•  open standard application layer for message oriented communication (peer to peer or pub-sub)
  • Secure, compact, symmetric, multiplexed, reliable binary transfer protocol to move messages between applications
  • Platform independent wire level messaging protocol
  • Interoperable across multiple languages and platforms
  • works on on top on transport layer protocol TCP
  • provides message delivery guarantees – at-least once, at-most once, exactly-once
  • authentication and encryption (SASL, TLS)
  • International ISO/IEC 1964:2014 standard
  • Layered Model
    • Transport and connection security protocol
    • Frame Transfer protocol
    • Message Transfer protocol

Features of AMQP Protocol

  • orientation
  • queuing
  • routing (including point-to-point and publish-and-subscribe)
  • Supports classic message queues, round-robin, store and forward
  • Supports transactions (across message queues) and distributed transactions (XA, X/Open, MS DTC)
  • Has support for SASL and TLS



  • Manage transfer capacity e.g. frame size, channel count
  • Creating connection is expensive process
  • They are ephemeral
  • Layered over network stream transport TCP
  • frames flow over channels
  • explicit idle time management
  • can support multiple concurrent sessions
  • starts with OPEN frame


  • They are bidirectional – basically binds two unidirectional channels. It’s basically pair of channels. Channel supports one way communication client to server and server to client
  • Multiplex channel
  • They are ephemeral
  • session can have multiple concurrent links
  • starts with BEGIN frame


  • Unidirectional transfer route for messages from source to target
  • named links formed over sessions
  • manage flow individually through link credits
  • send settlement with it e.g settled, rejected
  • links can be recovered (non ephemeral). Delivery state between parties can be restored
  • starts with AATACH frame

Message Transfers – Settlement – Acknowledgement

  • At-most once
    • fire and forget
    • TRANSFER (settled = true)
  • At-least once
    • TRANSFER (Sender to Receiver)
      • settled – false
      • state
    • DISPOSITION (Receiver to Sender)
      • settled – true
      • state
        • accepted – ok
        • rejected – (error/diagnostic information)
        • released – message abandoned by receiver and need to be redelivered
        • modified – message released

Flow Control

  • Session flow control
  • Link flow control

AMQP Messages

  • Properties
    • standard message properties
      • message-id
      • user-id
      • to
      • subject
      • reply-to
      • correlation-id
      • content-type
      • content-encoding
  • Application Properties
    • application defined metadata
  • Message Body
    • 1 of 3 choices
      1. one or more data sections
        • binary data upto max frame size
        • hints to interpret this data can be in content-type and content-encoding
        • e.g. JSON, Avro, Thrift etc. payloads
      2. One or more amqp-sequence sections
      3. amqp-value
  • header
    • transfer headers
  • delivery annotations
    • custom delivery metadata
  • message annotations
    • infrastructure specific properties
  • footer
    • custom metadata about message e.g. signature

AMQP Units

Basic unit is called frame. There are 9 frames

  1. open (the connection)
  2. begin (the session)
  3. attach (the link)
  4. transfer
  5. flow
  6. disposition
  7. detach (the link)
  8. end (the session)
  9. close (the connection)
  • An attach frame body is sent to initiate a new link; a detach to tear down a link. Links may be established in order to receive or send messages.
  • Messages are sent over an established link using the transfer frame. Messages on a link flow in only one direction.
  • Transfers are subject to a credit based flow control scheme, managed using flow frames. This allows a process to protect itself from being overwhelmed by too large a volume of messages or more simply to allow a subscribing link to pull messages as and when desired
  • Each transferred message must eventually be settled. Settlement ensures that the sender and receiver agree on the state of the transfer, providing reliability guarantees. Changes in state and settlement for a transfer (or set of transfers) are communicated between the peers using the disposition frame. Various reliability guarantees can be enforced this way: at-most-once, at-least-once and exactly-once
  • Multiple links, in both directions, can be grouped together in a session. A session is a bidirectional, sequential conversation between two peers that is initiated with a begin frame and terminated with an end frame.
  • A connection between two peers can have multiple sessions multiplexed over it, each logically independent. Connections are initiated with an open frame in which the sending peer’s capabilities are expressed, and terminated with a close frame.


  • Agnostic to message content/encoding.
  • header includes time to live, durability, priority etc.
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