Scheduled Tasks

Finally, an application also has to send email notifications and do other kind of scheduled tasks. In Frappe, if you have setup the bench, the task / scheduler is setup via RQ using Redis Queue.

To add a new task handler, go to and add a new handler. Default handlers are all, hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, cron. The all handler is called every 4 minutes by default.

# Scheduled Tasks
# ---------------

scheduler_events = {
    "daily": [
    "cron": {
        "0/10 * * * *": [
        "15 18 * * *": [


How it Works

Added in 12.1

Scheduled tasks are synced into a DocType Scheduled Job Type. From here you can track its last execution and log. By default, jobs added to of type All, are not logged, but you can configure the system to log it.

The log of each exeuction is maintained in Scheduled Job Log


Here we can point to a Python function and that function will be executed every day. Let us look what this function looks like:

# Copyright (c) 2013, Frappe
# For license information, please see license.txt

from __future__ import unicode_literals
import frappe
from frappe.utils import date_diff, nowdate, format_date, add_days

def every_ten_minutes():
    # stuff to do every 10 minutes

def every_day_at_18_15():
    # stuff to do every day at 6:15pm

def daily():
    loan_period = frappe.db.get_value("Library Management Settings",
        None, "loan_period")

    overdue = get_overdue(loan_period)

    for member, items in overdue.iteritems():
        content = """<h2>Following Items are Overdue</h2>
        <p>Please return them as soon as possible</p><ol>"""

        for i in items:
            content += "<li>{0} ({1}) due on {2}</li>".format(i.article_name,
                format_date(add_days(i.transaction_date, loan_period)))

        content += "</ol>"

        recipient = frappe.db.get_value("Library Member", member, "email_id")
            subject="Library Articles Overdue", content=content, bulk=True)

def get_overdue(loan_period):
    # check for overdue articles
    today = nowdate()

    overdue_by_member = {}
    articles_transacted = []

    for d in frappe.db.sql("""select name, article, article_name,
        library_member, member_name
        from `tabLibrary Transaction`
        order by transaction_date desc, modified desc""", as_dict=1):

        if d.article in articles_transacted:

        if d.transaction_type=="Issue" and \
            date_diff(today, d.transaction_date) > loan_period:
            overdue_by_member.setdefault(d.library_member, [])

    return overdue_by_member

We can place the above code in any accessible Python module. The route is defined in, so for our purposes we would place this code in library_management/


  1. We get the loan period from Library Management Settings by using frappe.db.get_value.
  2. We run a query in the database with frappe.db.sql
  3. Email is sent via frappe.sendmail


If the system is dormant for a specified number of days in System Settings, it only executes tasks once a day to conserve computation.

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