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Installing RabbitMQ on macOS: A Comprehensive Guide


RabbitMQ is a popular open-source message broker and queueing system. Installing it on macOS is straightforward and can be done using Homebrew, the package manager for macOS. This guide will walk you through the process of installing RabbitMQ on a macOS system, making it suitable for development and testing purposes.

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Use Case: Local Development and Testing

This guide is ideal for developers who need a local instance of RabbitMQ for development and testing purposes on their macOS machines.

Step-by-Step Guide with Code Samples


  • A macOS machine.
  • Homebrew installed. If you don't have Homebrew, install it from

Step 1: Install Homebrew (if not already installed)

  1. Open Terminal.
  2. Run the Homebrew installation script:
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

Step 2: Install RabbitMQ

  1. Update Homebrew:
brew update
  1. Install RabbitMQ
brew install rabbitmq

Step 3: Configuring PATH

RabbitMQ's sbin directory contains RabbitMQ server and CLI tools. It should be added to your PATH.

  1. Add RabbitMQ to your PATH:

You can add the following line to your .zshrc or .bash_profile, depending on which shell you use:

export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/opt/rabbitmq/sbin
  1. Apply the changes:
source ~/.zshrc
# or
source ~/.bash_profile

Step 4: Start RabbitMQ Server

  1. Start RabbitMQ server:

This command will start the RabbitMQ server in the foreground.

To run RabbitMQ in the background:

brew services start rabbitmq

Step 5: Accessing RabbitMQ Management Console

RabbitMQ comes with a management console, which provides a user-friendly UI for managing and monitoring your RabbitMQ server.

  1. Enable the RabbitMQ management console:
rabbitmq-plugins enable rabbitmq_management
  1. Access the management console:
  • Open a web browser and navigate to http://localhost:15672/.
  • The default username and password are both guest.

Step 6: Verifying the Installation

Check RabbitMQ status:

rabbitmqctl status

This command provides information about the RabbitMQ server status and ensures that it's running correctly.


You have now successfully installed RabbitMQ on your macOS machine, making it ready for local development and testing. The RabbitMQ management console provides an easy way to manage your queues, exchanges, bindings, and more. For more advanced configurations and usage, refer to the official RabbitMQ documentation.