Message Queuing

Message queuing guide for different message queue services

Message queuing allows users to invoke function in an asynchronous way by sending messages. Following, we will see how Fission supports message queuing and how your functions getting invoked.

Message Queuing in Fission

Since all functions are invoked by HTTP calls, in order to support message queuing a component called MQTrigger, which sit between message queue and user function, is introduced to subscribe to different message topics and invoke function when needed.

The MQTrigger keeps watching the CRD changes of message queue trigger (

$ fission mqtrigger create --name hello --function node --topic foobar

When a message queue trigger was created with the command above, the MQTrigger first subscribes to the topic foobar and waits for messages being published to message queue. As long as MQTrigger receives a message from certain topic, it then sends a POST HTTP call to function node with the content body of message.

We may also want to receive success/error response after each function invocation. To achieve this, you can add additional --resptopic and --errortopic flags when creating message queue trigger.

$ fission mqtrigger create --name hello --function node --topic foobar \
    --resptopic foo --errortopic bar --maxretries 3

If a function returns with 200 HTTP status code, the MQTrigger will send the response body to resptopic; otherwise, MQTrigger will retry multiple times until reach maxretries and sends to errortopic if all invocations failed.

Currently, only nats-streaming type message queue trigger supports error topic.

Message Queue Supportability

Fission now supports following kinds of message queue:

How to Add New Message Queue Support

We are always looking forward to any contribution. To add new message queue, you need to implement the MessageQueue interface and see here for current existing implementations.

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