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Rabbit Public Umbrella

This repository makes it easier to work on multiple RabbitMQ sub-projects at once. It is no longer a requirement for working on an individual plugin (as of the 3.6.0 cycle) thanks to

Initial Clone

After you clone the umbrella for the first time, use

make co

to clone all dependencies. They will be checked out under deps.

Dependencies (sub-projects) are named after their Erlang application names. Mostly they are self-explanatory but there are some less obvious cases for historical reasons:

  • rabbit is RabbitMQ server
  • amqp_client is RabbitMQ Erlang client (AMQP 0-9-1)
  • rabbit_common is a library shared by the above
  • rabbitmq_server_release contains release automation and packaging bits
  • rabbitmq_java_client also contains integration test suites for the server

Running RabbitMQ from Source

From deps/rabbit:

make run-broker

If you need to access log files, see under $TMPDIR/rabbit*.

Running Tests

Integration Tests

Integration tests require that you have JDK 7+ and Maven 3.x installed. To run all test suites with:

cd deps/rabbitmq_java_client
mvn verify

Full Server Tests

To run all server tests, use

cd deps/rabbit
make tests

Note that the above can take up to 45 minutes.


To run tests for a sub-project, run

make tests

from its directory.

Running RabbitMQ with Plugins

To build a package, and all its dependencies, cd into the package directory under deps and run make.

To start RabbitMQ from a plugin directory, use make run-broker.

To run a node with multiple plugins, cd into deps/rabbitmq_server_release, and run it with PLUGINS listing the plugins you need:

make run-broker PLUGINS='rabbitmq_management rabbitmq_consistent_hash_exchange'

Variables That Can Be Set When Building

The following variables can be passed on the 'make' command line in order to configure builds.

  • ERL: the Erlang 'erl' command to use, erl by default

  • ERLC: the Erlang 'erlc' command to use, erlc by default

  • TMPDIR: temporary directory for database directories, logs, etc

  • VERSION, RABBIT_VSN: the RabbitMQ version number, 0.0.0 by default


The distro-specific packaging targets are now integrated into the top-level build system. You should need to do no more than:


to build debs and rpms, along with the source and binary tarballs. If you just want to build one package, you can use the targets debian_packages, rpm_packages or java_packages in the top-level Makefile.

You need to have cdbs installed to build the Debian packages, and rpm for the Fedora packages.

The variable UNOFFICIAL_RELEASE is used to determine whether packages should be signed: if the variable is set then they will not be signed, otherwise they will be. The signing key ID is 056E8E56.

UNOFFICIAL_RELEASE is also used by the Debian target to determine changelog behaviour. If it is not set, then debian/changelog must contain an entry for the version string in <Version>. If it is set, it creates a fake changelog entry.