Anconia Anconia - 8 days ago 4
Python Question

Celery with Flask and Flask-SQLAlchemy cannot update a database record

I'm creating a background celery task with Flask and Flask-SQLAlchemy to update a property of a database record. I am using the recommended documentation for the celery config and this is a simplified version of my code:

from flask import Flask
from celery import Celery

def make_celery(app):
celery = Celery(app.import_name, broker=app.config['CELERY_BROKER_URL'])
TaskBase = celery.Task
class ContextTask(TaskBase):
abstract = True
def __call__(self, *args, **kwargs):
with app.app_context():
return TaskBase.__call__(self, *args, **kwargs)
celery.Task = ContextTask
return celery

app = Flask(__name__)

celery = make_celery(app)

class Stuff(db.Model):
id = db.Column(db.Integer, primary_key=True)
processed = db.Column(db.Boolean)

def process_stuff(stuff_id):
stuff = Stuff.query.get(stuff_id)
print("stuff.processed 1: {}".format(stuff.processed))
stuff.processed = True
print("stuff.processed 2: {}".format(stuff.processed))
print("stuff.processed 3: {}".format(stuff.processed))

def do_process_stuff(id):
stuff = Stuff.query.get_or_404(id)
return redirect(url_for("now_wait"))

And this is the output from the print statements:

[2017-07-11 07:32:01,281: WARNING/PoolWorker-4] stuff.processed 1: False
[2017-07-11 07:32:01,282: WARNING/PoolWorker-4] stuff.processed 2: False
[2017-07-11 07:32:01,285: WARNING/PoolWorker-4] stuff.processed 3: False

I can see in my celery worker logs that the task is being picked up and completed; however, the print statements show that the
property is ALWAYS False - the print statement never shows True even after I update it manually (I've tested this outside of celery and I can update the property just fine).

There is a very similar problem here but that solution did not work for my situation

Library Versions

  • Flask 0.12.2

  • SQLAlchemy 1.1.11

  • Celery 4.0.2

  • Flask-SQLAlchemy 2.2


Additional testing shows I can create and persist newly created objects to the database - updating pre-existing objects continues to fail.


In my question, I simplified the code substantially and when doing so I changed the reserved property to processed. My actual model looks more like this:

class Stuff(db.Model):
    id = db.Column(db.Integer, primary_key=True)
    reserved = db.Column(db.Boolean)

It turns out that reserved is a function in celery, which is why the property could not be updated from my celery task. The solution was to rename the reserved property on the model.