RabbitMQ on Raspberry Pi

Playing around with RabbitMQ lately, I was interested how it would perform on a very small box, a
Raspberry Pi.

Here is a short description how to get RabbitMQ running on a Raspberry Pi.

  1. get a Raspberry Pi installed with Raspbian – just follow the standard installation guide from http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/
  2. get the rabbit MQ package from here: http://www.rabbitmq.com/install-debian.html
  3. I wanted to run a client in Node.js, so I got the latest node with these commands:

    wget http://node-arm.herokuapp.com/node_latest_armhf.deb
    sudo dpkg -i node_latest_armhf.deb
    node -v
  4. pick the node version of the RabbitMQ tutorials from here: https://github.com/squaremo/amqp.node/tree/master/examples/tutorials

Here is how this looks in pictures:

Raspberry Pi running RabbitMQ

Raspberry Pi running RabbitMQ

node.js client running with rabbitMQ on a Raspberry Pi

node.js client running with rabbitMQ on a Raspberry Pi

And the results: If you let a publisher with a simple “hello world” message run in a loop for 1000 times and start a subscriber for this queue at the same time, you will see the 1000 messages flying through your little Rabbit Pi in about 13 seconds, more than 50 messages per second!

You will also notice that there is hardly any concurrency between the publisher and subscriber, so the messages only get consumed when the publisher gets idle. This is contrary to what I see on a desktop linux system where the subscriber always “wins” and keeps the queue empty, and the publisher is slowed down to the pace of the subscriber.

You probably do not want to push the little Raspberry to many messages per second, but it is nice to know that you can!