RabbitMQ is an implementation of AMQP, the emerging standard for high
performance enterprise messaging. The RabbitMQ server is a robust and
scalable implementation of an AMQP broker.


RabbitMQ is an implementation of AMQP, the emerging standard for high performance enterprise messaging.

The RabbitMQ server is a robust and scalable implementation of an AMQP broker.

This charm deploys RabbitMQ server and provides AMQP connectivity to clients.


To deploy this charm:

juju deploy rabbitmq-server

deploying multiple units will form a native RabbitMQ cluster:

juju deploy -n 3 rabbitmq-server
juju config rabbitmq-server min-cluster-size=3

To make use of AMQP services, simply relate other charms that support the rabbitmq interface:

juju add-relation rabbitmq-server nova-cloud-controller


When more than one unit of the charm is deployed the charm will bring up a
native RabbitMQ cluster. The process of clustering the units together takes
some time. Due to the nature of asynchronous hook execution it is possible
client relationship hooks may be executed before the cluster is complete.
In some cases, this can lead to client charm errors.

To guarantee client relation hooks will not be executed until clustering is
completed use the min-cluster-size configuration setting:

juju deploy -n 3 rabbitmq-server
juju config rabbitmq-server min-cluster-size=3

When min-cluster-size is not set the charm will still cluster, however,
there are no guarantees client relation hooks will not execute before it is

Single unit deployments behave as expected.

Configuration: SSL

Generate an unencrypted RSA private key for the servers and a certificate:

openssl genrsa -out rabbit-server-privkey.pem 2048

Get an X.509 certificate. This can be self-signed, for example:

openssl req -batch -new -x509 -key rabbit-server-privkey.pem -out rabbit-server-cert.pem -days 10000

Deploy the service:

juju deploy rabbitmq-server

Enable SSL, passing in the key and certificate as configuration settings:

juju set rabbitmq-server ssl_enabled=True ssl_key="`cat rabbit-server-privkey.pem`" ssl_cert="`cat rabbit-server-cert.pem`"

Configuration: source

To change the source that the charm uses for packages:

juju set rabbitmq-server source="cloud:precise-icehouse"

This will enable the Icehouse pocket of the Cloud Archive (which contains a new version of RabbitMQ) and upgrade the install to the new version.

The source option can be used in a few different ways:

source="ppa:james-page/testing" - use the testing PPA owned by james-page
source="http://myrepo/ubuntu main" - use the repository located at the provided URL

The charm also supports use of arbitrary archive key's for use with private repositories:

juju set rabbitmq-server key="C6CEA0C9"

Note that in clustered configurations, the upgrade can be a bit racey as the services restart and re-cluster; this is resolvable using (with Juju version < 2.0) :

juju resolved --retry rabbitmq-server/1

Or using the following command with Juju 2.0 and above:

juju resolved rabbitmq-server/1

Network Spaces support

This charm supports the use of Juju Network Spaces, allowing the charm to be bound to network space configurations managed directly by Juju. This is only supported with Juju 2.0 and above.

The amqp relation can be bound to a specific network space, allowing client connections to be routed over specific networks:

juju deploy rabbitmq-server --bind "amqp=internal-space"

alternatively this can also be provided as part of a juju native bundle configuration:

  charm: cs:xenial/rabbitmq-server
  num_units: 1
    amqp: internal-space

NOTE: Spaces must be configured in the underlying provider prior to attempting to use them.

NOTE: Existing deployments using the access-network configuration option will continue to function; this option is preferred over any network space binding provided if set.

Contact Information

Author: OpenStack Charmers


(string) private unencrypted key in base64 PEM format (starts "-----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY-----")
(string) Network Interface where to place the Virtual IP
(boolean) By default, without pairing with hacluster charm, rabbitmq will deploy in active/active/active... HA. When pairied with hacluster charm, it will deploy as active/passive. By enabling this option, pairing with hacluster charm will keep rabbit in active/active setup, but in addition it will deploy a VIP that can be used by services that cannot work with mutiple AMQPs (like Glance in pre-Icehouse).
(string) Cron schedule used to generate rabbitmq stats. If unset no stats will be generated
*/5 * * * *
(string) The IP address and netmask of the 'access' network (e.g., . This network will be used for access to RabbitMQ messaging services.
(string) Virtual IP to use to front rabbitmq in ha configuration
(boolean) enable the management plugin
(string) RabbitMQ offers three ways to deal with network partitions automatically. Available modes: ignore - Your network is reliable. All your nodes are in a rack, connected with a switch, and that switch is also the route to the outside world. You don't want to run any risk of any of your cluster shutting down if any other part of it fails (or you have a two node cluster). pause_minority - Your network is maybe less reliable. You have clustered across 3 AZs in EC2, and you assume that only one AZ will fail at once. In that scenario you want the remaining two AZs to continue working and the nodes from the failed AZ to rejoin automatically and without fuss when the AZ comes back. autoheal - Your network may not be reliable. You are more concerned with continuity of service than with data integrity. You may have a two node cluster. For more information see
(boolean) If True, services that support it will log to syslog instead of their normal log location.
(string) The IP address and netmask of the 'cluster' network (e.g., . This network will be used for RabbitMQ to cluster.
(string) Optional configuration to support use of additional sources such as: . - ppa:myteam/ppa - cloud:precise-proposed/folsom - main . The last option should be used in conjunction with the key configuration option.
(boolean) When set to true the 'ha-mode: all' policy is applied to all the exchages that match the expression '^(?!amq\.).*'
(int) Default multicast port number that will be used to communicate between HA Cluster nodes.
(int) SSL port
(boolean) (DEPRECATED see 'ssl' config option.) enable SSL
(boolean) If True enables IPv6 support. The charm will expect network interfaces to be configured with an IPv6 address. If set to False (default) IPv4 is expected. . NOTE: these charms do not currently support IPv6 privacy extension. In order for this charm to function correctly, the privacy extension must be disabled and a non-temporary address must be configured/available on your network interface.
(string) A comma-separated list of nagios servicegroups. If left empty, the nagios_context will be used as the servicegroup
(string) List of RabbitMQ queue size check thresholds. Interpreted as YAML in format [<vhost>, <queue>, <warn>, <crit>] - ['/', 'queue1', 10, 20] - ['/', 'queue2', 200, 300] Wildcards '*' are accepted to monitor all vhosts and/or queues
[['\*', '\*', 100, 200]]
(string) Enable SSL connections on rabbitmq, valid values are 'off', 'on', 'only'. If ssl_key, ssl_cert, ssl_ca are provided then then those values will be used. Otherwise the service will act as its own certificate authority and pass its ca cert to clients. For HA or clustered rabbits ssl key/cert must be provided.
(string) Key ID to import to the apt keyring to support use with arbitary source configuration from outside of Launchpad archives or PPA's.
(string) X.509 certificate in base64 PEM format (starts "-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----")
(int) This value dictates the number of replicas ceph must make of any object it stores within the rabbitmq rbd pool. Of course, this only applies if using Ceph as a backend store. Note that once the rabbitmq rbd pool has been created, changing this value will not have any effect (although it can be changed in ceph by manually configuring your ceph cluster).
(string) Default rbd storage size to create when setting up block storage. This value should be specified in GB (e.g. 100G).
(string) Used by the nrpe-external-master subordinate charm. A string that will be prepended to instance name to set the host name in nagios. So for instance the hostname would be something like: juju-myservice-0 If you're running multiple environments with the same services in them this allows you to differentiate between them.
(string) The name that will be used to create the Ceph's RBD image with. If the image name exists in Ceph, it will be re-used and the data will be overwritten.
(string) Certificate authority cert that the cert. Optional if the ssl_cert is signed by a ca recognized by the os. Format is base64 PEM (concatenated certs if needed).
(string) Apply system hardening. Supports a space-delimited list of modules to run. Supported modules currently include os, ssh, apache and mysql.
(int) Number of tries to cluster with other units before giving up and throwing a hook error.
(int) Minimum number of units expected to exist before charm will attempt to form a rabbitmq cluster.
(string) Default network interface on which HA cluster will bind to communication with the other members of the HA Cluster.
(int) Netmask that will be used for the Virtual IP