiq in your Rails application's directory. Then, navigate to http://localhost:3000/sidekiq in your web browser to view the Sidekiq dashboard.

The dashboard displays information about the Sidekiq server, including the number of currently running and enqueued jobs. You can also view information about individual jobs, such as their status and any errors that occurred.

In addition to the web interface, Sidekiq provides several other tools for monitoring and debugging your background jobs. For example, you can configure Sidekiq to send email notifications when jobs fail, or use the Sidekiq API to retrieve information about your jobs programmatically.


Read more on Sidekiq Official Website.

In this article, we've explored how to use background jobs with Sidekiq in Rails 7. We covered how to install and configure Sidekiq, how to define and enqueue background jobs, and how to monitor and debug your jobs using Sidekiq's web interface and other tools.

By using background jobs with Sidekiq, you can improve the performance and responsiveness of your Rails application, while also making it more robust and fault-tolerant. So if you're not already using background jobs in your Rails applications, give Sidekiq a try!

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