Supported Configurations and System Requirements

Revised February 14, 2013.

Before installing vFabric RabbitMQ, verify that your system meets operating system and installation requirements.


Supported Configurations

Erlang Support

AMQP Implementation and Support

Install Erlang: Software Requirement

Supported Configurations

The following table shows supported configurations for vFabric RabbitMQ. The operating system and processor architecture support also applies to other products in vFabric Suite. See vFabric Suite supported configurations.


The table indicates whether the supported configuration is for production or development. Generally, Production support means you can run your production application on the platform; Developer support means you can develop on the platform but you should not run your production application on it. For details, see vFabric Suite supported configurations.

Table 1. vFabric RabbitMQ Supported Configurations

Operating SystemProcessor ArchitectureErlang1Production/Developer Support
RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5x86_64, x86_32Erlang R14B and laterProduction
RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6x86_64, x86_32Erlang R14B and laterProduction
Microsoft Windows Server 2008x86_64, x86_32Erlang R14B and laterProduction
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2 and newerx86_32Erlang R14B and laterProduction
Ubuntu (All stable, non-EOL releases)x86_64Erlang R14B and laterProduction
Microsoft Windows XPx86_64, x86_32Erlang R14B and laterDeveloper
Microsoft Windows 7x86_64, x86_32Erlang R14B and laterDeveloper
MacOS X 10.6+x86_64Erlang R14B and laterDeveloper

Erlang Support

VMware supports Erlang R14B and later with vFabric RabbitMQ. Certain configurations require or run better with more recent versions of Erlang. For example:

For full details, see Erlang Versions.

If you are running vFabric RabbitMQ on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) computer or VM, VMware provides an Erlang RPM to simplify the installation process. See Install Erlang: Software Requirement.

AMQP Implementation and Support

VMware supports Erlang R14B and later for vFabric RabbitMQ. However, certain configurations require or run better with more recent versions of Erlang. For example:

You can use the RabbitMQ client libraries and broker daemon (server) together to create an AMQP network, or use them individually with established networks. RabbitMQ implements version 0-9-1 of the specification, with legacy support for version 0-8 and 0-9. vFabric RabbitMQ performs protocol negotiation with clients implementing 0-9-1, 0-9 and 0-8, in accordance with the specification. For more information about the vFabric RabbitMQ implementation of AMQP, see Compatibility and Conformance.

vFabric RabbitMQ also implements a number of AMQP protocol extensions.

Install Erlang: Software Requirement

Install Erlang on each computer or VM on which you plan to install vFabric RabbitMQ Server.

For users installing vFabric RabbitMQ on RHEL computers or VMs, VMware provides an RPM for simplifying the Erlang installation. Note, however, that the version of Erlang provided by VMware is slightly different from the community version. Compared to the community version, the version of Erlang provided by the VMware RPM is monolithic, has fewer dependencies, and has lower disk and memory overhead. Although many applications from Erlang Open Telecom Platform (OTP) have been removed, the following applications remain: asn1, compiler, crypto, erl_interface, erts, hipe, inets, kernel, mnesia, os_mon, otp_mibs, public_key, reltool, runtime_tools, sasl, snmp, ssl, stdlib, syntax_tools and xmerl.

See the following sections for operating system-specific instructions for installing Erlang:

Install Erlang on RHEL Using the vFabric RPM Repository

VMware recommends that you install Erlang on RHEL by first installing the vFabric RPM repository and then using yum to perform the actual installation. The vFabric RPM repository makes it easier for you to browse the vFabric RPMs, including the Erlang and vFabric RabbitMQ RPMs. The vFabric repository contains all RPMs that are certified with this release of vFabric Suite.



  1. From the RHEL computer or VM on which you will install vFabric RabbitMQ, log in as the root user and start a terminal window.

  2. Install the vFabric repository RPM using the following wget command, passing it the appropriate URL. The URL differs depending on the version of RHEL you are using.

    Important: You must run the entire wget command on a single line. Be sure you include | sh at the end, or the RPM installation will not work.

    For RHEL 5:

    prompt# wget -q -O - | sh

    For RHEL 6:

    prompt# wget -q -O - | sh

    See the Prerequisites section of Install vFabric RabbitMQ from the vFabric RPM Repository for information on what this wget command does.

  3. Install Erlang with the yum install command:

    prompt# yum install erlang

    Enter y at the prompts to start the installation. Depending on your environment, the install process may prompt for further information; answer as appropriate. The yum command automatically selects the architecture (32- or 64-bit) appropriate to your computer. When the install successfully finishes, you see a Complete! message.

Install Erlang on RHEL Using a Downloaded RPM

You can install the Erlang RPM by downloading it from the VMware download center if you prefer not to use the vFabric RPM repository.

  1. Read the prerequisites from the previous section which also apply to this section.

  2. From the RHEL computer or VM on which you will install vFabric RabbitMQ, log in as the root user and start a terminal window.

  3. Download the Erlang RPM file from the Drivers and Tools tab of the vFabric RabbitMQ Download page and save it to a directory on your computer. The RPM file is called erlang-version.architecture.rpm, such as erlang-R15B-02.1.el6.x86_64.rpm.

    You can also download the Erlang RPM file from the Drivers and Tools tab of the vFabric Suite Download page.

    Choose the architecture (32- or 64-bit) and RHEL version (5 or 6) appropriate for your computer.

  4. From your terminal, change to the directory in which you downloaded the RPM.

  5. Execute the following rpm command to install Erlang:

    prompt# rpm -ivhf erlang-version.architecture.rpm

    For example:

    prompt# rpm -ivhf erlang-R15B-02.1.el6.x86_64.rpm

Install Erlang on Windows

  1. Download the latest Erlang Windows Binary File to the computer on which you will install vFabric RabbitMQ. This is an EXE file with a name like otp_win32_R15B02.exe.

  2. Double-click the file you downloaded to start the installer and follow the instructions to complete the installation. You can take all the default values.

  3. Set the ERLANG_HOME environment variable to the directory where you installed Erlang:

    • Choose Control Panel > System > Advanced system settings > Environment variables.

    • Under System variables, click New...

    • In the Variable name field, enter ERLANG_HOME.

    • In the Variable value field, enter the full path to the Erlang installation directory. For example, if you ran the Erlang R15B2 installer and accepted the defaults, the path is C:\Program Files (x86)\erl5.9.2.

    • Click OK.

Install Erlang on Ubuntu or Mac OS X

For Mac OS X, Ubuntu, and other Linux platforms, you can install Erlang from source. See Download Erlang.