DavidM DavidM - 5 months ago 64
Python Question

How do you unit test a Celery task?

The Celery documentation mentions testing Celery within Django but doesn't explain how to test a Celery task if you are not using Django. How do you do this?

Answer

It is possible to test tasks synchronously using any unittest lib out there. I normaly do 2 different test sessions when working with celery tasks. The first one (as I'm suggesting bellow) is completely synchronous and should be the one that makes sure the algorithm does what it should do. The second session uses the whole system (including the broker) and makes sure I'm not having serialization issues or any other distribution, comunication problem.

So:

from celery import Celery

celery = Celery()

@celery.task
def add(x, y):
    return x + y

And your test:

from nose.tools import eq_

def test_add_task():
    rst = add.apply(args=(4, 4)).get()
    eq_(rst, 8)

Hope that helps!

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