Creating an SQS Listener with Spring Boot


What is Amazon SQS?

Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) is a managed message queue service offered by AWS that enables the decoupling of components within applications. It provides a reliable and scalable messaging solution.

Integrating SQS with Spring Boot allows for building robust, scalable, and loosely coupled microservices. Spring Boot's simplicity, combined with SQS's reliability, makes for an efficient way to handle asynchronous message processing.

Use Cases:

  • Asynchronous Processing: Offloading tasks such as data processing or third-party service calls to background processes.
  • Microservices Communication: Enabling communication between microservices through message passing.
  • Event-Driven Architecture: Building applications that react to events published to the message queue.

Creating an SQS Listener with Spring Boot


  • A Spring Boot environment setup.
  • An AWS account with access to SQS.
  • The spring-cloud-starter-aws-messaging dependency added to your project.
  • Configured AWS credentials, either through AWS CLI, environment variables, or IAM roles.

Implementing an SQS Listener

Step 1: Add Maven Dependency

Add the spring-cloud-starter-aws-messaging dependency to your pom.xml:


Replace YourDesiredVersion with the appropriate version compatible with your Spring Boot application.

Step 2: Configure SQS in

In your or application.yml, add the following properties:

Replace the region and credentials with your AWS region and credentials.

Step 3: Create a Message Listener Service

Create a service class that listens for messages from an SQS queue:

import org.springframework.stereotype.Service;

public class SqsMessageListener {

    public void receiveMessage(String message) {
        System.out.println("Received message: " + message);
        // Implement your business logic

Replace "YourQueueName" with the name of your SQS queue.

Step 4: Run Your Spring Boot Application

Run your Spring Boot application. The listener service will automatically start listening to messages sent to the specified SQS queue.


Creating an SQS listener with Spring Boot simplifies the process of integrating AWS message queuing into Java applications. This setup is ideal for managing asynchronous tasks and inter-service communication in a microservices architecture.

Utilizing SQS with Spring Boot allows for building scalable, resilient applications capable of handling distributed messaging efficiently.