AMQP Messages

When a MO object is created, modified or deleted, an AMQP message is sent to the mo broker. The purpose of the message exchange is to make it easier to build software that integrates with MO. If you are writing such software, you are probably interested in the Delayed queue.


Messages are valid json with a uuid key and a time key. Here is an example of a message body:

{"uuid": "c390b9a2-7202-48e6-972b-ce36a90065c4", "time": "2019-03-24T13:02:15.132025"}

Where uuid is the uuid of the affected employee or org_unit and time is a ISO timestamp of when the change is effective.


The exchange is a topic exchange and all messages are pushed with three topics. Here is an example of a topic:

The three topics can be described as:

  1. The service: employee or org_unit.
  2. Name of affected object type: address, association, employee, engagement, it, leave, manager, org_unit, related_unit, role.
  3. The action performed: create, update or delete.

Or put more abstractly:


Delayed queue

A separate project, the mo-delay-agent, maintains a queue for identical messages which are only sent once the time field is due.


This is an example of a Python script that exhausts the queue:

import pika

host = "localhost"
exchange = "moq"
topic = "#.#.#"

connection = pika.BlockingConnection(pika.ConnectionParameters(host=host))
channel =

channel.exchange_declare(exchange=exchange, exchange_type="topic")
result = channel.queue_declare(exclusive=True)
queue_name = result.method.queue
channel.queue_bind(exchange=exchange, queue=queue_name, routing_key=topic)

print(" [*] Waiting for messages. To exit press CTRL+C")

def callback(ch, method, properties, body):
    print(" [%s] %r" % (method.routing_key, body))

channel.basic_consume(callback, queue=queue_name, no_ack=True)
except KeyboardInterrupt:


Messages are disabled by default.

To enable AMQP, set ENABLE_AMQP to True.

The default exchange is os2mo_queue can be configured by changing AMQP_OS2MO_EXCHANGE.

Host and port are set to localhost:5672 and can be configured with AMQP_HOST and AMQP_PORT respectively.