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1. the act of engaging in unproductive activities
2. the act of monitoring celery processes via slack

We will detail in this post how to have a slack notification when a celery task is being executed.
This is something I wrote to circumvent the blindness I had about monitoring the proper execution of tasks, as accessing the queues list with rabbitmqctl was immediatley overwhelming because of the number of tasks involved.

Here how looks notifications for tasks decorated with @slackery decorator :

First, if not done already, you must configure your celery app with dedicated settings to be able to distinguish whether a function is called from webserver or a celery process :

import socket
from myapp.settings import * # NOQA

HOSTNAME = socket.gethostname()


We can now write our decorator :

  • check first that IS_CELERY is defined
  • if so, send a message to slack channel webhook url with current time and instance hostname
from functools import wraps
from django.utils import timezone
from utils.slack import slack_notify

def slackery(fun):
    Post slack notification when celery task is executed
    def wrapper(*args, **kwargs):
        if getattr(settings, 'IS_CELERY', False):
            slack_notify('celery', '%s Executing %s' % (str(timezone.now())[:-7], fun),
        return fun(*args, **kwargs)

    return wrapper

And if you think the celery icon on the screenshot above is yummy, you can get it here.