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Asynchronous server message push (received via ServerSentEvents, SSE) using RabbitMQ and discrete client queues.

 ┌───────────┐              ┌─     optional    ─┐                     ┌─────────────┐
 │  client   ├── queue A ─> │   ┌───────────┐   │   ╔═════════════╗   │ AMQP broker │
 │ [browser] │<─── SSE ──── │ <─┤           ├─> │ <─╢             ║<─>│ [RabbitMQ]  │
 └───────────┘              │   │ rev proxy │   │   ║    mqsse    ║   └──────┬──────┘
 ┌───────────┐              │   │  [nginx]  │   │   ║ [this tool] ║   ┌──────┴──────┐
 │  client   │<─── SSE ──── │ <─┤           ├─> │ <─╢             ║<─>│ AMQP broker │
 │ [browser] ├── queue B ─> │   └───────────┘   │   ╚═════════════╝   │ [RabbitMQ]  │
 └───────────┘              └─                 ─┘          .          └──────┬──────┘
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This service will consume text messages from a broker via AMQP (tested with RabbitMQ) and deliver them to a requesting HTTP client.


Pull (or download) the stable branch to get the most recent stable version. Do not use the master branch in production as it may contain junk.

# pull the repo
git clone

# inherently use the 'stable' branch!
cd mqsse && git checkout stable

# create custom configuration file
cp config.yml-dist config.yml

Review and adjust the settings in the newly created config.yml configuration file and continue with ...

make docker
docker run -d -p 2069:2069 mqsse/mqsse

The final docker image is based on an Alpine Linux and will be < 10 MB in size.


The configuration file is config.yml. The mqsse service will look up in following locations in the given order:

  • /etc/mqsse/config.yml
  • <PATH_OF_MQSSE_BINARY>/config.yml

Entries from subsequent configuration sources will overwrite existing values. When a configuration file is not provided at all, mqsse will fall back to its defaults - and this is not what you want. Use ./mqsse -c to dump the current set up, which may look like follows:



The server.address entry denotes the TCP address of the listening mqsse service. As the service must not run as root, the listening port should be >= 1024.


    - amqp://guest:guest@ # channelMax 2047
    - amqp://guest:guest@ # channelMax 2047
    - amqp://guest:guest@ # channelMax 2047

List of URLs that address the message broker nodes.

It is legal to repeat the same broker URL multiple times as each node connection can not exceed 2047 distinct communication channels (or clients).


  pattern: ${query:id}
  expire:  1800

These are the queue name pattern and the expiration of the queue in seconds. The queue name is generated from the clients request to the mqsse endpoint as denoted by the queue.pattern:

  • ${query:id} - will extract the id from the query part of the request.
  • ${cookie:sid} - will extract the sid (here session ID) from the request Cookie header.
  • queue-${query:id}-${cookie:sid}-name - will do all above and concatenate the result.

When a queue with the requested name does not yet exist in the broker queue pool, it will be created. When a queue exceed its queue.expire limit without having a consumer connected, it will be dropped from the broker queue pool.

Simultaneous access to a particular queue will lead to a HTTP status 503 (Service Unavailable) response for all clients except for the first one.


    Access-Control-Allow-Origin:  '*'
    Access-Control-Allow-Methods: GET, OPTIONS
    Access-Control-Allow-Headers: Content-Type, Accept, Cache-Control
    Content-Type:      text/event-stream; charset=utf-8
    Cache-Control:     no-cache
    Transfer-Encoding: identity
    X-Accel-Buffering: no

HTTP response headers for the CORS mechanism and SSE requests.

Runtime metrics

A running mqsse service exposes the expvar runtime monitoring information under /debug/vars.


MIT - © dtg [at] lengo [dot] org

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