SwiftMQ AMQP Router

The SwiftMQ AMQP Router is a light weight message broker that supports AMQP 1.0 and AMQP 0.9.1. It is offered free of charge.

Functionality (Swiftlets)

SwiftMQ AMQP Router contains the following Swiftlets (click on the links to view the online documentation):

Distribution Content

Directory Content
config Router configuration file
doc Documentation
jars jar Files
kernel Kernel Swiftlets
log Log files
scripts Start scripts in Unix and Windows format
store Persistent message store
trace Trace directory

Starting SwiftMQ AMQP Router

Go to the "scripts" directory and switch to the subfolder that matches your platform. Then run the Router startup script as follows:


If you use Java 9 or higher, add "java9" as the first parameter (since 11.2.0):

    ./router java9

The router is now up, running and ready to serve AMQP connections on port 5671 (SSL) and 5672.

Administration with SwiftMQ Explorer

SwiftMQ Explorer is SwiftMQ's graphical administration tool to manage a Router. SwiftMQ AMQP Router contains a version of SwiftMQ Explorer that connects via AMQP 1.0.

To start SwiftMQ Explorer, perform a


from the platform subfolder of the "scripts" directory. As username/password press the return key (anonymous) or use "admin", password "secret".

If you use Java 9 or higher, add "java9" as the first parameter (since 11.2.0):

    ./exploreramqp java9

The AMQP-URL has the following format:



      amqp      ::= AMQP protocol over plain sockets.
      amqps     ::= AMQP protocol over SSL sockets.
      <host>    ::= Hostname.
      <port>    ::= Port. 5672 is for plain, 5661 for SSL.
      <param>   ::= Parameter in form <name>=<value>.

           Possible parameters are:

              maxframesize   Sets the AMQP max frame size. Value is in bytes. Default unlimited.
              idletimeout    Closes the connection after no data has been sent for this amount of time.
                             Value is in milliseconds. Default no timeout.
              mechanism      SASL authentication mechanism like CRAM-MD5.

The SwiftMQ Explorer documentation can be found online HERE.

Administration with CLI

CLI is SwiftMQ's command line interface to manage a Router. SwiftMQ AMQP Router contains a version of CLI that connects via AMQP 1.0.

To start CLI, perform a


from the platform subfolder of the "scripts" directory. As username/password press the return key (anonymous) or use "admin", password "secret".

For the AMQP-URL see section above.

The CLI documentation can be found online HERE.

Administration by Changing the Configuration File

The configuration file of the SwiftMQ AMQP Router is stored under the config directory. A watchdog automatically detects changes and applies it to the running Router. It is not necessary to restart it.

AMQP 1.0 Clients

The following AMQP 1.0 clients have been tested and can be used with SwiftMQ AMQP Router:

SwiftMQ AMQP 1.0 Java Client

The documentation of the SwiftMQ AMQP 1.0 Java Client can be found online HERE. It also available free of charge as a separate distribution from SwiftMQ's web site HERE.

Apache Qpid Proton AMQP 1.0 Library

Qpid Proton provides a protocol engine for AMQP 1.0 with an easy to use Messenger interface on top of it. Supported languages are C, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby and Java. It is available from HERE.

Microsoft ServiceBus .Net Client

Microsoft's ServiceBus .Net Client can be used to access SwiftMQ over AMQP 1.0 but without SASL. Look HERE.

SwiftMQ AMQP Router License, Version 2.0

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