Handling Periodic Tasks in Django with Celery and Docker

As you build and scale a Django app you'll inevitably need to run certain tasks periodically and automatically in the background.

Some examples:

  • Generating periodic reports
  • Clearing cache
  • Sending batch e-mail notifications
  • Running nightly maintenance jobs

This is one of the few pieces of functionality required for building and scaling a web app that isn't part of the Django core. Fortunately, Celery provides a powerful solution, which is fairly easy to implement called Celery Beat.

In the following article, we'll show you how to set up Django, Celery, and Redis with Docker in order to run a custom Django Admin command periodically with Celery Beat.

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