RabbitMQ is the most popular open source message broker. RabbitMQ is a lightweight application available for most of the popular operating systems. RabbitMQ supports multiple messaging protocols. RabbitMQ can be easily deployed in a distributed and federated configurations to meet high-scale, high-availability requirements. This tutorial will help you to install RabbitMQ on CentOS/RHEL 7/6 and Fedora systems.

Step 1 – Install Erlang

First, use the following commands to add Erlang yum repository on RHEL based system. You can simply download Erlang repository package from its official website and install on your system.

$ wget https://packages.erlang-solutions.com/erlang-solutions-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
$ sudo rpm -Uvh erlang-solutions-1.0-1.noarch.rpm

Now, you can install Erlang package on your system using the following command. This will install all of its dependencies as well.

$ sudo yum install erlang erlang-nox

Step 2 – Install RabbitMQ Server

After installing requirements, now download the RabbitMQ rpm package as per your operating system version from its official website.

CentOS/RHEL 7 & Fedora >= 19

$ wget https://www.rabbitmq.com/releases/rabbitmq-server/v3.6.9/rabbitmq-server-3.6.9-1.el7.noarch.rpm

CentOS/RHEL 6 & Fedora

$ wget https://www.rabbitmq.com/releases/rabbitmq-server/v3.6.9/rabbitmq-server-3.6.9-1.el6.noarch.rpm

After downloading the RabbitMQ server package, import rabbitmq signing key and install it using the following commands.

$ sudo rpm --import https://www.rabbitmq.com/rabbitmq-release-signing-key.asc
$ sudo yum install rabbitmq-server-3.6.9-1.noarch.rpm

Step 3 – Manage RabbitMQ Service

After completing above installations, enable the RabbitMQ service on your system. Also, start the RabbitMQ service. Use one the below methods sysvinit for older systems or systemctl for the latest operating system.

Using Init – CentOS/RHEL 6 & Fedora

$ sudo update-rc.d rabbitmq-server defaults
$ sudo service rabbitmq-server start
$ sudo service rabbitmq-server stop

Uisng Systemctl – CentOS/RHEL 7 & Fedora >= 19

$ sudo systemctl enable rabbitmq-server
$ sudo systemctl start rabbitmq-server
$ sudo systemctl stop rabbitmq-server

Step 4 – Create Admin User in RabbitMQ

By default rabbitmq creates a user named “guest” with password “guest”. You can also create your own administrator account on RabbitMQ server using following commands. Change password with your own password.

$ sudo rabbitmqctl add_user admin password 
$ sudo rabbitmqctl set_user_tags admin administrator
$ sudo rabbitmqctl set_permissions -p / admin ".*" ".*" ".*"

Step 5 – Setup RabbitMQ Web Management Console

RabbitMQ also provides and web management console for managing the entire RabbitMQ. To enable web management console run following command on your system. The web management console helps you for managing RabbitMQ server.

$ sudo rabbitmq-plugins enable rabbitmq_management

RabbitMQ dashboard starts on port 15672. Access your server on the port to get dashboard. Use the username and password created in step 4

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After login, you will get the RabbitMQ management web interface dashboard.

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