Enqueueing Jobs

The enqueue() method is the primary way to add a job to Taskless. When you call enqueue(), your payload is encrypted e2e, signed with your Taskless Secret, and sent for later processing. The general format of an enqueue call is:

import MyQueue from "your/queue/location";
await MyQueue.enqueue(
// payload
// options

Job Identifiers

Jobs in Taskless are identified by their name property. Names are considered unique to the queue and are case & space sensitive.

Once created, you cannot change the name of an existing job. Sending a Job to Taskless with a new name will create a new Job. In most circumstances, this is perfectly ok, as the job history for the prior job is still maintained, just under the previous identifier.

Job Payloads

Job payloads are typically JS Objects, though any payload that can be stringified can be used instead. If you'd like to use an alternate library such as superjson, it's recommended to simply create this as a key for your payload.

import superjson from "superjson";
const payload = {
superjson: superjson.stringify({ date: new Date(0) }),

Job Options

type JobOptions = {
enabled?: boolean;
headers?: JobHeaders;
retries?: number;
runAt?: string | null;
runEvery?: string | null;
interface JobHeaders extends OutgoingHttpHeaders {
"x-taskless-application"?: string;
"x-taskless-organization"?: string;
"x-taskless-attempt"?: string;

JobOptions control the behavior of a job and are managed separate from the Job's payload. Unless set, all values have a sensible default. When updating a job via enqueue() or update(), you may optionally set some values to null to clear a field entirely.

enabled?: boolean Default: true Determines if the job is enabled.

headers?: JobHeaders Default: { "content-type": "application/json" } A set of OutgoingHttpHeaders, with additional typings reserved for the Taskless webhook, prefixed by x-taskless-.

retries?: number Default: 5 A number of tries to attempt calling the webhook. When a non-200 status is retrieved and retries remain, the job will be attempted again after a backoff period.

runAt?: string | null Default: null An ISO-8601 Timestamp of when the job should be executed. A value of null will be interpreted as a request to run the job immediately. When working with ISO-8601 dates, we recommend the luxon library thanks to its complete ISO-8601 support and the ability to transition seamlessly between JS date objects and the ISO format. There's more in the luxon docs than we're going to cover here, but these are some useful statements to generate specific runAt values:

luxon statementExample value
DateTime.fromJSDate(new Date()).toISO()2022-05-20T11:15:12.173-03:00

Because Taskless is aware of Timezones, it is always useful to set your runAt in the ideal timezone you wish to run with. When a job is scheduled across a time change such as Daylight Savings Time, Taskless will do the right thing and ensure that your execution time is correct both before and after the switch.

runEvery?: string | null Default: null An ISO-8601 Duration or a 5-segment crontab expression that describes how long to wait between jobs. Generally, ISO-8601 durations are a more useful format than traditional crons, as they are calendar aware. That is, a duration of P1M represents 1 month, regardless of if the month is Febuary or July. Here are some sample runAt and runEvery values that show the power of ISO Durations.

runAtrunEverynextnext + 1

timezone?: string Default: undefined Allows you to specify an IANA Timezone for this job. When jobs have their runEvery value set, Taskless will use the timezone when calculating the next execution.