RabbitMQ for PCF v1.10

RabbitMQ for PCF

About RabbitMQ for PCF

RabbitMQ for Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) enables PCF app developers to provision and use the RabbitMQ message broker with a single command.

As of version 1.8, RabbitMQ for PCF supports two types of service, an on-demand service and a pre-provisioned service. This table summarizes the main differences between the two:

Available Since VMs it Runs On How VMs are Created Metrics Name Prefix
On-Demand Service v1.8 Dedicated VM that serves a single service instance. See this topic for details. PCF creates each VM on-demand when app developer creates service instance p.rabbitmq (with a dot)
Pre-Provisioned Service v1.2 Multi-tenant VMs shared by apps across PCF deployment PCF creates all VMs when operator deploys or updates service p-rabbitmq (with a dash)

This RabbitMQ for PCF documentation describes both service types. Documentation for RabbitMQ for PCF v1.7 and earlier only describes a pre-provisioned service.

What are On-Demand Instances

In RabbitMQ for PCF versions before v1.8.0, the RabbitMQ service instances correspond to a unique RabbitMQ Vhost on the multi-tenant RabbitMQ cluster. RabbitMQ for PCF v1.8.0 introduced On-Demand Broker (ODB) support. That means that a new, single-tenant, cluster can be created and dedicated to a single app.

For more information, see Unlocking the Power of On-Demand RabbitMQ for PCF and On-Demand Service Architecture.

About RabbitMQ

RabbitMQ is a fast and dependable open-source message server, which supports a wide range of use cases including reliable integration, content-based routing and global data delivery, and high-volume monitoring and data ingestion.

Emerging as the de facto standard for cloud messaging, RabbitMQ is used for efficient communication between servers, apps and devices, and creates lasting value by enabling rapid development of modern decentralized app and data architectures that can scale with your business needs.

Product Snapshot

The following table provides version and version-support information about RabbitMQ for PCF.

Element Details
Version v1.10.20
Release date July 13, 2018
Software component version RabbitMQ OSS v3.6.16
Compatible Ops Manager version(s) v1.11.x and v1.12.x
Compatible Elastic Runtime version(s) v1.11.x and later
IaaS support AWS, Azure, GCP, OpenStack, and vSphere
IPsec support No



  • Provision on-demand single node dedicated instances of RabbitMQ with a unique RabbitMQ Vhost (virtual host)
  • Provision on-demand clustered dedicated instances of RabbitMQ
  • Bind apps to an instance of the plan, providing unique credentials for each binding
  • Management dashboard access to app developers
  • Deployment into an availability zone specified by the plan
  • Automated upgrades of RabbitMQ for major, minor, and patch releases (see release notes for downtime requirements)
  • RabbitMQ Syslog forwarding configuration inherited from the pre-provisioned configuration
  • RabbitMQ metrics are exposed on the firehose
  • Run smoke tests for on-demand plans

For more information, see Unlocking the Power of On-Demand RabbitMQ for PCF.


  • Provision an instance of the RabbitMQ service, which corresponds to a unique RabbitMQ Vhost (virtual host)
  • Bind apps to an instance of the plan, providing unique credentials for each binding
  • Management dashboard access to PCF Operators and app developers
  • Deployment across multiple availability zones, with nodes striped across the AZs automatically
  • Enable SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) for the AMQP, MQTT, STOMP protocols
  • HAProxy load balancer across all nodes to balance connections
  • Plugin configuration can be easily changed at any time and the cluster redeployed and updated
  • The cluster topology can be changed and easily scaled out
  • Automated upgrades of RabbitMQ for major, minor, and patch releases (see Downtime When Upgrading for downtime requirements)
  • Configure the end point for the RabbitMQ Syslog
  • RabbitMQ and HAProxy metrics are exposed on the firehose
  • Syslog forwarding on by default

Release Notes and Known Issues

Check the release notes for your release version for important information and known issues. To see release notes for another version, select the version from the dropdown list at the top of the page.

RabbitMQ for PCF and Other PCF Services

Some PCF services offer on-demand service plans. These plans let developers provision service instances when they want.

These contrast with the more common pre-provisioned service plans, which require operators to provision the service instances during installation and configuration through the service tile UI.

The following PCF services offer on-demand service plans:

  • MySQL for PCF v2.0 and later

  • RabbitMQ for PCF

  • Redis for PCF

  • Pivotal Cloud Cache (PCC)

These services package and deliver their on-demand service offerings differently. For example, some services, like Redis for PCF, have one tile, and you configure the tile differently depending on whether you want on-demand service plans or pre-provisioned service plans.

For other services, like PCC, you install one tile for on-demand service plans and a different tile for pre-provisioned service plans.

The following table lists and contrasts the different ways that PCF services package on-demand and pre-provisioned service offerings.

PCF service tile Standalone product related to the service Versions supporting on demand Versions supporting pre-provisioned
RabbitMQ for PCF Pivotal RabbitMQ v1.8 and later All versions
Redis for PCF Redis v1.8 and later All versions
MySQL for PCF MySQL v2.x
(based on Percona Server)
(based on MariaDB and Galera)
PCC Pivotal GemFire All versions NA
GemFire for PCF Pivotal GemFire NA All versions


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