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Dockerfile to build a ActiveMQ container image.

ActiveMQ has no gui, so we will be fine with openjdk-6-jre-headless because is the "Minimal Java runtime - needed for executing non GUI Java programs".


Current Version: 5.11.1

Hardware Requirements


  • No stats avaible to say the number of core in function of messages


  • 512MB is too little memory, i think is to use ActiveMQ on test environment
  • 1GB is the standard memory size

You can set the memory that you need :

docker run --name='activemq' -it --rm \
    -e 'ACTIVEMQ_MIN_MEMORY=512' \
    -e 'ACTIVEMQ_MAX_MEMORY=2048'\

This sample lauch ActiveMQ in docker with 512 MB of memory, and then ActiveMQ can take 2048 MB of max memory


The necessary hard drive space depends if you use persistant message or not and the type of appender. Normaly, no need space for ActiveMQ because the most data are contains directly on memory.
I think it's depend how you use ActiveMQ ;)

Quick Start

You can launch the image using the docker command line :

  • For test purpose :
docker run --name='activemq' -it --rm parana/soma-queue:latest

The account admin is "admin" and password is "admin". All settings is the default ActiveMQ's settings.

  • For production purpose :
docker run --name='activemq' -d \
-e 'ACTIVEMQ_NAME=amqp-srv1' \
-e 'ACTIVEMQ_WRITE_LOGIN=producer_login' -e 'ACTIVEMQ_WRITE_PASSWORD=producer_password' \
-e 'ACTIVEMQ_READ_LOGIN=consumer_login' -e 'ACTIVEMQ_READ_PASSWORD=consumer_password' \
-e 'ACTIVEMQ_JMX_LOGIN=jmx_login' -e 'ACTIVEMQ_JMX_PASSWORD=jmx_password' \
-e 'ACTIVEMQ_STATIC_TOPICS=topic1;topic2;topic3' \
-e 'ACTIVEMQ_STATIC_QUEUES=queue1;queue2;queue3' \
-v /data/activemq:/data/activemq \
-v /var/log/activemq:/var/log/activemq \


Avaible Configuration Parameters

*Please refer the docker run command options for the --env-file flag where you can specify all required environment variables in a single file. This will save you from writing a potentially long docker run command. Alternately you can use Docker Compose

Below is the complete list of available options that can be used to customize your gitlab installation.

  • ACTIVEMQ_NAME: The hostname of ActiveMQ server. Default to localhost
  • ACTIVEMQ_LOGLEVEL: The log level. Default to INFO
  • ACTIVEMQ_PENDING_MESSAGE_LIMIT: It is used to prevent slow topic consumers to block producers and affect other consumers by limiting the number of messages that are retained. Default to 1000
  • ACTIVEMQ_STORAGE_USAGE: The maximum amount of space storage the broker will use before disabling caching and/or slowing down producers. Default to 100 gb
  • ACTIVEMQ_TEMP_USAGE: The maximum amount of space temp the broker will use before disabling caching and/or slowing down producers. Default to 50 gb
  • ACTIVEMQ_MAX_CONNECTION: It's DOS protection. It limit concurrent connections. Default to 1000
  • ACTIVEMQ_FRAME_SIZE: It's DOS protection. It limit the frame size. Default to 104857600 (100MB)
  • ACTIVEMQ_MIN_MEMORY: The init memory in MB that ActiveMQ take when start (it's like XMS). Default to 128 (128 MB)
  • ACTIVEMQ_MAX_MEMORY: The max memory in MB that ActiveMQ can take (it's like XMX). Default to 1024 (1024 MB)

  • ACTIVEMQ_REMOVE_DEFAULT_ACCOUNT: It's permit to remove all default login on ActiveMQ (Webconsole, broker and JMX). Default to false

  • ACTIVEMQ_ADMIN_LOGIN: The login for admin account (broker and web console). Default to admin
  • ACTIVEMQ_ADMIN_PASSWORD: The password for admin account. Default to admin
  • ACTIVEMQ_USER_LOGIN: The login to access on web console with user role (no right on broker). Default to user
  • ACTIVEMQ_USER_PASSWORD: The password for user account. Default to user
  • ACTIVEMQ_READ_LOGIN: The login to access with read only role on all queues and topics.
  • ACTIVEMQ_READ_PASSWORD: The password for read account.
  • ACTIVEMQ_WRITE_LOGIN: The login to access with write role on all queues and topics.
  • ACTIVEMQ_WRITE_PASSWORD: The password for write account.
  • ACTIVEMQ_OWNER_LOGIN: The login to access with admin role on all queues and topics.
  • ACTIVEMQ_OWNER_PASSWORD: The password for owner account.
  • ACTIVEMQ_JMX_LOGIN: The login to access with read / write role on JMX. Default to admin
  • ACTIVEMQ_JMX_PASSWORD: The password for JMX account. Default to activemq

  • ACTIVEMQ_STATIC_TOPICS: The list of topics separated by comma witch is created when ActiveMQ start.

  • ACTIVEMQ_STATIC_QUEUES: The list of queues separated by comma witch is created when ActiveMQ start.

Advance configuration

For advance configuration, the best way is to read ActiveMQ documentation and created your own setting file like activemq.xml.
Next, you can mount it when you run this image or you can create your own image (base on this image) and include your specifics config file.

The home of ActiveMQ is in /opt/activemq, so if you want to override all the setting, you can launch docker with -v /your_path/conf:/opt/activemq/conf

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