Revised September 20, 2013.
Before installing vFabric RabbitMQ, verify that your system meets operating system and installation requirements.
The following table shows supported configurations for vFabric RabbitMQ.
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.
Table 1. vFabric RabbitMQ Supported Configurations
|Operating System||Processor Architecture||Erlang1||Production/Development Support|
|RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5||x86 (32-bit and 64-bit)||Erlang R14B and later||Production|
|RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6||x86 (32-bit and 64-bit)||Erlang R14B and later||Production|
|Microsoft Windows Server 2012||x86 (64-bit)||Erlang R14B and later||Production|
|Microsoft Windows Server 2008||x86 (32-bit and 64-bit)||Erlang R14B and later||Production|
|Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2 and later||x86 (32-bit)||Erlang R14B and later||Production|
|CentOS 5||x86 (64-bit)||Erlang R14B and later||Production|
|CentOS 6||x86 (64-bit)||Erlang R14B and later||Production|
|Ubuntu (All stable, non-EOL releases)||x86 (64-bit)||Erlang R14B and later||Production|
|Microsoft Windows XP||x86 (64-bit and 32-bit)||Erlang R14B and later||Development|
|Microsoft Windows 7||x86 (64-bit)||Erlang R14B and later||Development|
|Microsoft Windows 8||x86 (64-bit)||Erlang R14B and later||Development|
|MacOS X 10.6 and later||x86 (64-bit)||Erlang R14B and later||Development|
VMware supports Erlang R14B and later with vFabric RabbitMQ. Certain configurations require or run better with more recent versions of Erlang. For example:
To run vFabric RabbitMQ with SSL, use Erlang R15B02. You can use R14B (SSL 4.0.1) and later, but R15B02 is the most reliable version.
To run vFabric RabbitMQ on a 64-bit Windows VM, use Erlang 15B or later. Earlier versions are 32-bit only.
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.
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.
The JMS Client for RabbitMQ feature is an implementation of the Java Message Service (JMS) 1.1 specification that uses the RabbitMQ Java client API. This feature allows new and existing JMS applications to connect with RabbitMQ brokers through Advanced Message Queueing Protocol (AMQP). JMS applications can interoperate with AMQP clients on diverse platforms, including non-Java platforms.
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:
You install the Erlang RPM by downloading it from the VMware
download center and executing the
Determine if the following software packages are installed on your
glibc. You can use
to check; for example:
prompt# yum list ncurses
It is very likely that these packages are already installed. If
they are not, and you use
yum to install the VMware Erlang
yum command will install them as part of the
dependency resolution. If you install using
rpm from a
downloaded RPM file, you must install the packages yourself.
If you have previously installed Erlang on your RHEL computer, but
you want to now use VMware's Erlang distribution, you must first
completely remove your existing Erlang installation. You cannot upgrade
an existing Erlang installation to the one provided by VMware using
yum install or
From the RHEL computer or VM on which you will install vFabric
RabbitMQ, log in as the
root user and start a terminal
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
Choose the architecture (32- or 64-bit) and RHEL version (5 or 6) appropriate for your computer.
From your terminal, change to the directory in which you downloaded the RPM.
Execute the following
rpm command to install
prompt# rpm -ivhf erlang-
prompt# rpm -ivhf erlang-R15B-02.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
The following procedure describes how to ensure that you have the most recent version of Erlang installed on your Ubuntu computer. It uses the Erlang Solutions distributions and includes instructions on configuring your computer to access their Debian package repository. For complete instructions on using the Erlang distributions from Erlang Solutions, see the documentation.
From the Ubuntu computer on which you will install vFabric RabbitMQ, log in as the
root user (or as a user with
sudo privileges) and start a terminal window.
Configure your computer to access the Erlang Solutions Debian package repository by editing the file
/etc/apt/sources.list and adding the line appropriate to your version of Ubuntu:
For Lucid (10.04 LTS):
deb http://packages.erlang-solutions.com/debian lucid contrib
For Precise (12.04 LTS):
deb http://packages.erlang-solutions.com/debian precise contrib
Run the following command to synchronize the metadata:
prompt# apt-get update
If you are not the
prompt$ sudo apt-get update
Install the Erlang package by running the following command:
prompt# apt-get install esl-erlang
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
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.
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
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
For Mac OS X and other Linux platforms, you can install Erlang from source. See Download Erlang.