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

What’s new in Celery 5.4 (Opalescent)


Tomer Nosrati (tomer.nosrati at

Celery is a simple, flexible, and reliable distributed programming framework to process vast amounts of messages, while providing operations with the tools required to maintain a distributed system with python.

It’s a task queue with focus on real-time processing, while also supporting task scheduling.

Celery has a large and diverse community of users and contributors, you should come join us on IRC or our mailing-list.


Following the problems with Freenode, we migrated our IRC channel to Libera Chat as most projects did. You can also join us using Gitter.

We’re sometimes there to answer questions. We welcome you to join.

To read more about Celery you should go read the introduction.

While this version is mostly backward compatible with previous versions it’s important that you read the following section as this release is a new major version.

This version is officially supported on CPython 3.8, 3.9 & 3.10 and is also supported on PyPy3.8+.



This release contains fixes for many long standing bugs & stability issues. We encourage our users to upgrade to this release as soon as possible.

The 5.4.0 release is a new feature release for Celery.

Releases in the 5.x series are codenamed after songs of Jon Hopkins. This release has been codenamed Opalescent.

From now on we only support Python 3.8 and above. We will maintain compatibility with Python 3.8 until it’s EOL in 2024.

— Tomer Nosrati

Long Term Support Policy

We no longer support Celery 4.x as we don’t have the resources to do so. If you’d like to help us, all contributions are welcome.

Celery 5.x is not an LTS release. We will support it until the release of Celery 6.x.

We’re in the process of defining our Long Term Support policy. Watch the next “What’s New” document for updates.

Wall of Contributors


This wall was automatically generated from git history, so sadly it doesn’t not include the people who help with more important things like answering mailing-list questions.

Upgrading from Celery 4.x

Step 1: Adjust your command line invocation

Celery 5.0 introduces a new CLI implementation which isn’t completely backwards compatible.

The global options can no longer be positioned after the sub-command. Instead, they must be positioned as an option for the celery command like so:

celery --app worker

If you were using our Daemonization guide to deploy Celery in production, you should revisit it for updates.

Step 2: Update your configuration with the new setting names

If you haven’t already updated your configuration when you migrated to Celery 4.0, please do so now.

We elected to extend the deprecation period until 6.0 since we did not loudly warn about using these deprecated settings.

Please refer to the migration guide for instructions.

Step 3: Read the important notes in this document

Make sure you are not affected by any of the important upgrade notes mentioned in the following section.

You should verify that none of the breaking changes in the CLI do not affect you. Please refer to New Command Line Interface for details.

Step 4: Migrate your code to Python 3

Celery 5.x only supports Python 3. Therefore, you must ensure your code is compatible with Python 3.

If you haven’t ported your code to Python 3, you must do so before upgrading.

You can use tools like 2to3 and pyupgrade to assist you with this effort.

After the migration is done, run your test suite with Celery 4 to ensure nothing has been broken.

Step 5: Upgrade to Celery 5.4

At this point you can upgrade your workers and clients with the new version.

Important Notes

Supported Python Versions

The supported Python versions are:

  • CPython 3.8

  • CPython 3.9

  • CPython 3.10

  • PyPy3.8 7.3.11 (pypy3)

Experimental support

Celery supports these Python versions provisionally as they are not production ready yet:

  • CPython 3.11

Quality Improvements and Stability Enhancements

Celery 5.4 focuses on elevating the overall quality and stability of the project. We have dedicated significant efforts to address various bugs, enhance performance, and make improvements based on valuable user feedback.

Better Compatibility and Upgrade Confidence

Our goal with Celery 5.4 is to instill confidence in users who are currently using Celery 4 or older versions. We want to assure you that upgrading to Celery 5.4 will provide a more robust and reliable experience.

Dropped support for Python 3.7

Celery now requires Python 3.8 and above.

Python 3.7 will reach EOL in June, 2023. In order to focus our efforts we have dropped support for Python 3.6 in this version.

If you still require to run Celery using Python 3.7 you can still use Celery 5.2. However we encourage you to upgrade to a supported Python version since no further security patches will be applied for Python 3.7 after the 23th of June, 2023.


Starting from v5.4.0, the minimum required version is Kombu 5.3.


redis-py 4.5.x is the new minimum required version.


SQLAlchemy 1.4.x & 2.0.x is now supported in celery v5.4


Minimum required version is now 4.1.0

Deprecate pytz and use zoneinfo

A switch have been made to zoneinfo for handling timezone data instead of pytz.


Minimum django version is bumped to v2.2.28. Also added –skip-checks flag to bypass django core checks.