Hands on with RabbitMQ

by Alex Ionica — on



The Management plugin provides a web interface available at http://localhost:15672/#/

Command - start server

C:\Program Files (x86)\RabbitMQ Server\rabbitmq_server-3.5.1\sbin>rabbitmq-server.bat

Work/Task Queue

  • Used to distribute tasks between multiple workers.
  • Round robin dispatching
  • Message acknowledgement
  • Message durability
  • Fair dispatch


A producer never send messages to queues in RabbitMQ, it sends them to an Exchange and the exchange sends the messages to a queue (bindings).

Exchange types - direct - topic - headers - fanout


rabbitmqctl list_exchanges

Direct exchanges

Message goes to the queue whose binding key exactly matches the routing key of the message.

Topic Exchange

Direct exchanges and bindings does not allow us to do routing based on multiple criteria.


The binding is the relationship between the exchange and the queue.

Command - define binding

channel.QueueBind(queueName, "logs", "");

Command - list bindings

rabbitmqctl list_bindings

Command - specify extra routingKey parameter

channel.QueueBind(queueName, "direct_logs", "black");

How a demo might look like

  • producer: web api which pushes messages to RabbitMQ
  • consumer0: validates the message and sends the message in the processing pipeline
  • consumer1: c1 logic and based on the result moves the message to c2 or success queue
  • consumer2: c2 logic and moves message to success queue or fail queue
  • use a Smart Proxy or a Control Bus for system monitoring

Sample base consumer

Initializes connection to Rabbit MQ, receives message, fires of event for message processing and publishes another message.

public class Consumer
  private static readonly Logger _logger = LogManager.GetCurrentClassLogger();
  public event EventHandler<CanonicalModel> OnReceive;
  private IModel _exchange;

  public void Init(string incoming = "#")
    var factory = new ConnectionFactory() { HostName = "localhost" };
    using (var connection = factory.CreateConnection())
      using (_exchange = connection.CreateModel())
        _exchange.ExchangeDeclare("exchange_name", "topic");
        var queueName = _exchange.QueueDeclare().QueueName;
        _exchange.QueueBind(queueName, "queue_name", incoming);

        var consumer = new QueueingBasicConsumer(_exchange);
        _exchange.BasicConsume(queueName, true, consumer);

        while (true)
          var ea = consumer.Queue.Dequeue();
          var model = new CanonicalModel(ea.Body);

          _logger.Info(new { Time = DateTime.Now, Type = "IN", Value = "..." });

          var startTime = DateTime.Now;
          if (OnReceive != null)
            OnReceive(this, model);

          _logger.Info(new { Time = DateTime.Now, Type = "CONTROL", Value = DateTime.Now.Subtract(startTime).Milliseconds });

  public void Publish(string routingKey, CanonicalModel model)
    var json = JsonConvert.SerializeObject(model);
    var message = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(json);

    _logger.Info(new { Time = DateTime.Now, Type = "OUT", Value = "..." });
    _exchange.BasicPublish("exchange_name", routingKey, null, message);

Processing consumer

class ConsoleConsumer
  private const string SERVICENAME = "CONSUMER_FOO";
  private const string INCOMING = "foo";
  private const string OK = "success";
  private const string FAIL = "fail";
  private static Consumer _consumer;

  static void Main(string[] args)

    Console.WriteLine(" [Running] {0} ...", SERVICENAME);

    _consumer = new Consumer();
    _consumer.OnReceive += Process;


  public static void Process(object sender, CanonicalModel model)
    var result = true;
    var outRoutingKey = result ? OK : FAIL;

    _consumer.Publish(outRoutingKey, model);