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Stream an NSQ channel to S3
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Stream an NSQ channel to S3


  • topic: The NSQ topic to subscribe to
  • channel: An NSQ channel name to use (defaults to an automatically-generated ephemeral channel)
  • max-in-flight: The maximum number of unFinished messages to allow (effectively a flush-batch size)
  • max-in-flight-time: The maximum number of seconds to wait before flushing (in case maxInFlight is not enough)
  • lookupd-http-address: The address of an NSQLookup daemon to connect to
  • nsqd-tcp-address: A specific NSQ daemon to connect to
  • bucket-seconds: The time-bucket-size of each file you want to end up with on S3, if we don't hit bucketMessages first (eg 3600 will give you one file on S3 per-hour)
  • bucket-messages: Total number of messages to bucket (if bucketSeconds doesn't elapse first)
  • s3bucket: The S3 bucket to store the files on (eg "nsq-archive")
  • s3path: A path to store the archive files under (eg "/live-dumps")
  • awsregion: The name of the AWS region to connect to (should be the same region as your chosen S3 bucket is homed in)
  • batchmode: Which mode to run in [memory, disk, channel]
  • bufferfile: The name of a file to use as a local on-disk buffer between flushes to S3 (should be something durable)
  • extention: Extention for files on S3

Modes (current)

NSQ-to-S3 can operate in several different modes, depending on your storage and/or durability requirements:


  • Subs to NSQ
  • De-dupes in memory (map[string][bool] where string is a hash of the message payload)
  • Once max-in-flight is reached it flushes messages to disk then Finish()es them
  • After timeBucket has elapsed it stops consuming, sticks the file on S3, clears the de-dupe map and continues
  • You would be well-advised to use some kind of persistent storage (EBS for example)


As with batch-on-disk but all messages are kept in-memory between flushes to S3. If you stop the process then you will lose messages!

Modes (planned)


  • Subs to NSQ (creates a channel)
  • Waits for timeBucket to elapse
  • Pauses the channel
  • Takes all the messages off the queue, de-dupes in memory, sticks them on S3
  • Finish()es the messages
  • Unpauses the channel
  • Repeat


  • As with batch-on-disk but syncs to S3 every x seconds
  • Either overwrites the same file on S3, or piles up new ones
  • At the end of the time-bucket the interim files are removed from S3


Consuming a topic, buffering on disk, flushing in-flight at 1000 messages, flushing to S3 every 5 minutes:

nsq-to-s3 -s3bucket=nsq-archive -topic=firehose -channel='nsq-to-s3#ephemeral' -lookupd-http-address= -s3path=/live-dumps/firehose -awsregion=eu-west-1 -bucket-seconds=300 -max-in-flight=1000 -batchmode=disk

Bugs (current)

  • Dupes can still occur around flush boundaries
  • The timer for flushing to S3 is based on events arriving (not on absolute time). This means that he filenames/numbers will creep (just being pedantic)
  • Should optionally compress files for S3

Bugs (fixed)

  • User can specify a non-existent AWS region
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