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Official rabbitmq plugin for dokku. Currently defaults to installing rabbitmq 3.6.5-management.


  • dokku 0.4.x+
  • docker 1.8.x


# on 0.4.x+
sudo dokku plugin:install https://github.com/dokku/dokku-rabbitmq.git rabbitmq


rabbitmq:app-links <app>          List all rabbitmq service links for a given app
rabbitmq:backup <name> <bucket> (--use-iam) NOT IMPLEMENTED
rabbitmq:backup-auth <name> <aws_access_key_id> <aws_secret_access_key> (<aws_default_region>) (<aws_signature_version>) (<endpoint_url>) NOT IMPLEMENTED
rabbitmq:backup-deauth <name>     NOT IMPLEMENTED
rabbitmq:backup-schedule <name> <schedule> <bucket> NOT IMPLEMENTED
rabbitmq:backup-schedule-cat <name> NOT IMPLEMENTED
rabbitmq:backup-set-encryption <name> <encryption_key> NOT IMPLEMENTED
rabbitmq:backup-unschedule <name> NOT IMPLEMENTED
rabbitmq:backup-unset-encryption <name> NOT IMPLEMENTED
rabbitmq:clone <name> <new-name>  NOT IMPLEMENTED
rabbitmq:connect <name>           NOT IMPLEMENTED
rabbitmq:create <name>            Create a rabbitmq service with environment variables
rabbitmq:destroy <name>           Delete the service, delete the data and stop its container if there are no links left
rabbitmq:enter <name> [command]   Enter or run a command in a running rabbitmq service container
rabbitmq:exists <service>         Check if the rabbitmq service exists
rabbitmq:export <name> > <file>   NOT IMPLEMENTED
rabbitmq:expose <name> [port]     Expose a rabbitmq service on custom port if provided (random port otherwise)
rabbitmq:import <name> <file>     NOT IMPLEMENTED
rabbitmq:info <name>              Print the connection information
rabbitmq:link <name> <app>        Link the rabbitmq service to the app
rabbitmq:linked <name> <app>      Check if the rabbitmq service is linked to an app
rabbitmq:list                     List all rabbitmq services
rabbitmq:logs <name> [-t]         Print the most recent log(s) for this service
rabbitmq:promote <name> <app>     Promote service <name> as RABBITMQ_URL in <app>
rabbitmq:restart <name>           Graceful shutdown and restart of the rabbitmq service container
rabbitmq:start <name>             Start a previously stopped rabbitmq service
rabbitmq:stop <name>              Stop a running rabbitmq service
rabbitmq:unexpose <name>          Unexpose a previously exposed rabbitmq service
rabbitmq:unlink <name> <app>      Unlink the rabbitmq service from the app
rabbitmq:upgrade <name>           Upgrade service <service> to the specified version


# create a rabbitmq service named lolipop
dokku rabbitmq:create lolipop

# you can also specify the image and image
# version to use for the service
# it *must* be compatible with the
# official rabbitmq image
export RABBITMQ_IMAGE="rabbitmq"
dokku rabbitmq:create lolipop

# you can also specify custom environment
# variables to start the rabbitmq service
# in semi-colon separated form
dokku rabbitmq:create lolipop

# get connection information as follows
dokku rabbitmq:info lolipop

# you can also retrieve a specific piece of service info via flags
dokku rabbitmq:info lolipop --config-dir
dokku rabbitmq:info lolipop --data-dir
dokku rabbitmq:info lolipop --dsn
dokku rabbitmq:info lolipop --exposed-ports
dokku rabbitmq:info lolipop --id
dokku rabbitmq:info lolipop --internal-ip
dokku rabbitmq:info lolipop --links
dokku rabbitmq:info lolipop --service-root
dokku rabbitmq:info lolipop --status
dokku rabbitmq:info lolipop --version

# a bash prompt can be opened against a running service
# filesystem changes will not be saved to disk
dokku rabbitmq:enter lolipop

# you may also run a command directly against the service
# filesystem changes will not be saved to disk
dokku rabbitmq:enter lolipop ls -lah /

# a rabbitmq service can be linked to a
# container this will use native docker
# links via the docker-options plugin
# here we link it to our 'playground' app
# NOTE: this will restart your app
dokku rabbitmq:link lolipop playground

# the following environment variables will be set automatically by docker (not
# on the app itself, so they won’t be listed when calling dokku config)
# and the following will be set on the linked application by default
#   RABBITMQ_URL=amqp://lolipop:SOME_PASSWORD@dokku-rabbitmq-lolipop:5672/lolipop
# NOTE: the host exposed here only works internally in docker containers. If
# you want your container to be reachable from outside, you should use `expose`.

# another service can be linked to your app
dokku rabbitmq:link other_service playground

# since DATABASE_URL is already in use, another environment variable will be
# generated automatically
#   DOKKU_RABBITMQ_BLUE_URL=amqp://other_service:ANOTHER_PASSWORD@dokku-rabbitmq-other-service:5672/other_service

# you can then promote the new service to be the primary one
# NOTE: this will restart your app
dokku rabbitmq:promote other_service playground

# this will replace RABBITMQ_URL with the url from other_service and generate
# another environment variable to hold the previous value if necessary.
# you could end up with the following for example:
#   RABBITMQ_URL=amqp://other_service:ANOTHER_PASSWORD@dokku-rabbitmq-other-service:5672/other_service
#   DOKKU_RABBITMQ_BLUE_URL=amqp://other_service:ANOTHER_PASSWORD@dokku-rabbitmq-other-service:5672/other_service
#   DOKKU_RABBITMQ_SILVER_URL=amqp://lolipop:SOME_PASSWORD@dokku-rabbitmq-lolipop:5672/lolipop

# you can also unlink a rabbitmq service
# NOTE: this will restart your app and unset related environment variables

# you can tail logs for a particular service
dokku rabbitmq:logs lolipop
dokku rabbitmq:logs lolipop -t # to tail

# finally, you can destroy the container
dokku rabbitmq:destroy lolipop

Changing database adapter

It's possible to change the protocol for DATABASE_URL by setting the environment variable RABBITMQ_DATABASE_SCHEME on the app:

dokku config:set playground RABBITMQ_DATABASE_SCHEME=amqp2
dokku rabbitmq:link lolipop playground

Will cause RABBITMQ_URL to be set as amqp2://dokku-rabbitmq-other-service:5672/0

CAUTION: Changing RABBITMQ_DATABASE_SCHEME after linking will cause dokku to believe the rabbitmq is not linked when attempting to use dokku rabbitmq:unlink or dokku rabbitmq:promote. You should be able to fix this by

  • Changing RABBITMQ_URL manually to the new value.


  • Set RABBITMQ_DATABASE_SCHEME back to its original setting
  • Unlink the service
  • Change RABBITMQ_DATABASE_SCHEME to the desired setting
  • Relink the service

Disabling docker pull calls

If you wish to disable the docker pull calls that the plugin triggers, you may set the RABBITMQ_DISABLE_PULL environment variable to true. Once disabled, you will need to pull the service image you wish to deploy as shown in the stderr output.

Please ensure the proper images are in place when docker pull is disabled.