Simple, Single-Thread Message Receive in Apache Qpid C++

In my September 2009 newsletter article I showed a simple example of sending a message using the C++ API to Apache Qpid. Since I intend to write a number of how-to Qpid articles, most of them will appear here in my blog. (You can still subscribe to my newsletter… there are other interesting things there 🙂 If you’re not too familiar with AMQP terminology it may help to review the newsletter article because it defines the basic architectural pieces in AMQP.

This article shows a simple, single-threaded way to receive a message from a queue. The previous example showed how to send a message to the exchange with routing key “my_key”. Thus, if we have a client that creates a queue and binds the exchange to it using the routing key “my_key” the message will arrive on the queue.

To start, we need the header files:

#include <qpid/client/Connection.h>
#include <qpid/client/Session.h>
#include <qpid/client/Message.h>

Just as with the message-sending example, we need a connection to the broker and a session to use. We’ll assume there’s a broker on the local system and that it’s listening on TCP port 5672 (the default for Qpid). The new things in this example are:

  • Declare a queue (my_queue) that will receive the messages this program is interested in.
  • Bind the new queue to the exchange using the routing key that the message sender used (my_key).
  • Use a SubscriptionManager and LocalQueue to manage receiving messages from the new queue. There are a number of ways to receive messages, but this one is simple and needs only the single, main thread.
qpid::client::Connection connection;
try {"localhost", 5672);
  qpid::client::Session session = connection.newSession();
  session.exchangeBind(arg::exchange="", arg::queue="my_queue", arg::bindingKey="my_key");

  SubscriptionManager subscriptions(session);
  LocalQueue local_queue;
  subscriptions.subscribe(local_queue, string("my_queue"));
  Message message;
  local_queue.get(message, 10000);
  std::cout << message.getData() << std::endl;
  return 0;
catch(const std::exception& error) {
  std::cout << error.what() << std::endl;
  return 1;

It’s pretty easy. Again, this is a simple case and there are many options and alternatives. One particular thing to note in the above example is that the Message::getData() method returns a reference to a std::string. It is easy to assume that this means the message is text. This would be a bad assumption in general. A std::string can contain any set of bytes, text or not. What those bytes are is up to the application designers.

One Response to “Simple, Single-Thread Message Receive in Apache Qpid C++”

  1. Denny Says:

    How to setup multi-threaded listener, each thread listening to each queue?
    Is it possible?



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