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Message Queue Jobs and Transport Configuration


The OroMessageQueue bundle integrates the OroMessageQueue component. It adds an easy to use configuration layer, register services and ties them together, registers CLI commands.


The bundle provides an entity and a web gui for the jobs. So the jobs are created in the db and have a web gui where you can monitor the jobs’ status and interrupt jobs.


First, you have to configure a transport layer and set one to be default. For the config settings

# app/config/config.yml

        default: '%message_queue_transport%'
        '%message_queue_transport%': '%message_queue_transport_config%'
    client: ~

we can configure one of the supported transports via parameters:

DBAL Transport

# app/config/parameters.yml

    message_queue_transport: DBAL
    message_queue_transport_config: ~

DBAL transport options

Once you configured everything you can start producing messages:


/** @var Oro\Component\MessageQueue\Client\MessageProducer $messageProducer **/
$messageProducer = $container->get('oro_message_queue.message_producer');

$messageProducer->send('aFooTopic', 'Something has happened');

To consume messages you have to first create a message processor:

use Oro\Component\MessageQueue\Consumption\MessageProcessor;

class FooMessageProcessor implements MessageProcessor, TopicSubscriberInterface
    public function process(Message $message, Session $session)
        echo $message->getBody();

        return self::ACK;
        // return self::REJECT; // when the message is broken
        // return self::REQUEUE; // the message is fine but you want to postpone processing

    public static function getSubscribedTopics()
        return ['aFooTopic'];

Register it as a container service and subscribe to the topic:

    class: 'FooMessageProcessor'
        - { name: 'oro_message_queue.client.message_processor' }

Now you can start consuming messages:

./app/console oro:message-queue:consume

*Note: Add -vvv to find out what is going while you are consuming messages. There is a lot of valuable debug info there.*

Consumer Options

  • --message-limit=MESSAGE-LIMIT Consume n messages and exit
  • --time-limit=TIME-LIMIT Consume messages during this time
  • --memory-limit=MEMORY-LIMIT Consume messages until process reaches this memory limit in MB

The --memory-limit option is recommended for the normal consumer usage. If the option is set a consumer checks the used memory amount after each message processing and terminates if it is exceeded. For example if a consumer was run:

./app/console oro:message-queue:consume --memory-limit=700


  • The consumer processing a message
  • The consumer checks the used memory amount
  • If it exceeds the option value (i.e. 705 MB or 780Mb or 1300 Mb) the consumer terminates (and Supervisord re-runs it)
  • Otherwise it continues message processing.

We recommend to always set this option to the value 2-3 times less than php memory limit. It will help to avoid php memory limit error during message processing.

We recommend to set the --time-limit option to 5-10 minutes if using the DBAL transport to avoid database connection issues

Consumer Interruption

Consumers can normally interrupt the message procession by many reasons:

  • Out of memory (if the option is set)
  • Timeout (if the option is set)
  • Messages limit exceeded (if the option is set)
  • Forcefully by an event:
  • If a cache was cleared
  • If a schema was updated
  • If a maintenance mode was turned off

The normal interruption occurs only after a message was processed. If an event was fired during a message processing a consumer completes the message processing and interrupts after the processing is done.

Also a consumer interrupts if an exception was thrown during a message processing.

Consumer Heartbeat

Users may be informed about the state of consumers in the system (whether there is at least one alive). To guarantee that, the following process is used:

  • On start and after every configured time period, each consumer calls the tick method of the ConsumerHeartbeat service that informs the system that the consumer is alive.
  • The cron command oro:cron:message-queue:consumer_heartbeat_check is periodically executed to check consumers’ state. If it does not find any consumers alive, the oro/message_queue_state socket message is sent. This message notifies all logged-in users that the system may work incorrectly. Users of the management console get a flash message notification with information that consumers are not available.
  • The same check is also performed when a user logs in. This is done to notify users about the problem as soon as possible.

The notification period can be changed in the application configuration file using the consumer_heartbeat_update_period option:

        heartbeat_update_period: 20  #the update period was set to 20 minutes

The default value of the heartbeat_update_period option is 15 minutes.

To disable the Consumer Heartbeat notifications, set the heartbeat_update_period option to 0.


As you read before consumers can normally interrupt the message procession by many reasons. In the all cases above the interrupted consumer should be re-run. So you must keep running oro:message-queue:consume command and to do this best we advise you to delegate this responsibility to Supervisord. With next program configuration supervisord keeps running four simultaneous instances of oro:message-queue:consume command and cares about relaunch if instance has dead by any reason.

command=/path/to/app/console --env=prod --no-debug oro:message-queue:consume



You can skip it if you are only going to use the component. The component is split into several layers:

  • Transport – The transport API provides a common way for programs to create, send, receive and read messages. Inspired by Java Message Service
  • Router – An implementation of RecipientList pattern.
  • Consumption – the layer provides tools to simplify consumption of messages. It provides a cli command, a queue consumer, message processor and ways to extend it.
  • Client – provides a high level abstraction. It provides easy to use abstraction for producing and processing messages. It also reduces a need to configure a broker.
The Oro MessageQueue component structure

Component structure


The client’s message producer sends a message to a router message processor. It takes the message and search for real recipients who is interested in such a message. Then, It sends a copy of a message for all of them. Each target message processor takes its copy of the message and process it.

The message flow

Message flow

The message itself has headers and body and they change this way while traveling through the system:

The message structure

Message structure

Custom Transport

If you happen to need to implement a custom provider take a look at transport’s interfaces. You have to provide an implementation for them

Key Classes

  • MessageProducer – The client’s message producer, you will use it all the time to send messages
  • MessageProcessorInterface – Each class which does the job has to implement this interface
  • TopicSubscriberInterface – Kind of EventSubscriberInterface. It allows you to keep a processing code and topics it is subscribed to in one place.
  • MessageConsumeCommand – A command you use to consume messages.
  • QueueConsumer – A class that works inside the command and watch for a new message and once it is get it pass it to a message processor.

Unit and Functional Tests

To test that a message was sent in unit and functional tests, you can use MessageQueueExtension trait. There are two implementation of this trait, one for unit tests, another for functional tests:

Also, in case if you need custom logic for manage sent messages, you can use OroBundleMessageQueueBundleTestUnitMessageQueueAssertTrait or OroBundleMessageQueueBundleTestFunctionalMessageQueueAssertTrait traits.

Before you start to use traits in functional tests, you need to register oro_message_queue.test.message_collector service for test environment.

# app/config/config_test.yml

        class: Oro\Bundle\MessageQueueBundle\Test\Functional\MessageCollector
        decorates: oro_message_queue.client.message_producer
            - '@oro_message_queue.test.message_collector.inner'

The following example shows how to test whether a message was sent.

namespace Acme\Bundle\AcmeBundle\Tests\Functional;

use Oro\Bundle\MessageQueueBundle\Test\Functional\MessageQueueExtension;
use Oro\Bundle\TestFrameworkBundle\Test\WebTestCase;

class SomeTest extends WebTestCase
    use MessageQueueExtension;

    public function testSingleMessage()
        // assert that a message was sent to a topic
        self::assertMessageSent('aFooTopic', 'Something has happened');

        // assert that at least one message was sent to a topic
        // can be used if a message is not matter

    public function testSeveralMessages()
        // assert that exactly given messages were sent to a topic
                'Something has happened',
                'Something else has happened',
        // assert that the exactly given number of messages were sent to a topic
        // can be used if messages are not matter
        self::assertMessagesCount('aFooTopic', 2);
        // also assertCountMessages alias can be used to do the same assertion

    public function testNoMessages()
        // assert that no any message was sent to a topic
        // also assertEmptyMessages alias can be used to do the same assertion

    public function testAllMessages()
        // assert that exactly given messages were sent
        // NOTE: use this assertion with caution because it is possible
        // that messages not related to a testing functionality were sent as well
                ['topic' => 'aFooTopic', 'message' => 'Something has happened'],
                ['topic' => 'aFooTopic', 'message' => 'Something else has happened'],

In unit tests you are usually need to pass the message producer to a service you test. To fetch correct instance of message producer in the unit tests use self::getMessageProducer(), e.g.:

namespace Acme\Bundle\AcmeBundle\Tests\Unit;

use Acme\Bundle\AcmeBundle\SomeClass;
use Oro\Bundle\MessageQueueBundle\Test\Unit\MessageQueueExtension;

class SomeTest extends \PHPUnit_Framework_TestCase
    use MessageQueueExtension;

    public function testSingleMessage()
        $instance = new SomeClass(self::getMessageProducer());


        self::assertMessageSent('aFooTopic', 'Something has happened');
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