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To use RabbitMQ as a transport with Jasper, first install the Jasper.RabbitMQ library via nuget to your project. Behind the scenes, this package uses the RabbitMQ C# Client to both send and receive messages from RabbitMQ.

To listen for messages from RabbitMQ - assuming that another Jasper application is the original publisher - you simply specify that Jasper should listen to a specific RabbitMQ queue with a Uri like this:

public class AppListeningToRabbitMQ : JasperRegistry
    public AppListeningToRabbitMQ()
        // Port is optional if you're using the default RabbitMQ
        // port of 5672, but shown here for completeness

Likewise, to publish messages to RabbitMQ, use syntax like this:

public class AppPublishingToRabbitMQ : JasperRegistry
    public AppPublishingToRabbitMQ()

As with other transport types, the actual Uri values can be resolved from configuration. By moving the Uri values to configuration, it also becomes possible to use one of Jasper's built in transports like the TCP Transport when developing locally to debug interatiions between applications without having to have RabbitMQ running locally, but still use RabbitMQ in production without changing any of the application code.

Uri Structure

The Uri structure to identify a RabbitMQ queue to Jasper should follow this structure:

rabbitmq://[host]:[port]/[durable]/[exchange type]/[exchange name]/[queue name]

  • host -- the name RabbitMQ host or possibly a load balancer name
  • port -- Optional. If specified, this will simply override the port number from the default 5672
  • durable -- Optional, but if the first segment is "durable," this directs Jasper to use the durable message persistence
  • exchange type -- Optional, but if it exists, this would specify the type of exchange to create or bind to, with the value options direct, fanout, topic, or headers. See the RabbitMQ C# Client documentation for more information on these exchange types.
  • exchange name -- Optional, but must be present if you are specifying the exchange type
  • queue name -- The name of the RabbitMQ queue to bind to and send to. If there are additional segments, the queue name is determined by doing a join of the segments with the '/' character.

Here are some examples:

  • rabbitmq://localhost/messages -- bind to your local machine at the default port to queue "messages"
  • rabbitmq://rabbitserver1:5673/durable/messages -- bind to a RabbitMQ instance on server "rabbitserver1" at port 5673 to a queue named "messages" with durable, store and forward messaging applied.
  • rabbitmq://rabbitserver1:5673/fanout/exchange1/messages -- bind to a RabbitMQ instance on server "rabbitserver1" at port 5673 to a queue named "messages" without durable messages, and using a "fanout" exchange named "exchange1"
  • rabbitmq://rabbitserver1:5673/durable/fanout/exchange1/messages -- same as above, but this time with the durable messaging applied to all incoming or outgoing messages

Customizing the RabbitMQ Behavior

Definitely see the documentation for the RabbitMQ C# client for much more information about all the possible configuration items, but just know that all of the client configuration is surfaced in Jasper through its "Settings" model with the RabbitMQSettings object as shown below:

public class CustomizedRabbitMQApp : JasperRegistry
    public CustomizedRabbitMQApp()
        Settings.Alter<RabbitMqSettings>(settings =>
            // Retrieve the Jasper "agent" by the full Uri:
            var agent = settings.For("rabbitmq://server1/queue1");

            // Customize the underlying ConnectionFactory for security mechanisms,
            // timeouts, and many other settings
            agent.ConnectionFactory.ContinuationTimeout = TimeSpan.FromSeconds(5);

            // Customize how Jasper creates the connection from the connection factory
            agent.ConnectionActivator = factory => factory.CreateConnection("MyClientProvidedName");

            // Customize or change how Jasper maps Envelopes to and from
            // the RabbitMQ properties
            agent.EnvelopeMapping = new CustomEnvelopeMapping();

public class CustomEnvelopeMapping : DefaultEnvelopeMapper
    public override Envelope ReadEnvelope(byte[] data, IBasicProperties props)
        // Customize the mappings from RabbitMQ headers to
        // Jasper's Envelope values
        return base.ReadEnvelope(data, props);

    public override void WriteFromEnvelope(Envelope envelope, IBasicProperties properties)
        // Customize how Jasper Envelope objects are mapped to
        // the outgoing RabbitMQ message structure
        base.WriteFromEnvelope(envelope, properties);

If you need to integrate with a non-Jasper application using the RabbitMQ transport, you can use a custom IEnvelopeMapper and apply it to map a different RabbitMQ header structure or to translate message types so that Jasper can successfully handle the message. That interface looks like this:

public interface IEnvelopeMapper
    void WriteFromEnvelope(Envelope envelope, IBasicProperties properties);
    Envelope ReadEnvelope(byte[] body, IBasicProperties properties);