Delete finished jobs

Delete jobs on completion

By passing an extra parameter, you can make workers automatically delete jobs right when they are finished:

app = procrastinate.App(worker_defaults={"delete_jobs": "always"})
# or when launching a worker:

With always, every finished job will be deleted on completion. Other options are:

  • successful to only delete successful jobs and keep failed jobs in the database until explicit deletion.

  • never to keep every job in the database, this is the default.

You can also do this from the CLI:

procrastinate worker --delete-jobs=always

Delete older jobs

You may want to clean your database by deleting old jobs. Procrastinate exposes a builtin task which lets you do just that. Note that jobs and linked events will be irreversibly removed from the database when running this task.

From the CLI

$ procrastinate defer builtin:procrastinate.builtin_tasks.remove_old_jobs max_hours=72

For more information about this task’s parameter, see remove_old_jobs()

If you launch remove_old_jobs from a cron you may want to avoid inserting a new job when there is one already waiting in the queue. You can rely on a queueing locks for that:

$ procrastinate defer --queueing-lock=remove_old_jobs --ignore-already-enqueued \
    procrastinate_builtin_tasks.remove_old_jobs max_hours=72

See also Launch a task periodically for related information.

In Python code

Import the following module:

from procrastinate import builtin_tasks



You can access the builtin task through procrastinate.builtin_tasks. The parameters are the same than when accessing the task through the CLI.

For example, to use a queueing lock:

deferrer = builtin_tasks.remove_old_jobs.configure(queueing_lock="remove_old_jobs")

The call to defer will raise an AlreadyEnqueued exception if there already is a “remove_old_jobs” job waiting in the queue, which you may want to catch and ignore.

As mentioned in the previous section you may want to run remove_old_jobs periodically. For that you may use a Unix cron, or rely on Procrastinate’s “periodic tasks” functionality. This is how you can make remove_old_jobs periodic:

@app.periodic(cron="0 4 * * *")
@app.task(queueing_lock="remove_old_jobs", pass_context=True)
async def remove_old_jobs(context, timestamp):
    return await builtin_tasks.remove_old_jobs(

With this you define your own remove_old_jobs task, which relies on Procrastinate’s builtin remove_old_jobs task function. The task is periodic, and configured to be deferred every day at 4 am.