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Chapter 1. Overview

AMQ Broker is a high-performance messaging implementation based on ActiveMQ Artemis. It uses an asynchronous journal for fast message persistence, and supports multiple languages, protocols, and platforms.

1.1. Key features

AMQ Broker provides the following features:

  • Clustering and high availability options
  • Fast, native-IO persistence
  • Supports local transactions
  • Supports XA transactions when using AMQ Core Protocol JMS and AMQ OpenWire JMS clients
  • Written in Java for broad platform support
  • Multiple management interfaces: AMQ Management Console, Management APIs, and JMX

1.2. Supported standards and protocols

AMQ Broker supports the following standards and protocols:

  • Wire protocols:

    • Core Protocol
    • AMQP 1.0
    • MQTT
    • OpenWire (Used by A-MQ 6 clients)
    • STOMP
  • JMS 2.0


    The details of distributed transactions (XA) within AMQP are not provided in the 1.0 version of the specification. If your environment requires support for distributed transactions, it is recommended that you use the AMQ Core Protocol JMS.

1.3. Supported configurations

Refer to the article "Red Hat AMQ 7 Supported Configurations" on the Red Hat Customer Portal for current information regarding AMQ Broker supported configurations.

1.4. Document conventions

This document uses the following conventions for the sudo command, file paths, and replaceable values.

The sudo command

In this document, sudo is used for any command that requires root privileges. You should always exercise caution when using sudo, as any changes can affect the entire system.

For more information about using sudo, see Managing sudo access.

About the use of file paths in this document

In this document, all file paths are valid for Linux, UNIX, and similar operating systems (for example, /home/...). If you are using Microsoft Windows, you should use the equivalent Microsoft Windows paths (for example, C:\Users\...).

Replaceable values

This document sometimes uses replaceable values that you must replace with values specific to your environment. Replaceable values are lowercase, enclosed by angle brackets (< >), and are styled using italics and monospace font. Multiple words are separated by underscores (_) .

For example, in the following command, replace <install_dir> with your own directory name.

$ <install_dir>/bin/artemis create mybroker