AMQP 0.9.1 client with RabbitMQ extensions

Understand the AMQP 0.9.1 messaging model by reviewing these links first. Much of the terminology in this library directly relates to AMQP concepts.



Most other broker clients publish to queues, but in AMQP, clients publish Exchanges instead. AMQP is programmable, meaning that both the producers and consumers agree on the configuration of the broker, instead requiring an operator or system configuration that declares the logical topology in the broker. The routing between producers and consumer queues is via Bindings. These bindings form the logical topology of the broker.

In this library, a message sent from publisher is called a "Publishing" and a message received to a consumer is called a "Delivery". The fields of Publishings and Deliveries are close but not exact mappings to the underlying wire format to maintain stronger types. Many other libraries will combine message properties with message headers. In this library, the message well known properties are strongly typed fields on the Publishings and Deliveries, whereas the user defined headers are in the Headers field.

The method naming closely matches the protocol's method name with positional parameters mapping to named protocol message fields. The motivation here is to present a comprehensive view over all possible interactions with the server.

Generally, methods that map to protocol methods of the "basic" class will be elided in this interface, and "select" methods of various channel mode selectors will be elided for example Channel.Confirm and Channel.Tx.

The library is intentionally designed to be synchronous, where responses for each protocol message are required to be received in an RPC manner. Some methods have a noWait parameter like Channel.QueueDeclare, and some methods are asynchronous like Channel.Publish. The error values should still be checked for these methods as they will indicate IO failures like when the underlying connection closes.

Asynchronous Events

Clients of this library may be interested in receiving some of the protocol messages other than Deliveries like basic.ack methods while a channel is in confirm mode.

The Notify* methods with Connection and Channel receivers model the pattern of asynchronous events like closes due to exceptions, or messages that are sent out of band from an RPC call like basic.ack or basic.flow.

Any asynchronous events, including Deliveries and Publishings must always have a receiver until the corresponding chans are closed. Without asynchronous receivers, the sychronous methods will block.

Use Case

It's important as a client to an AMQP topology to ensure the state of the broker matches your expectations. For both publish and consume use cases, make sure you declare the queues, exchanges and bindings you expect to exist prior to calling Channel.Publish or Channel.Consume.

// Connections start with amqp.Dial() typically from a command line argument
// or environment variable.
connection, err := amqp.Dial(os.Getenv("AMQP_URL"))

// To cleanly shutdown by flushing kernel buffers, make sure to close and
// wait for the response.
defer connection.Close()

// Most operations happen on a channel.  If any error is returned on a
// channel, the channel will no longer be valid, throw it away and try with
// a different channel.  If you use many channels, it's useful for the
// server to
channel, err := connection.Channel()

// Declare your topology here, if it doesn't exist, it will be created, if
// it existed already and is not what you expect, then that's considered an
// error.

// Use your connection on this topology with either Publish or Consume, or
// inspect your queues with QueueInspect.  It's unwise to mix Publish and
// Consume to let TCP do its job well.

SSL/TLS - Secure connections

When Dial encounters an amqps:// scheme, it will use the zero value of a tls.Config. This will only perform server certificate and host verification.

Use DialTLS when you wish to provide a client certificate (recommended), include a private certificate authority's certificate in the cert chain for server validity, or run insecure by not verifying the server certificate dial your own connection. DialTLS will use the provided tls.Config when it encounters an amqps:// scheme and will dial a plain connection when it encounters an amqp:// scheme.

SSL/TLS in RabbitMQ is documented here:

+build gofuzz

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