Getting Started


Up to release 8.0.0 SwiftMQ requires a JDK/JRE 1.4 or higher installed on your computer. Starting with release 8.1.0 a JDK/JRE 1.5 or higher is required. To use SwiftMQ Streams from up to SwiftMQ 10.0.0 you need JavaSE 1.6 or higher. To make all scripts work contained in the distribution, the "java" executable must be in your PATH. To check this, call

      java -version

If the Java VM starts and displays its version number, then it's ok. Otherwise, put your JDK/JRE "bin" directory into your PATH environment variable.


There is no special installation required. Simply unpack the SwiftMQ distribution archive.

Distribution Content

After you have unpacked the archive, you will find the following directory structure below the distribution's top-level directory:

Directory Content
adminstreams contains admin streams for the Streams Swiftlet
conf contains configuration files for 2 routers, connected as a mini network
doc contains the online documentation
jars contains all jar files, incl. jms, jndi, jsse
j2ee contains SwiftMQ's JMS resource adapter (Connector 1.5 spec)
kernel contains all jar and config meta data of all Kernel Swiftlets
deploy base directory for hot deployment of Swiftlets
jmsapp base directory for hot deployment of JMS applications
extensions contains deployment bundles of Swiftlets
log contains 2 subdirs for router1 and router2 to store their logs
optional-swiftlets/extension Optional Extension Swiftlets.
optional-swiftlets/kernel Optional Kernel Swiftlet Replacements.
samples contains the original JMS examples from Sun plus an example of a CLI-based administration client
scripts contains 2 subdirs with startscripts for each router in Unix and Windows format
store store directory for router1 and router2
trace if trace is enabled, the routers trace their output into their subdirs

Example Configuration

This distribution contains an example configuration with 2 SwiftMQ routers, connected as a mini network. The routers have the logical names "router1" and "router2" where "router2" connects to "router1".


Authentication is disabled, so you can use all resources without defining special grants. To login, use either the anonymous user (no username, no password) or the administrator account (username "admin", password "secret").


Each router has a JMS listener; router1 on port 4001, router2 on port 4002. The JMS listeners on both routers are using the


Each router has an AMQP listener; router1 on port 5672 and 5671 (SSL), router2 on port 5772 and 5771 (SSL).

Point-to-Point Resources

Both routers have a predefined queue "testqueue" which can be looked up via JNDI on "testqueue@router1" resp. "testqueue@router2".

Pub/Sub Resources

There is one predefined topic "testtopic" which can be looked up via JNDI under this name.

Starting the Routers

Go to the "scripts" directory and switch to the subfolder that matches your platform. Then start the router startup scripts as follows:


Both routers are now up, running, and connected.

Starting CLI

To start CLI, SwiftMQ's command line interface, perform a


from the platform subfolder of the "scripts" directory. As username/password press the return key (anonymous) or use "admin", password "secret".

Starting SwiftMQ Explorer

If you like to use SwiftMQ Explorer, the graphical administration console, go to your platform subfolder of the "scripts" directory and perform a


When the SwiftMQ Explorer appears on your screen, go to menu "Connection" and perform a "Connect...". A dialog window asks you about JNDI provider URL, name of the queue connection factory, username/password. Leave the fields untouched and press the "Connect" button. After a few seconds you will see 2 new router nodes in the left "Navigator" frame.


There are several JMS, AMQP, CLI and router network examples included in the "samples" directory. There is also a Readme.txt in the samples directory which you may consult before using it.