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sidekiq v0.7.0

Simple, efficient job processing for Crystal

Install & Use

Add the following code to your project's shard.yml under:

dependencies to use in production
- OR -
development_dependencies to use in development

  github: mperham/


Sidekiq is a well-regarded background job framework for Ruby. Now we're bringing the awesomeness to Crystal, a Ruby-like language. Why? To give you options. Ruby is friendly and flexible but not terribly fast. Crystal is statically-typed, compiled and very fast but retains a similar syntax to Ruby.

Rough, initial benchmarks on OSX 10.11.5:

Runtime RSS Time Throughput
MRI 2.3.0 50MB 21.3 4,600 jobs/sec
MRI/hiredis 55MB 19.2 5,200 jobs/sec
Crystal 0.18.4 12MB 5.9 16,900 jobs/sec

If you have jobs which are CPU-intensive or require very high throughput, Crystal is an excellent alternative to native Ruby extensions. It compiles to a single executable so deployment is much easier than Ruby.

Getting Started

Please see the wiki for in-depth documentation and how to get started using in your own app.


If you use and like this project, please let me know. If demand warrants, I may port Sidekiq Pro and Enterprise functionality to Crystal for sale.

Help wanted

See the issues for chores and other ideas to help.

Things that do not exist and probably won't ever:

  • Support for daemonization, pidfiles, log rotation - use Upstart/Systemd
  • Delayed extensions - too dynamic for Crystal

The Ruby and Crystal versions of Sidekiq must remain data compatible in Redis. Both versions should be able to create and process jobs from each other. Their APIs are not and should not be identical but rather idiomatic to their respective languages.


Mike Perham,, @mperham / @sidekiq