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PHP-Worker in Laradock

dendihandian profile image Dendi Handian Updated on ・2 min read

Laravel has queue functionality to enable the app to do asynchronous processes. If we use only laradock's workspace container to perform php artisan queue:work, you might want to open a new workspace bash session to do something else. We need something/service that runs the queue jobs in the background to make our life easier. Of course, Laradock has it and it's called php-worker

Prerequisites

If you have no idea what Laradock is, then please play with it first and set up your laravel application in it by following this guide and then try setup mailhog server, how to configure it and set up a basic artisan command to send a mail here. These two guides will help you (also me to cut the current post length) to get the basic needed to follow this post.

Create a worker configuration for your project

If you follow my first post in the series about the laradock introduction, then we can use the same directories example:

- projects
  |_ my-awesome-laravel-app 
  |_ laradock
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further inside the laradock directory, you will find this file php-worker\supervisord.d\laravel-worker.conf.example. Duplicate this file into my-awesome-laravel-app-worker.conf (the name could be different, as long as you end it with .conf).

- projects
  |_ my-awesome-laravel-app 
  |_ laradock
     |_ php-worker
        |_ supervisord.d
           |_ laravel-worker.conf.example
           |_ my-awesome-laravel-app-worker.conf
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Then modify the my-awesome-laravel-app-worker.conf content into:

[program:my-awesome-laravel-app-worker]
process_name=%(program_name)s_%(process_num)02d
command=php /var/www/my-awesome-laravel-app/artisan queue:work --sleep=3 --tries=3 --daemon
autostart=true
autorestart=true
numprocs=8
user=laradock
redirect_stderr=true
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And that's it for the worker configuration.

Using the database queue connection

For a simple demonstration, we can use database for queue connection. So set the value in the laravel project .env like this:

...

QUEUE_CONNECTION=database

...
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If you haven't created the jobs table, go ahead enter the laradock's workspace bash and execute php artisan queue:table and php artisan migrate to create it.

Now execute the simple mail sender command php artisan example:send-mail as it's instructed in my post about mailhog. If it succeeds, you should see the job enqueued inside the jobs table in your database.

Run the PHP-Worker container

Say no more, run this command inside your laradock directory:

docker-compose up -d php-worker
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Now the queue should do the magic, you should see the email in the mailhog inbox.

Have fun experimenting with php-worker in Laradock

laravel version used: 6.0 LTS
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Lakhveer Bawa

Hi Dendi, I can see, the job is added inside the jobs table, but why it's not being executed?

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Dendi Handian Author

See the logs of php-worker container, maybe something went wrong.

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Lakhveer Bawa

hmm Thanks, I had to reload the supervisors inside the worker container

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William Duarte

Thank You!

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