Creating a Queue

Creating a Queue is the first step in Taskless; a Queue object is both a dispatcher of requests to the Taskless service and also a receiver of jobs when it's time to execute and run them. Because Taskless jobs are powered by Serverless Lambda functions, you only pay for the compute time you're actively using when running jobs. The easiest way to create a queue is to use one of the existing intgerations, or just include the Raw Client and create a new Queue object manually.

Using an Integration

Taskless integrations all follow the same format: import { createQueue } from "@taskless/<integration>, followed by createQueue(name, route, handler, options).

When using Next.js, you can use the createQueue method that comes bundled with @taskless/next. The returned object is a typed NextAPIHandler, decorated with Taskless methods.

// next.js
// /pages/api/example-queue
import { createQueue } from "@taskless/next";
const MyQueue = createQueue(
"example-queue", // <= The name of the queue
"/api/example-queue", // <= The URL to this API route
async (job, meta) => {
// your job handler
// queueOptions

name Defining the Queue Name

Every queue in Taskless has a name, which you can specify via your Dashboard. This name helps separate your queue traffic, providing per-queue usage, logs, and error reporting. Names of queues in Taskless are lower-case and URL safe. If you pass in a queue that doesn't match these values, Taskless will convert your queue name to a URL-safe version via the following regular expression:


route The Queue Route

Every Queue that is going to receive data from Taskless requires a routable URL. In most scenarios, you can set this value to a string minus your domain and https prefix. The value of route is combined with your process.env.TASKLESS_BASE_URL to create a final routable URL.

handler The Job Handler

handler is an asynchronous function that takes two arguments: job (your job payload) and metadata (info about the job). This is where the processing magic happens. Execute your job, call other microservices, do whatever work needs doing, and then return something useful. Taskless will capture this response and mark the job as succeeded, scheduling any followup work that needs to be done.

Throwing an error inside of handler will mark the job as failing, up to the number of retries you've specified for the job.

queueOptions Settings for the Queue

The queueOptions set both the options for the queue, as well as any default JobOptions you'd like to specify; everything from your credentials to the default number of retries you'd like. All Queue options can be set via environment variables.

interface QueueOptions {
baseUrl?: string;
separator?: string;
credentials?: {
projectId?: string;
secret?: string;
expiredSecrets?: string[];
encryptionKey?: string;
expiredEncryptionKeys?: string[];
jobOptions?: JobOptions;
__dangerouslyAllowUnverifiedSignatures?: {
allowed: boolean;

baseUrl?: string Default process.env.TASKLESS_BASE_URL ?? "" The baseUrl property tells Taskless how to construct a route to the Queue, including the protocol, domain name, and port. Most commonly, you'll set this value to something like http://localhost:3000 in development and in production.

separator?: string Default / When using arrays as a Job Identifier, this character is used to separate the namespacing of keys. NOTE: Changing the separator when there are jobs in the queue can result in enqueue() creating duplicate jobs as the ID of a job will change. In most cases, / should be good enough.

credentials.projectId?: string Default process.env.TASKLESS_ID falls back to undefined in production, 0000... in development Identifies the project to Taskless or the development server. Combined with your secret, this ensures that only you are sending and receiving traffic for your application. It's recommended to take this values from an environment variable, so that it is not committed to your codebase.

credentials.secret?: string Default process.env.TASKLESS_SECRET falls back to undefined in production, taskless.development in development Your application secret is used both to send requests to and to verify the signature of incoming webhooks. In production and when talking to, an application secret must be set. In development, a default secret is used for local testing that ensures your payloads are still signed and verified.

credentials.expiredSecrets?: string[] Default process.env.TASKLESS_PREVIOUS_SECRETS.split(",") ?? [] It is possible that your app secret may have gotten out, been committed, or caught up in a data breach. Taskless makes it straightforward to rotate your secret. Expired secrets are used to check the signing data of any incoming webhooks, but are not used to send any data back to Taskless. If defined in process.env, you can set TASKLESS_PREVIOUS_SECRETS to a comma separated set of strings and let Taskless take care of the rest.

encryptionKey?: string Default process.env.TASKLESS_ENCRYPTION_KEY ?? "" To enable end-to-end encryption, you should set the encryptionKey to a sufficiently long and protected secret value. Internally, this value will be packed down and used as the key for AES-256-GCM encryption. In the future, we may emit warnings if running in a production environment without an encryption key set.

expiredEncryptionKeys?: string[] Default process.env.TASKLESS_PREVIOUS_ENCRYPTION_KEYS.split(",") ?? [] Similar to your application secret, encryption keys can be rotated. In the event that you need to rotate your keys, you can add previous keys (comma separated) either to the environment value or directly to the Queue configuration. When attempting to decrypt payloads, the Taskless client will try all previous encryption secrets before giving up. New data sent to Taskless will always be encrypted with the new encryption key, making it safe to remove an expired key after a period of time.

jobOptions?: JobOptions Default see JobOptions Specify job options that will be applied to every job in the queue. Sensible defaults are included, but you may wish to change these (such as disabling retries or passing additional headers) with every request.

__dangerouslyAllowUnverifiedSignatures?: { allowed: boolean; }; Default undefined Allows you to explicitly allow unverified signatures. By default, the Taskless client checks the signatures of all incoming payloads against your credentials.secret and credentials.expiredSecrets values. If set, this option will disable those checks for the provided queue. When setting this flag, please be sure that you are confirming the payload's authenticity in another manner, either through request headers, IP origins, or your own signature checking system.

Taskless Environment Variables

Most options in Taskless can be represented via Environment Variables or colloquially "env" values. Env values are not committed to your repository and often contain sensitive information such as secrets. Most deployment targets including Vercel, Heroku, and Netlify all allow you to specify env values as part of your app's configuration.

Taskless recommends storing the bulk of your configuration in env values.

  • TASKLESS_ID (example: abcdef...000001) Your project's unique ID from
  • TASKLESS_SECRET (example: xgt1_aBCd612...) Your project's secret token from
  • TASKLESS_BASE_URL (example: http://localhost:1234) Defines the protocol, domain, and port for your application
  • TASKLESS_ENCRYPTION_KEY (example: alonguniquestring...) Your encryption key for end-to-end encryption
  • TASKLESS_PREVIOUS_SECRETS (example: xgt1_abc,xgt1_def) Previous application secrets, comma separated
  • TASKLESS_PREVIOUS_ENCRYPTION_KEYS (example: key1,key2...) Previous encryption keys, comma separated

Development ENV Values Additionally, the following env values may be useful in development.

  • TASKLESS_ENV (example: development) Used to override the NODE_ENV value, specifically for Taskless
  • TASKLESS_ENDPOINT (example: http://localhost:8080/api/graphql) Changes the GraphQL endpoint used by the client. When not set, Taskless will select a default URL based on the value of process.env.TASKLESS_ENV ?? process.env.NODE_ENV. Changing this value is useful if you are running the Taskless Dev Server on a different port or for sending jobs to your production Taskless instance from development. The default endpoints are:
    • development http://localhost:3001/api/graphql
    • production

Taskless also is aware of the following environment variables if set

  • CI (example 1) When set, Taskless will treat the environment as if it is development for the purposes of emitting warnings instead of throwing errors
  • SILENT (example 1) When set, Taskless will silence all warnings and logs