Configure message queues

Any module can be configured to send and receive messages to the message queue. To do this, you must create the following files in the <module>/etc directory:

  • communication.xml
  • queue.xml

Create the communication.xml file

The <module>/etc/communication.xml file defines aspects of the message queue system that all communication types have in common. Magento 2.1 supports AMQP and database connections.

topic element

Topic configuration is flexible in that you can switch the transport layer for topics at deployment time. These values can be overwritten in the env.php file.

The name parameter is required. The topic definition must include either a request or a schema. Use schema if you want to implement a custom service interface. Otherwise, specify request. If request is specified, then also specify response if the topic is synchronous.

Parameter Description
name A string that uniquely identifies the topic. A topic name should be a series of strings that are separated by periods. The leftmost string should be the most general, and each string afterward should narrow the scope. For example, to describe actions for tending to pets, you might create names such as cat.white.feed and dog.retriever.walk. Wildcards are not supported in the communication.xml file.
request Specifies the data type of the topic.
response Specifies the format of the response. This parameter is required if you are defining a synchronous topic. Omit this parameter if you are defining an asynchronous topic.
schema The interface that describes the structure of the message. The format must be <module>\Api\<ServiceName>::<methodName>.

handler element

The handler element specifies the class where the logic for handling messages exists and the method it executes.

Parameter Description
name A string that uniquely defines the handler. The name can be derived from the topic name if the handler is specific to the topic. If the handler provides more generic capabilities, name the handler so that it describes those capabilities.
type The class that defines the handler.
method The method this handler executes.
disabled Determines whether this handler is disabled. The default value is false.

Sample communication.xml file

The following sample defines two synchronous topics. The first topic is for RPC calls. The second uses a custom service interface.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config xmlns:xsi="" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework-message-queue:etc/queue.xsd">
<topic name="synchronous.rpc.test" request="string" response="string">
    <handler name="processRpcRequest" type="Magento\TestModuleSynchronousAmqp\Model\RpcRequestHandler" method="process"/>
<topic name="magento.testModuleSynchronousAmqp.api.serviceInterface.execute" schema="Magento\TestModuleSynchronousAmqp\Api\ServiceInterface::execute">
    <handler name="processRemoteRequest" type="Magento\TestModuleSynchronousAmqp\Model\RpcRequestHandler" method="process"/>

Create the queue.xml file

The queue.xml file defines the broker that processes topics. It also specifies the queue each topic will be sent to.

broker element

The broker element also contains queue elements.

Parameter Description
topic A topic defined in the communication.xml file.
type The type of message broker. For this release, the value must be amqp or db.
exchange The name of the exchange to publish to. The default system exchange name is magento.

queue element

The queue element defines the module’s queues.

Parameter Description
name (required) Defines the queue name to send the message to.
consumer (required) The name of the consumer.
consumerInstance The path to a Magento class that consumes the message.
handler Specifies the class and method that processes the message. The value must be specified in the format <Vendor>\Module\<ServiceName>::<methodName>.
maxMessages Specifies the maximum number of messages to consume.

Sample queue.xml file

<config xmlns:xsi="" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework-message-queue:etc/queue.xsd">
<broker topic="synchronous.rpc.test" type="amqp" exchange="magento">
    <queue consumer="synchronousRpcTestConsumer" name="synchronous.rpc.test" consumerInstance="Magento\Framework\MessageQueue\Rpc\Consumer"/>
<broker topic="magento.testModuleSynchronousAmqp.api.serviceInterface.execute" type="amqp" exchange="magento">
    <queue consumer="RemoteServiceTestConsumer" name="queue.magento.testModuleSynchronousAmqp.api.serviceInterface.execute" consumerInstance="Magento\Framework\MessageQueue\Rpc\Consumer"/>