RabbitMQ & AMQP Messaging Standard


Is a cross platform messaging queue.
You can think of it as Pub/Sub on a system level as opposed to appication level.


  • Publisher: client that sends messages to a broker.
  • Message Broker: Recieves messages from Publisher (client) & routes them to an exchange
  • Exchange: Recieves messages from broker and routes them to a queue via bindings
  • Queue: collection of messages used to communicate between systems
  • Consumer: Subscribes to the queue and pulls messages

Exchanges - The middleman

AMQP entities that recieve messages sent to them via a message broker.

The purpose of an exchange is to act as a middleman between the Publisher and a queue. They route these messages to queues based on bindings. These bindings have different types depending on which type of exchange is used.

Exchange Types

  • Direct Exchange: Is where the routing key matches the queue key. Ideal if you want to publish messages onto just one queue
    "direct exchange"
  • Fanout Exchange: Routes messages to all queues bound to it. Think of this as indiscriminate broadcast.
    "fanout exchange"
  • Topic Exchange: Routes messages to queues who with a blob style matching on route keys. So in esscence, routing messages to groups of queues.You can think of this as wildcard matching.
    "topic exchange"
  • Header Exchange: One or more of the headers are used to compose a key which matches the queue.
    "header exchange"

Exchanges have a common interface that they adhere to. This consists of:

  • Name: The name of the exchange
  • Durability: Persisting the message to disk?
  • Auto-delete: Delete the message when not needed
  • Arguments: Message broker dependent

Routing Keys

Message brokers contain a default exchange which is blank routing key of " " means go to all queues. Every queue that is created is automatically bound to an exchange of the same name by the message broker
Queue name:


Messages are placed on a queue in a fifo method. Messages can be removed from a queue either when the message is sent to the consumer, or once a consumer sends and acknoledgement message back to the broker.