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Chapter 1. Introduction

The Java Broker is a powerful open-source message broker that implements all versions of the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP). The Java Broker is actually one of two message brokers provided by the Apache Qpid project: the Java Broker and the C++ Broker.

This document relates to the Java Broker. The C++ Broker is described separately.

Headline features

  • 100% Java implementation - runs on any platform supporting Java 1.6 or higher

  • Messaging clients support in Java, C++, Python.

  • JMS 1.1 compliance (Java client).

  • Persistent and non-persistent (transient) message support

  • Supports for all common messaging patterns (point-to-point, publish/subscribe, fan-out etc).

  • Transaction support including XA[1]

  • Supports for all versions of the AMQP protocol

  • Automatic message translation, allowing clients using different AMQP versions to communicate with each other.

  • Pluggable authentication architecture with out-of-the-box support for Kerberos, LDAP, External, and file-based authentication mechanisms.

  • Pluggable message store architecture with implementations based on Apache Derby, Oracle BDB JE[2], and Memory Store

  • Web based management interface and programmatic management interfaces via REST and JMX APIs.

  • SSL support

  • High availability (HA) support.[3]

[1] XA provided when using AMQP 0-10

[2] Oracle BDB JE must be downloaded separately.

[3] HA currently only available to users of the optional BDB JE HA based message store.