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    A base worker class for connecting to and dealing with RabbitMQ.

    This is mostly a convenience wrapper around amqplib.



    npm install @scriptollc/amqp-worker


    const QueueWorker = require('@scriptollc/amqp-worker')
    class MyWorker extends QueueWorker {
      constructor () {
        this.queue = 'my-queue'
      messageHandler (msg) {
        const data = msg.content
    const worker = new MyWorker()
      .then(() => console.log('listening!'))
      .catch((err) => console.log('ERROR!', err))

    If you're not into ES6 Classes, you can use a function and the prototype chain to manage this as well. Since this is an ES6 class however, prototyping requires the use of Reflect:

    const QueueWorker = require('@scriptollc/amqp-worker')
    function MyWorker () {
      Object.assign(this, Reflect.construct(QueueWorker, arguments, MyWorker))
      this.queue = 'my-queue'
    Reflect.setPrototypeOf(MyWorker.prototype, QueueWorker.prototype)
    MyWorker.prototype.messageHandler = function (msg) {
      const data = msg.content
    const worker = new MyWorker()
      .then(() => console.log('listening!'))
      .catch((err) => console.log('ERROR!', err))

    The upside to this construct is that it works for both ES6 style classes and traditional JS function prototypes.


    new QueueWorker(host?:string, port?:number, opts?:object):QueueWorker

    Create a new instance of a queue worker. Optionally pass in a hostname and a port for the RabbitMQ server. These may also be specified in environment variables:

    • RABBIT_MQ_HOST - default: localhost
    • RABBIT_MQ_POST - default: 5672

    An object of objects may be passed in to provide default options for asserting a queue, consuming a queue or sending a message to a queue. Options may be overridden or additional options may be provided at runtime

    • opts.assertOpts - default options for
    • opts.consumeOpts - default options for
    • opts.sendOpts - default options for

    All queue worker instances must implement:

    • messageHandler(msg:object):undefined - the message handler
    • queue:string - the name of the queue

    They may as well implement:

    • handleError(err:Error):undefined - error handler (default: throws errors)
    • beforeDisconnect():Promise - do something before disconnection
    • serializeMessage():Buffer - called on the msg passed in to sendMessage. noop by default, allows you to control how messages get changed into Buffers


    async QueueWorker#initialize():Promise

    Connect to the specified RabbitMQ server and attach a listener for error messages on the connection

    async QueueWorker#getChannel():Promise

    Create a channel on the active connection, or, make a connection if one doesn't exist and create a channel

    async QueueWorker#disconnect():Promise

    Disconnect the channel and the server, running the optional beforeDisconnect handler.

    async QueueWorker#listen(assertOpts?:object, consumeOpts?:object):Promise

    Assert the specified queue and attach the messageHandler as a queue consumer.

    Will create a connection and/or a channel as necessary. The options for assertQueue and consume are the same as for the amqplib functions.

    async QueueWorker#sendMessage(msg:Buffer|Any, sendOpts?object):Promise

    Send a message to the queue, using the specified options, if any. Your message must either be an instance of the Buffer object, or you must have overridden QueueWorker#serializeMessage to return a Buffer.

    You may use a different channel to send a message to a queue by passing in a channel key on the sendOpts object.


    This MUST be implemented! Handle messages coming in from RabbitMQ. The msg object is the same as provided for the consume method in amqplib:

      content: Buffer,
      fields: Object,
      properties: Object

    You can use and (or any of the channel methods) to tell the server you've handled (or rejected) the message.

    async QueueWorker#beforeDisconnect():Promise

    This MAY be implemented

    Do something before disconnecting the channel and the connecftion

    async QueueWorker#handleError(err:Error):undefined

    This MAY be implemented

    Do something with any errors that might be thrown



    What queue to use when asserting


    Copyright © 2018, Scripto LLC. Apache-2.0 licensed.


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