This document describes the current stable version of Celery (5.4). For development docs, go here.

Using Amazon SQS


For the Amazon SQS support you have to install additional dependencies. You can install both Celery and these dependencies in one go using the celery[sqs] bundle:

$ pip install "celery[sqs]"


You have to specify SQS in the broker URL:

broker_url = 'sqs://ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRST:ZYXK7NiynGlTogH8Nj+P9nlE73sq3@'

where the URL format is:


Please note that you must remember to include the @ sign at the end and encode the password so it can always be parsed correctly. For example:

from kombu.utils.url import safequote

aws_access_key = safequote("ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRST")
aws_secret_key = safequote("ZYXK7NiynG/TogH8Nj+P9nlE73sq3")

broker_url = "sqs://{aws_access_key}:{aws_secret_key}@".format(
    aws_access_key=aws_access_key, aws_secret_key=aws_secret_key,


Don’t use this setup option with django’s debug=True. It may lead to security issues within deployed django apps.

In debug mode django shows environment variables and the SQS URL may be exposed to the internet including your AWS access and secret keys. Please turn off debug mode on your deployed django application or consider a setup option described below.

The login credentials can also be set using the environment variables AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID and AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY, in that case the broker URL may only be sqs://.

If you are using IAM roles on instances, you can set the BROKER_URL to: sqs:// and kombu will attempt to retrieve access tokens from the instance metadata.



The default region is us-east-1 but you can select another region by configuring the broker_transport_options setting:

broker_transport_options = {'region': 'eu-west-1'}

See also

An overview of Amazon Web Services regions can be found here:

Visibility Timeout

The visibility timeout defines the number of seconds to wait for the worker to acknowledge the task before the message is redelivered to another worker. Also see caveats below.

This option is set via the broker_transport_options setting:

broker_transport_options = {'visibility_timeout': 3600}  # 1 hour.

The default visibility timeout is 30 minutes.

This option is used when creating the SQS queue and has no effect if using predefined queues.

Polling Interval

The polling interval decides the number of seconds to sleep between unsuccessful polls. This value can be either an int or a float. By default the value is one second: this means the worker will sleep for one second when there’s no more messages to read.

You must note that more frequent polling is also more expensive, so increasing the polling interval can save you money.

The polling interval can be set via the broker_transport_options setting:

broker_transport_options = {'polling_interval': 0.3}

Very frequent polling intervals can cause busy loops, resulting in the worker using a lot of CPU time. If you need sub-millisecond precision you should consider using another transport, like RabbitMQ <broker-amqp>, or Redis <broker-redis>.

Long Polling

SQS Long Polling is enabled by default and the WaitTimeSeconds parameter of ReceiveMessage operation is set to 10 seconds.

The value of WaitTimeSeconds parameter can be set via the broker_transport_options setting:

broker_transport_options = {'wait_time_seconds': 15}

Valid values are 0 to 20. Note that newly created queues themselves (also if created by Celery) will have the default value of 0 set for the “Receive Message Wait Time” queue property.

Queue Prefix

By default Celery won’t assign any prefix to the queue names, If you have other services using SQS you can configure it do so using the broker_transport_options setting:

broker_transport_options = {'queue_name_prefix': 'celery-'}

Predefined Queues

If you want Celery to use a set of predefined queues in AWS, and to never attempt to list SQS queues, nor attempt to create or delete them, pass a map of queue names to URLs using the predefined_queues setting:

broker_transport_options = {
    'predefined_queues': {
        'my-q': {
            'url': '',
            'access_key_id': 'xxx',
            'secret_access_key': 'xxx',

When using this option, the visibility timeout should be set in the SQS queue (in AWS) rather than via the visibility timeout option.

Back-off policy

Back-off policy is using SQS visibility timeout mechanism altering the time difference between task retries. The mechanism changes message specific visibility timeout from queue Default visibility timeout to policy configured timeout. The number of retries is managed by SQS (specifically by the ApproximateReceiveCount message attribute) and no further action is required by the user.

Configuring the queues and backoff policy:

broker_transport_options = {
    'predefined_queues': {
        'my-q': {
            'url': '',
            'access_key_id': 'xxx',
            'secret_access_key': 'xxx',
            'backoff_policy': {1: 10, 2: 20, 3: 40, 4: 80, 5: 320, 6: 640},
            'backoff_tasks': ['svc.tasks.tasks.task1']

backoff_policy dictionary where key is number of retries, and value is delay seconds between retries (i.e SQS visibility timeout) backoff_tasks list of task names to apply the above policy

The above policy:



2nd attempt

20 seconds

3rd attempt

40 seconds

4th attempt

80 seconds

5th attempt

320 seconds

6th attempt

640 seconds

STS token authentication

AWS STS authentication is supported by using the sts_role_arn and sts_token_timeout broker transport options. sts_role_arn is the assumed IAM role ARN we use to authorize our access to SQS. sts_token_timeout is the token timeout, defaults (and minimum) to 900 seconds. After the mentioned period, a new token will be created:

broker_transport_options = {
    'predefined_queues': {
        'my-q': {
            'url': '',
            'access_key_id': 'xxx',
            'secret_access_key': 'xxx',
            'backoff_policy': {1: 10, 2: 20, 3: 40, 4: 80, 5: 320, 6: 640},
            'backoff_tasks': ['svc.tasks.tasks.task1']
'sts_role_arn': 'arn:aws:iam::<xxx>:role/STSTest', # optional
'sts_token_timeout': 900 # optional


  • If a task isn’t acknowledged within the visibility_timeout, the task will be redelivered to another worker and executed.

    This causes problems with ETA/countdown/retry tasks where the time to execute exceeds the visibility timeout; in fact if that happens it will be executed again, and again in a loop.

    So you have to increase the visibility timeout to match the time of the longest ETA you’re planning to use.

    Note that Celery will redeliver messages at worker shutdown, so having a long visibility timeout will only delay the redelivery of ‘lost’ tasks in the event of a power failure or forcefully terminated workers.

    Periodic tasks won’t be affected by the visibility timeout, as it is a concept separate from ETA/countdown.

    The maximum visibility timeout supported by AWS as of this writing is 12 hours (43200 seconds):

    broker_transport_options = {'visibility_timeout': 43200}
  • SQS doesn’t yet support worker remote control commands.

  • SQS doesn’t yet support events, and so cannot be used with celery events, celerymon, or the Django Admin monitor.

  • With FIFO queues it might be necessary to set additional message properties such as MessageGroupId and MessageDeduplicationId when publishing a message.

    Message properties can be passed as keyword arguments to apply_async():

    message_properties = {
        'MessageGroupId': '<YourMessageGroupId>',
        'MessageDeduplicationId': '<YourMessageDeduplicationId>'


Multiple products in the Amazon Web Services family could be a good candidate to store or publish results with, but there’s no such result backend included at this point.


Don’t use the amqp result backend with SQS.

It will create one queue for every task, and the queues will not be collected. This could cost you money that would be better spent contributing an AWS result store backend back to Celery :)