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This repository contains source code for content.

All changes that need to be deployed right away need to be committed to the live branch.

Changes which should be deployed when the next patch release (a.k.a. stable) of RabbitMQ ships should be committed to the stable branch.

Changes which should be deployed when the next minor release (a.k.a. main) of RabbitMQ ships should be committed to the main branch.


There are a few noteworthy and long-lived named branches in this repository:

Branch Description
live The current version of the website. This must represent whatever's deployed to
stable Changes to the website that will correspond to the next point (maintenance) release of RabbitMQ. This gets merged into live when a patch release occurs.
main Changes to the website that will correspond to the next minor release of RabbitMQ. Periodically deployed to This gets merged into stable and then live when a minor release occurs.

Development environment

Running a Local Copy

The site requires Python 3.6 or later, lxml and Markdown libraries for development. It also assumes Apache 2.x is used for deployment. pyenv can be used to install the appropriate Python version without affecting the system version(s).

When using OS native package managers be aware that Python packages can be out-of-date.

On MacOS

On a recent MacOS version with Homebrew it should be enough to run

make preview

to install the dependencies and run a local copy on localhost:8191

It is also possible to install the dependencies manually:

brew install python
pip install lxml markdown

Using the system Python, dependencies must be installed differently:

sudo easy_install pip
sudo pip install lxml markdown

To run a local copy manually on localhost:8191, use:


To run a local copy of the "next" version of the site (usually only relevant for main and documentation work for the next feature release):

./ next

On Debian-based Linux

On Debian and Ubuntu dependencies can be installed via apt:

sudo apt-get install python3-lxml python3-markdown python3-pygments

To run a local copy manually on localhost:8191, use:

./ [www|next|previous]

Run in a python virtual environment

Use Python virtual environment to avoid global libraries.

python3 -m venv .venv
source .venv/bin/activate
pip install lxml markdown
/ [www|next|previous]

Limitations of Local Copy

Note that when running a local copy the site will not feature:

  • Any release artefacts (such as Web versions of the man pages)
  • The blog


The website also has the concept of being deployed in modes. The three modes are:

Mode Description
www This is the "normal" mode. You would normally deploy from the live branch with this mode.
next This is the mode for This mode has the home page and download page chopped down, no blog or search, and a watermark. You would normally deploy from the main branch with this mode.
previous For The website is reduced in the same way as "next", but this mode is meant for previous releases rather than future releases.

You determine which mode you are using with an argument to the driver or deploy scripts. Modes are implemented with the <x:modal/> tag and the $page-mode variable in XSLT.

Tutorial Charts (Diagrams) is a script that generates PNGs from graph descriptions embedded in files. Generally, you don't need to run this, since the generated PNGs are committed. To work on the diagrams please install Graphviz:

sudo apt-get install graphviz

Generating the Atom Feed

To generate the site/news.atom feed, run the following command:

xsltproc --novalid site/feed-atom.xsl site/news.xml > site/news.atom

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