How to Install RabbitMQ with Erlang/OTP on Ubuntu Linux

RabbitMQ is a lightweight and popular open-source message broker which supports multiple messaging protocols that have been widely deployed by many enterprises.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to easily install RabbitMQ with Erlang/OTP support on Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 and 18.04.

RabbitMQ supports Advanced Message Queuing Protocol, multiple messaging protocols delivery acknowledgment, flexible routing, and many more. Many enterprises and businesses are using this advanced open-source application to manage their mail processes.

If you haven’t installed it before, the steps below are a great place to start.

Install Erlang/OTP

RabbitMQ needs Erlang/OTP to run. However, Erlang/OTP packages in standard Debian and Ubuntu also can be quite outdated. Consider installing a newer version, such as To install the latest version of Erlang, add the repository below

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/erlang.list'

After adding the repository above, run the commands below to add the repository key

sudo apt-key add erlang_solutions.asc

After that, run the commands below to install Erland/OTP

sudo apt update
sudo apt install erlang

Add RabbitMQ Repository to Ubuntu

To install RabbitMQ on Ubuntu 16.04 and 17.10 easily, add its repository. to do that run the commands below. At the time of this writing, the repository below didn’t support Ubuntu 18.04. After 18.04 is released, the commands below should work on it as well.

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/rabbitmq.list'

After running the commands above, run the commands below to add the repository key to Ubuntu.

wget -O- | sudo apt-key add -
wget -O- | sudo apt-key add -

After adding the RabbitMQ repository and key, run the commands below to install the RabbitMQ package

sudo apt update
sudo apt install rabbitmq-server

After installing, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable RabbitMQ to always start up when the server boots.

sudo systemctl enable rabbitmq-server
sudo systemctl start rabbitmq-server
sudo systemctl stop rabbitmq-server

Enable RabbitMQ Web Console

RabbitMQ also provides and web management console for easy management. To enable it, run the commands below

sudo rabbitmq-plugins enable rabbitmq_management

After that, open your browser and browse to the server name or IP address followed by port # 15672


You should see the RabbitMQ web management console to log on. the default username and password are guests.

Username: guest

Password:  guest

RabbitMQ Ubuntu install

Log in and begin configuring your server

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On Ubuntu 18.04, you’ll have to manually install Erlang/OTP package from the link below:


RabbitMQ Deb packages from the link below:

After 18.04 is fully released, the repositories above should work and allow you to easily install.


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