The rocket-fast system for log processing

omamqp1: AMQP 1.0 Messaging Output Module

Module Name: omamqp1
Available Since: 8.17.0
Original Author: Ken Giusti <>


This module provides the ability to send logging via an AMQP 1.0 compliant message bus. It puts the log messages into an AMQP message and sends the message to a destination on the bus.

Configuration Parameters


Parameter names are case-insensitive.

Action Parameters


type default mandatory obsolete legacy directive
word 5672 yes none

The address of the message bus in host[:port] format. The port defaults to 5672 if absent. Examples: “localhost”, “”, “”


type default mandatory obsolete legacy directive
word none yes none

The destination for the generated messages. This can be the name of a queue or topic. On some messages buses it may be necessary to create this target manually. Example: “amq.topic”


type default mandatory obsolete legacy directive
word none no none

Used by SASL to authenticate with the message bus.


type default mandatory obsolete legacy directive
word none no none

Used by SASL to authenticate with the message bus.


type default mandatory obsolete legacy directive
word RSYSLOG_FileFormat no none

Format for the log messages.


type default mandatory obsolete legacy directive
integer 0 no none

The idle timeout in seconds. This enables connection heartbeats and is used to detect a failed connection to the message bus. Set to zero to disable.


type default mandatory obsolete legacy directive
integer 5 no none

The time in seconds this module will delay before attempting to re-established a failed connection to the message bus.


type default mandatory obsolete legacy directive
integer 10 no none

The number of times an undeliverable message is re-sent to the message bus before it is dropped. This is unrelated to rsyslog’s action.resumeRetryCount. Once the connection to the message bus is active this module is ready to receive log messages from rsyslog (i.e. the module has ‘resumed’). Even though the connection is active, any particular message may be rejected by the message bus (e.g. ‘unrouteable’). The module will retry (e.g. ‘suspend’) for up to maxRetries attempts before discarding the message as undeliverable. Setting this to zero disables the limit and unrouteable messages will be retried as long as the connection stays up. You probably do not want that to happen.


type default mandatory obsolete legacy directive
integer 0 no none

Setting this to a non-zero value will disable SASL negotiation. Only necessary if the message bus does not offer SASL support.



./configure --enable-omamqp1

Message Format

Messages sent from this module to the message bus contain an AMQP List in the message body. This list contains one or more log messages as AMQP String types. Each string entry is a single log message. The list is ordered such that the oldest log appears at the front of the list (e.g. list index 0), whilst the most recent log is at the end of the list.


The output plugin has been tested against the following messaging systems:


  • Add support for SSL connections.


Example 1

This example shows a minimal configuration. The module will attempt to connect to a QPID broker at Messages are sent to the amq.topic topic, which exists on the broker by default:


Example 2

This example forces rsyslogd to authenticate with the message bus. The message bus must be provisioned such that user joe is allowed to send to the message bus. All messages are sent to log-queue. It is assumed that log-queue has already been provisioned:



Notes on use with the QPID C++ broker (qpidd)

Note well: These notes assume use of version 0.34 of the QPID C++ broker. Previous versions may not be fully compatible.

To use the Apache QPID C++ broker qpidd as the message bus, a version of qpidd that supports the AMQP 1.0 protocol must be used.

Since qpidd can be packaged without AMQP 1.0 support you should verify AMQP 1.0 has been enabled by checking for AMQP 1.0 related options in the qpidd help text. For example:

qpidd --help


AMQP 1.0 Options:
   --domain DOMAIN           Domain of this broker
   --queue-patterns PATTERN  Pattern for on-demand queues
   --topic-patterns PATTERN  Pattern for on-demand topics

If no AMQP 1.0 related options appear in the help output then your instance of qpidd does not support AMQP 1.0 and cannot be used with this output module.

The destination for message (target) must be created before log messages arrive. This can be done using the qpid-config tool.


qpid-config add queue rsyslogd

Alternatively the target can be created on demand by configuring a queue-pattern (or topic-pattern) that matches the target. To do this, add a queue-patterns or topic_patterns configuration directive to the qpidd configuration file /etc/qpid/qpidd.conf.

For example to have qpidd automatically create a queue named rsyslogd add the following to the qpidd configuration file:


or, if a topic behavior is desired instead of a queue:


These dynamic targets are auto-delete and will be destroyed once there are no longer any subscribers or queue-bound messages.

Versions of qpidd <= 0.34 also need to have the SASL service name set to “amqp” if SASL authentication is used. Add this to the qpidd.conf file:


Notes on use with the QPID Dispatch Router (qdrouterd)

Note well: These notes assume use of version 0.5 of the QPID Dispatch Router qdrouterd. Previous versions may not be fully compatible.

The default qdrouterd configuration does not have SASL authentication turned on. If SASL authentication is required you must configure SASL in the qdrouter configuration file /etc/qpid-dispatch/qdrouterd.conf

First create a SASL configuration file for qdrouterd. This configuration file is usually /etc/sasl2/qdrouterd.conf, but its default location may vary depending on your platform’s configuration.

This document assumes you understand how to properly configure Cyrus SASL.

Here is an example qdrouterd SASL configuration file that allows the client to use either the DIGEST-MD5 or PLAIN authentication mechanisims and specifies the path to the SASL user credentials database:

pwcheck_method: auxprop
auxprop_plugin: sasldb
sasldb_path: /var/lib/qdrouterd/qdrouterd.sasldb
mech_list: DIGEST-MD5 PLAIN

Once a SASL configuration file has been set up for qdrouterd the path to the directory holding the configuration file and the name of the configuration file itself without the ‘.conf’ suffix must be added to the /etc/qpid-dispatch/qdrouterd.conf configuration file. This is done by adding saslConfigPath and saslConfigName to the container section of the configuration file. For example, assuming the file /etc/sasl2/qdrouterd.conf holds the qdrouterd SASL configuration:

container {
   workerThreads: 4
   containerName: Qpid.Dispatch.Router.A
   saslConfigPath: /etc/sasl2
   saslConfigName: qdrouterd

In addition the address used by the omamqp1 module to connect to qdrouterd must have SASL authentication turned on. This is done by adding the authenticatePeer attribute set to ‘yes’ to the corresponding listener entry:

listener {
   port: amqp
   authenticatePeer: yes

This should complete the SASL setup needed by qdrouterd.

The target address used as the destination for the log messages must be picked with care. qdrouterd uses the prefix of the target address to determine the forwarding pattern used for messages sent to that target address. Addresses starting with the prefix queue are distributed to only one message receiver. If there are multiple message consumers listening to that target address only one listener will receive the message - mimicking the behavior of a queue with competing subscribers. For example: queue/rsyslogd

If a multicast pattern is desired - where all active listeners receive their own copy of the message - the target address prefix multicast may be used. For example: multicast/rsyslogd

Note well: if there are no active receivers for the log messages the messages will be rejected by qdrouterd since the messages are undeliverable. In this case the omamqp1 module will return a SUSPENDED status to the rsyslogd main task. rsyslogd may then re-submit the rejected log messages to the module which will attempt to send them again. This retry option is configured via rsyslogd - it is not part of this module. Refer to the rsyslogd actions documentation.

Using qdrouterd in combination with qpidd

A qdrouterd-based message bus can use a broker as a message storage mechanism for those that require broker-based message services (such as a message store). This section explains how to configure qdrouterd and qpidd for this type of deployment. Please read the above notes for deploying qpidd and qdrouterd first.

Each qdrouterd instance that is to connect the broker to the message bus must define a connector section in the qdrouterd.conf file. This connector contains the addressing information necessary to have the message bus set up a connection to the broker. For example, if a broker is available on host at port 5672:

connector {
   name: mybroker
   role: on-demand
   port: 5672

In order to route messages to and from the broker, a static link route must be configured on qdrouterd. This link route contains a target address prefix and the name of the connector to use for forwarding matching messages.

For example, to have qdrouterd forward messages that have a target address prefixed by “Broker” to the connector defined above, the following link pattern must be added to the qdrouterd.conf configuration:

linkRoutePattern {
   prefix: /Broker/
   connector: mybroker

A queue must then be created on the broker. The name of the queue must be prefixed by the same prefix specified in the linkRoutePattern entry. For example:

$ qpid-config add queue Broker/rsyslogd

Lastly use the name of the queue for the target address for the omamqp module action. For example, assuming qdrouterd is listening on local port 5672:


See also

Help with configuring/using Rsyslog:

  • Mailing list - best route for general questions
  • GitHub: rsyslog source project - detailed questions, reporting issues that are believed to be bugs with Rsyslog
  • Stack Exchange (View, Ask) - experimental support from rsyslog community

See also

Contributing to Rsyslog:

© 2008-2017, Rainer Gerhards and Others. This site uses the “better” theme for Sphinx.