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RabbitMQ Store Exporter Plugin

This plugin exports from RabbitMQ's internal stores all the messages it can find on disk.

The plugin must be installed and enabled, configured, and then Rabbit must be restarted. Upon restart, the plugin will activate and will export all messages it gets. After it is done, RabbitMQ will continue to boot normally. The export process can take some time, and whilst it is ongoing, RabbitMQ will not boot further.


In your rabbitmq.config, you need to add an entry for rabbitmq_store_exporter, specifying the directory to export messages to. For example, you may end up with a complete config file like:

[ {rabbit, [{hipe_compile, true}]}, {rabbitmq_store_exporter, [{directory, "/backups/rabbitmq/exported"}]} ].

Once the plugin is enabled, RabbitMQ will export all messages out to files beneath the directory "/backups/rabbitmq/exported".


Within the export directory, the file layout is as follows:

dir/ messages/ $message_id/ raw - The exact bytes RabbitMQ internally stores the message as payload - The exact bytes the client sent to RabbitMQ as the message payload. properties - An Erlang term file which contains many properties of the message including the exchange name to which the message was published, the routing keys the message was published with, amongst other details. These details, together with the payload, can be used to recreate the publication of the message. queues/ $queue_id/ $sequence_number - The smaller the file number is, the closer the corresponding message is to the head of the queue. This file is also an Erlang term file, and contains details of the message in its location within the queue. The message_id is indicated which can then be cross-referenced into the messages directory. Also indicated is whether the message has already been delivered, and whether it has been acknowledged, along with other properties such as queue-TTL, if in use.

  Note that the $queue_id cannot be used to compute the original
  queue name: the conversion from queue name to queue_id is lossy.

What is exported?

This plugin exports all messages it can find. This can include messages that have been already delivered and acknowledged by clients, and no attempt is made to achieve consistency. For example, there may be messages under the "messages" sub-directory, that are not referenced by any queue. These are most likely messages that have been delivered and acknowledged, but RabbitMQ has not yet run a garbage collection sweep to remove such messages from disk.

Note that this plugin runs before non-durable queues are deleted. Thus if a non-durable queue wrote messages to disk (possible under memory contention), this plugin may be able to recover the messages that were within such queues.

This plugin may create an awful lot of small files. Some filesystems do not perform particularly well for such use cases and thus the plugin may take a long time to run. There may also be a very large amount of disk space used because filesystems tend to have a minimum file size which may be substantially bigger than the files being created by this plugin. Thus the amount of disk space taken up by the files this plugin creates can be orders of magnitude more than the amount of disk space RabbitMQ internally uses to store messages.