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Riak RabbitMQ commit hooks
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Riak RabbitMQ postcommit hook

This is a postcommit hook that sends entries into a RabbitMQ broker using the Erlang AMQP client.

You set this module/function as your postcommit hook using whatever tools you're used to. Your bucket properties should look something like this:

    ... other props ...


To install from the binary (compiled with Erlang R14B03), download the tar.gz file. cd into the Riak lib directory. For example, Homebrew users on a Mac would:

cd /usr/local/Cellar/riak/1.0.0/libexec/lib
tar -zxvf $HOME/Downloads/riak_rabbitmq-0.1.4-R14B03.tar.gz

This should give you three new directories alongside riak_kv-1.0.0 and the other libraries:


You can also clone the source, build, and then symlink the required dependencies into your Riak install:

git clone git://
cd riak-rabbitmq-commit-hooks
./rebar get-deps
[...wait for a long time while spidermonkey builds...]
ln -s $BUILD_DIR riak_rabbitmq-0.1.4
ln -s $BUILD_DIR/deps/amqp_client amqp_client-2.6.1
ln -s $BUILD_DIR/deps/rabbit_common rabbit_common-2.6.1

Either of these install methods should expose the module and the right dependencies to your Riak server.


To tell the commit hook where to send your entry in the form of an AMQP message, you can pass special metadata properties to influence the commit hook's behaviour. The list of acceptable properties is pretty self-explanatory:

  • X-Riak-Meta-Amqp-Exchange
  • X-Riak-Meta-Amqp-Routing-Key
  • X-Riak-Meta-Amqp-Host
  • X-Riak-Meta-Amqp-Port
  • X-Riak-Meta-Amqp-Vhost
  • X-Riak-Meta-Amqp-User
  • X-Riak-Meta-Amqp-Password

Alternatively, you can specify settings for an entire bucket by setting these metadata headers on an empty document at the key AMQP-Meta in the bucket you want to configure.

This allows you to route entries in an entire bucket to specific RabbitMQ servers without your publisher having to know this information ahead of time.

Ignore Flag

If you don't want a particular entry in a RabbitMQ-enabled bucket to actually be sent out (like if you're updating the AMQP-Meta entry), then set a metadata header with the name X-Riak-Meta-Amqp-Ignore to the string "true". The postcommit hook will see this flag and not actually send any message.

Deleted Entries

If the update operation is a DELETE, the postcommit hook will set an AMQP message header named X-Riak-Deleted to "true". This way your application can distinguish between updates and deletes.

This utility is Apache licensed, just like Riak.

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