GoodJob is a multithreaded, Postgres-based ActiveJob backend for Ruby on Rails.

Inspired by Delayed::Job and Que, GoodJob’s design principles are:

  • Stand on the shoulders of ActiveJob. For example, exception and retry behavior.
  • Stand on the shoulders of Ruby on Rails. For example, ActiveRecord ORM, connection pools, and multithreaded support with Concurrent-Ruby.
  • Stand on the shoulders of Postgres. For example, Advisory Locks.
  • Convention over simplicity over performance.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'good_job', github: 'bensheldon/good_job'

And then execute: bash $ bundle


  1. Create a database migration: bash $ bin/rails g migration CreateGoodJobs

    Add to the newly created migration file:

     class CreateGoodJobs < ActiveRecord::Migration[6.0]
       def change
         enable_extension 'pgcrypto'
         create_table :good_jobs, id: :uuid do |t|
           t.text :queue_name
           t.integer :priority
           t.jsonb :serialized_params
           t.timestamp :scheduled_at

    Run the migration:

     $ bin/rails db:migrate
  2. Configure the ActiveJob adapter: ```ruby # config/environments/production.rb config.active_job.queue_adapter =

    # config/environments/development.rb config.active_job.queue_adapter = true) ```

  3. In production, the scheduler is designed to run in its own process: bash $ bundle exec good_job


To run tests:

# Clone the repository locally
$ git clone [email protected]:bensheldon/good_job.git

# Set up the local environment
$ bin/setup_test

# Run the tests
$ bin/rspec

For developing locally within another Ruby on Rails project:

# Within Ruby on Rails directory...
$ bundle config local.good_job /path/to/local/git/repository

# Confirm that the local copy is used
$ bundle install

# => Using good_job 0.1.0 from (at /Users/You/Projects/[email protected])


Package maintainers can release this gem with the following gem-release command:

# Sign into rubygems
$ gem signin

# Increase the version number
$ gem bump -v minor --no-commit

# Update the changelog
$ bundle exec rake changelog

# Commit the version and changelog to git
$ bundle commit_version

# Push to
$ gem release


Contribution directions go here.


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