Sidekiq- and Resque-aware process manager for your dev environment (alternative to Foreman)
Link to froman
Release 1.2.3
Unset specific rbenv variables for spawned command



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Honcho is a Sidekiq- and Resque-aware process manager.

Note: I didn't realize when I made this that there was already Honcho, a clone of Foreman in Python. Sorry for the confusion. I might end up renaming this.

Note 2: I ported this project to Rust and renamed it Froman. I'll leave this project up, but I likely won't spend any time improving it.

You can use it in place of Foreman if you need to manage several instances of Sidekiq and/or Resque and don't necessarily need them all to run at once.


We have a dozen apps all running Sidekiq (and some running Resque). In development, I don't need/want all of them running at once, so I built this.

This might be super useful if you are using Vagrant or VM for development and want to limit its RAM usage.

This is probably not useful in a production environment. But, let me know if you think it is!


  • Watches Redis and only starts Sidekiq/Resque processes when there is work to be done
  • Spins down inactive Sidekiq/Resque processes
  • Sends TERM signal to child processes so they shut down properly
  • Saves memory

#Configure and Run

Honcho is configured with a honcho.yml file like this:

command_template: "bash -c \"eval \\\"\\$(rbenv init -)\\\" && rbenv shell \\$(cat .ruby-version) && %s\""
    path: ../check-ins
      namespace: check-ins-sidekiq-development
      command: bundle exec sidekiq
    path: ../services
      namespace: planning_center_development
      command: bundle exec resque-pool --environment development
      namespace: services-development.sidekiq
      command: bundle exec sidekiq

namespace is the Redis namespace to monitor for jobs.

Install Honcho:

gem install honcho

Run Honcho:


#To Do

  • [ ] make the command template configurable via the command line
  • [x] allow specifying path to config file via command line
  • [ ] maybe autodetect rbenv and simplify the command_template as a result

Copyright Tim Morgan, Licensed MIT.