The Nuwber RabbitEvents package

v7.1.1 2022-11-18 08:54 UTC


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Let's imagine a use case: the User made a payment. You need to handle this payment, register the user, send him emails, send analytics data to your analysis system, and so on. The modern infrastructure requires you to create microservices that are doing their specific job and only it: one handles payments, one is for the user management, one is the mailing system, one is for the analysis. How to let all of them know that a payment succeeded and handle this message? The answer is "To use RabbitEvents".

Once again, the RabbitEvents library helps you to publish an event and handle it in another app. No sense to use it in the same app, because Laravel's Events works for this better.

Table of contents

  1. Installation via Composer
  2. Upgrade from 6.x to 7.x
  3. Publisher component
  4. Listener component
  5. Console commands
  6. Examples
  7. Non-standard use

Installation via Composer

You may use Composer to install RabbitEvents into your Laravel project:

composer require nuwber/rabbitevents


After installing RabbitEvents, publish its config and a service provider using the rabbitevents:install Artisan command:

php artisan rabbitevents:install

This command installs the config file at config/rabbitevents.php and the Service Provider file at app/providers/RabbitEventsServiceProvider.php.

The config file is very similar to the queue connection, but with the separate config, you'll never be confused if you have another connection to RabbitMQ.

use Enqueue\AmqpTools\RabbitMqDlxDelayStrategy;

return [
    'default' => env('RABBITEVENTS_CONNECTION', 'rabbitmq'),
    'connections' => [
        'rabbitmq' => [
            'driver' => 'rabbitmq',
            'exchange' => env('RABBITEVENTS_EXCHANGE', 'events'),
            'host' => env('RABBITEVENTS_HOST', 'localhost'),
            'port' => env('RABBITEVENTS_PORT', 5672),
            'user' => env('RABBITEVENTS_USER', 'guest'),
            'pass' => env('RABBITEVENTS_PASSWORD', 'guest'),
            'vhost' => env('RABBITEVENTS_VHOST', 'events'),
            'delay_strategy' => env('RABBITEVENTS_DELAY_STRATEGY', RabbitMqDlxDelayStrategy::class),
            'ssl' => [
                'is_enabled' => env('RABBITEVENTS_SSL_ENABLED', false),
                'verify_peer' => env('RABBITEVENTS_SSL_VERIFY_PEER', true),
                'cafile' => env('RABBITEVENTS_SSL_CAFILE'),
                'local_cert' => env('RABBITEVENTS_SSL_LOCAL_CERT'),
                'local_key' => env('RABBITEVENTS_SSL_LOCAL_KEY'),
                'passphrase' => env('RABBITEVENTS_SSL_PASSPHRASE', ''),
            'read_timeout' => env('RABBITEVENTS_READ_TIMEOUT', 3.),
            'write_timeout' => env('RABBITEVENTS_WRITE_TIMEOUT', 3.),
            'connection_timeout' => env('RABBITEVENTS_CONNECTION_TIMEOUT', 3.),
            'heartbeat' => env('RABBITEVENTS_HEARTBEAT', 0),
            'persisted' => env('RABBITEVENTS_PERSISTED', false),
            'lazy' => env('RABBITEVENTS_LAZY', true),
            'qos' => [
                'global' => env('RABBITEVENTS_QOS_GLOBAL', false),
                'prefetch_size' => env('RABBITEVENTS_QOS_PREFETCH_SIZE', 0),
                'prefetch_count' => env('RABBITEVENTS_QOS_PREFETCH_COUNT', 1),
    'logging' => [
        'enabled' => env('RABBITEVENTS_LOG_ENABLED', false),
        'level' => env('RABBITEVENTS_LOG_LEVEL', 'info'),
        'channel' => env('RABBITEVENTS_LOG_CHANNEL'),

Upgrade from 6.x to 7.x

For better support and simplifying of RabbitEvents, it is now split into 3 Sub-Packages:

If you've been using RabbitEvents as is, without any changes, it shouldn't impact your application.

If you have extended the functionality of the library in your application, you must revise your code because there were many huge changes in terms of simplifying the code.

PHP 8.0 required

Rabbitevents now requires PHP 8.0 or greater.

Supported Laravel versions

Rabbitevents now supports Laravel 8.0 or greater.

Namespaces change

The main namespace was changed from Nuwber\Events to RabbitEvents.

RabbitEventsServiceProvider changes

The RabbitEventsServiceProvider now extends \RabbitEvents\Listener\ListenerServiceProvider.

The $listen attribute now looks like protected array $listen => [];. Typehint array is retuired.

Logging configuration

The logging configuration part was moved from a connection to the first level of the configuration. The old configuration is still supported but will be removed in the next releases.

\Illuminate\Queue is not the requirement anymore

To avoid confusion from Illuminate\Queue component, the dependency from this package was removed. If you've been using this package on your fork or extension you should add this package in your composer.json as a requirement. In terms of this avoidance, the Job class was renamed to Handler. If you are listening to Events from the previous version please replace them to new ones. Now the list of events is: ListenerHandling, ListenerHandled, ListenerHandleFailed, ListenerHandlerExceptionOccurred and MessageProcessingFailed.

RabbitEvents Publisher

The RabbitEvents Publisher component provides an API to publish events across the application structure. More information about how it works you could find on the RabbitEvents Publisher page.

RabbitEvents Listener

The RabbitEvents Listener component provides an API to handle events that were published across the application structure. More information about how it works you could find on the RabbitEvents Listener page.

Console commands

Command rabbitevents:listen

There is the command which is registers events in RabbitMQ:

php artisan rabbitevents:listen --memory=512 --tries=3 --sleep=5

This command registers a separate queue in RabbitMQ bound to an event. As the only rabbitevents:listen registers a queue, you should run this command before you start to publish your events. Nothing will happen if you publish an event first, but it will not be handled by a Listener without the first run.

You could start listening to an event only by using rabbitevents:listen command, so you have to use some system such as Supervisor or pm2 to control your listeners.

If your listener crashes, then managers will rerun your listener and all messages sent to a queue will be handled in the same order as they were sent. There is the known problem: as queues are separated and you have messages that affect the same entity there's no guarantee that all actions will be done in an expected order. To avoid such problems you can send message time as a part of the payload and handle it internally in your listeners.


  • --service=. When a queue starts the name of the service becomes a part of a queue name: By default, service is the APP_NAME from your .env. You could override the first part of a queue name by this option.
  • --connection=. The name of connection specified in the config/rabbitevents.php config file. Default: rabbitmq.
  • --memory=128. The memory limit in megabytes. The RabbitEvents have restarting a worker if limit exceeded.
  • --timeout=60. The number of seconds a massage could be handled.
  • --tries=1. Number of times to attempt to handle a Message before logging it failed.
  • --sleep=5. Sleep time in seconds before handling failed message next time.
  • --quiet. No console output

Command rabbitevents:list

To get the list of all registered events please use the command rabbitevents:list.

php artisan rabbitevents:list

Non-standard use

If you're using only one of parts of RabbitEvents, you should know a few things:

  1. You remember, we're using RabbitMQ as the transport layer. In the RabbitMQ Documentation you could find examples how to publish your messages using a routing key. This is an event name like something.happened from examples above.

  2. RabbitEvents expects that a message body is a JSON encoded array. Every element of an array will be passed to a Listener as a separate variable. Example:

    "key": "value"  

There'e 3 elements of an array, so 3 variables will be passed to a Listener (array, string and integer). If an associative array is being passed, the Dispatcher wraps this array by itself.