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Java Spring Boot REST Server with RabbitMQ

đź•“ 40 minutes

What you’ll learn#

How to set up your application for:

  • connecting to RabbitMQ,
  • getting data from REST API,
  • providing data to REST API.

In this tutorial, we will create a simple java component with the Java Spring Boot scaffolder. We want to expose two simple REST endpoints for creating and getting logs using the RabbitMQ queue.

The image below shows the diagram of the future application. Inside the LogsComponent is a simple logic, which stores log messages in the RabbitMQ queue and is available to return them via the REST API.diagram

Project source#

This example project can be cloned from:




Open your IDE, import the created component and start coding:

  • Define the message payload. Here is an example of the Log, which is a simple POJO with basic client data:

  • Generate getters and setters with your IDE.

    public class Log {
    private String message;private String date;
    //... getters + setters}

    Open your pom.xml file and import the dependencies below:

  • These dependencies will allow you to integrate any tool that uses the AMPQ message protocol.

    <dependency>    <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId>    <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-amqp</artifactId>    <version>2.4.1</version></dependency>

For more details about the AMPQ message protocol, see:

RabbitMQ configuration#

Create a new java class to store a bean definition for the RabbitMQ configuration.

  • In this case, the file is called

  • Don't forget to add a Spring Boot @Configuration annotation to this class. For more information about the @Configuration, see:

    import org.springframework.amqp.core.Binding;import org.springframework.amqp.core.BindingBuilder;import org.springframework.amqp.core.FanoutExchange;import org.springframework.amqp.core.Queue;import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Value;import org.springframework.context.annotation.Bean;import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;
    @Configurationpublic class RabbitConfiguration {
        @Value("${}")    private String fanoutExchange;
        @Value("${}")    private String queueName;
        @Bean    Queue queue() {       return new Queue(queueName, true);    }
        @Bean    FanoutExchange fanoutExchange() {        return new FanoutExchange(fanoutExchange);    }
        @Bean    Binding binding(Queue queue, FanoutExchange fanoutExchange) {        return BindingBuilder.bind(queue).to(fanoutExchange);    }}

    Let's take a detailed look at this configuration class:

  • The @Value annotation contains a queue name and fanout exchange property that are read from the application.yaml file.

  • The queue() bean creates a new AMQP queue for storing our logs to. The second argument specifies the queue to be durable so that the queue and any messages on it won't be removed when RabbitMQ is stopped.

  • The fanoutExchange() bean creates a new exchange with the type equals to fanout. The fanout exchange just broadcasts all the messages it receives to all the queues it knows.

  • The binding() method binds the queue and fanout exchange together, defining the behavior that occurs when RabbitTemplate publishes to an exchange.

Create a Producer#

Now, we will create a Producer that will send logs to a RabbitMQ queue.

  • For this purpose we are using the RabbitTemplate, provided by the Spring Boot framework.

    import com.fasterxml.jackson.core.JsonProcessingException;import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.ObjectMapper;import org.example.service.model.Log;import org.springframework.amqp.rabbit.core.RabbitTemplate;import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Value;import org.springframework.stereotype.Component;
    @Componentpublic class QueueProducer {
        @Value("${}")    private String fanoutExchange;
        private final RabbitTemplate rabbitTemplate;
        @Autowired    public QueueProducer(RabbitTemplate rabbitTemplate) {        this.rabbitTemplate = rabbitTemplate;    }
        public void produce(Log log) throws JsonProcessingException {
            rabbitTemplate.setExchange(fanoutExchange);        rabbitTemplate.convertAndSend(new ObjectMapper().writeValueAsString(log));    }}
  • Inside the convertAndSend() method the ObjectMapper converts the Log entity into the JSON, so it can be stored in the queue as a string.

Create a Consumer#

To get messages from the queue, we need to create a QueueConsumer class.

import com.fasterxml.jackson.core.JsonProcessingException;import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.ObjectMapper;import org.example.service.model.Log;import org.springframework.amqp.rabbit.core.RabbitTemplate;import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Value;import org.springframework.stereotype.Component;
@Componentpublic class QueueConsumer {
    private final RabbitTemplate rabbitTemplate;
    @Value("${}")    private String queueName;
    @Autowired    public QueueConsumer(RabbitTemplate rabbitTemplate) {        this.rabbitTemplate = rabbitTemplate;    }
    private String receiveMessage() {        String message = (String) rabbitTemplate.receiveAndConvert(queueName);        return message;    }
    public Log processMessage() throws JsonProcessingException {        String message = receiveMessage();        return new ObjectMapper().readValue(message, Log.class);    }}

Create a Controller#

Next, create a new controller and put all the parts together

  • For more details about the spring REST controller, see:

    import com.fasterxml.jackson.core.JsonProcessingException;import org.example.service.config.QueueConsumer;import org.example.service.config.QueueProducer;import org.example.service.model.Log;import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;import org.springframework.http.HttpStatus;import org.springframework.http.ResponseEntity;import org.springframework.stereotype.Controller;import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.GetMapping;import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.PostMapping;import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;
    @Controller@RequestMapping("/")public class LogsController {
        @Autowired    private QueueProducer queueProducer;
        @Autowired    private QueueConsumer queueConsumer;
        @GetMapping    public ResponseEntity<?> getLogs() throws JsonProcessingException {        Log log = queueConsumer.processMessage();        return new ResponseEntity<Log>(log, HttpStatus.OK);    }
        @PostMapping    public ResponseEntity<?> storeLog(Log log) throws JsonProcessingException {        queueProducer.produce(log);        return new ResponseEntity<Log>(HttpStatus.CREATED);    }}

Update an application.yaml file#

Add a RabbitMQ connection to the application.yaml file.

  • Your configuration file should look like this:

    server:  port: 8080spring:  main:    banner-mode: off  zipkin:    enabled: false  rabbitmq:    host: localhost    port: 5672    username: {username}    password: {password}queue:  name: {"queue_name"}fanout:  exchange: {"exchange_name"}management:  endpoints:    web:      exposure:        include: health, prometheus

Run the project in the local environment#

Try to build and run the application in your IDE.

  • After startup, you should be able to access your new controller’s swagger: http://localhost:8080/swagger/index.html


Try to post a new log. Then go to the RabbitMQ management panel that should be available at the http://localhost:15672 address.

  • In the queues section you can see your newly created queue. Click on its name and you will see the details related to the chosen queue. Look at the "Get messages" section, extend it, click on the "Get message(s)" button and you will see the last posted message.


Go to Swagger-UI once again and get the log.

  • Now look at the stored messages in the RabbitMQ management panel once again. Now you should see the notification that the queue is empty, because you received the last message that was stored.


Deploy to CodeNOW#

If your code works in the local development environment, you are ready to push your changes to GIT and try to build and deploy your new component version to the CodeNOW environment.

  • Check [Get New RabbitMQ] for setup in the CodeNOW environment.
  • Make sure to change the application.yaml properties from the local to the production setup.
  • For more information about application deployment, see the Application Deployment and Deployment Monitoring tutorials.

What’s next?#

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