How to install Apache ActiveMQ on CentOS 8

Welcome to today’s guide on how to install Apache ActiveMQ on CentOS 8. Apache ActiveMQ is an open source and most popular multi-protocol messaging server written in Java. Apache ActiveMQ enables you to send messages from one application (sender) to another (receiver / consumer). The message broker has a reasonable level of functionality, support for client libraries, and mature documentation that you can refer to.

Main features of Apache ActiveMQ

This is a summary of the key Apache ActiveMQ.

Install Apache ActiveMQ on CentOS 8

This blog post was written to guide you through the Apache ActiveMQ installation on a CentOS 8 Linux distribution. This step is easy to perform and does not require a good Linux background.

Step 1: Install Java

First install Java on CentOS 8:

Install Java 11 on CentOS 8

Install Java 8 on CentOS 8

Step 2: Download Apache ActiveMQ on CentOS 8

Visit Apache ActiveMQ download Page for the latest Apache ActiveMQ.


Unzip the downloaded file.

tar xvf apache-activemq-5.15.11-bin.tar.gz

Move the created directory / Select path.

sudo mv apache-activemq-*/ /opt/apache-activemq

This is a list of files in the directory.

$ ls -lh /opt/apache-activemq/
total 18M
-rwxr-xr-x. 1 cloud-user cloud-user  18M Nov 20 19:59 activemq-all-5.15.11.jar
drwxrwxr-x. 5 cloud-user cloud-user  147 Mar  6 21:14 bin
drwxr-xr-x. 2 cloud-user cloud-user 4.0K Mar  6 21:14 conf
drwxr-xr-x. 2 cloud-user cloud-user   26 Mar  6 21:14 data
drwxr-xr-x. 2 cloud-user cloud-user   76 Mar  6 21:14 docs
drwxr-xr-x. 7 cloud-user cloud-user   71 Nov 20 20:25 examples
drwxr-xr-x. 6 cloud-user cloud-user 4.0K Mar  6 21:14 lib
-rw-r--r--. 1 cloud-user cloud-user  40K Nov 20 20:25 LICENSE
-rw-r--r--. 1 cloud-user cloud-user 3.3K Nov 20 20:25 NOTICE
-rw-r--r--. 1 cloud-user cloud-user 2.6K Nov 20 20:25 README.txt
drwxr-xr-x. 6 cloud-user cloud-user   95 Mar  6 21:14 webapps
drwxrwxr-x. 3 cloud-user cloud-user   18 Mar  6 21:14 webapps-demo

Step 3: Create Apache ActiveMQ System Unit on CentOS 8

Create an activemq user to run the service.

sudo useradd activemq

Set directory permissions.

sudo chown -R activemq:activemq /opt/apache-activemq/

We will create a Systemd unit file to manage the Apache ActiveMQ service.

$ sudo vim /etc/systemd/system/apache-activemq.service

Description=Apache ActiveMQ Messaging Server


ExecStart=/opt/apache-activemq/bin/activemq start
ExecStop=/opt/apache-activemq/bin/activemq stop


Reload the list of available Systemd service unit files.

sudo systemctl daemon-reload 

Put SELinux in relaxed mode.

sudo setenforce 0
sudo sed -i 's/^SELINUX=.*/SELINUX=permissive/g' /etc/selinux/config

Now start and enable the service.

sudo systemctl enable apache-activemq.service
sudo systemctl start apache-activemq.service

Confirm service status:

$ systemctl status  apache-activemq.service 
● apache-activemq.service - Apache ActiveMQ Messaging Server
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/apache-activemq.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: active (running) since Fri 2020-03-06 22:06:09 EAT; 5s ago
  Process: 4306 ExecStop=/opt/apache-activemq/bin/activemq stop (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
  Process: 4680 ExecStart=/opt/apache-activemq/bin/activemq start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Main PID: 4732 (java)
    Tasks: 14 (limit: 11512)
   Memory: 91.9M
   CGroup: /system.slice/apache-activemq.service
           └─4732 /usr/bin/java -Xms64M -Xmx1G>

Mar 06 22:06:09 cent8.novalocal systemd[1]: Starting Apache ActiveMQ Messaging Server...
Mar 06 22:06:09 cent8.novalocal activemq[4680]: INFO: Loading '/opt/apache-activemq//bin/env'
Mar 06 22:06:09 cent8.novalocal activemq[4680]: INFO: Using java '/usr/bin/java'
Mar 06 22:06:09 cent8.novalocal activemq[4680]: INFO: Starting - inspect logfiles specified in and to get details
Mar 06 22:06:09 cent8.novalocal activemq[4680]: INFO: pidfile created : '/opt/apache-activemq//data/' (pid '4732')
Mar 06 22:06:09 cent8.novalocal systemd[1]: Started Apache ActiveMQ Messaging Server.

Step 4: Change the administrator user password

Change the default administrator user password to a unique password.

$ sudo vi /opt/apache-activemq/conf/

The user definitions in this file take the following form:

username: password [,rolename ...]

I have updated my following.

admin: MyAdminPassw0rd, admin
user: MyUserPassw0rd, user

After making changes, restart the apache-activemq service.

sudo systemctl restart apache-activemq

Verify that authentication is valid, replace password Use your password:

curl --head --user admin:MyAdminPassw0rd http://localhost:8161/admin/xml/topics.jsp


HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2020 19:41:51 GMT
X-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block
X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff
Set-Cookie: JSESSIONID=node0yqbxi60ra47n1fysq6zgx2lte0.node0; Path=/admin; HttpOnly
Expires: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 GMT
Content-Type: text/xml;charset=iso-8859-1
Content-Length: 187
Server: Jetty(9.4.22.v20191022)

A kind 200 An OK message should be displayed. A kind 401 unauthorized The message indicates that your username or password is incorrect.

Step 5: Access the Apache ActiveMQ web console

The web console will run on the port 8161. Open the server IP address / hostname to access the ActiveMQ web console.

Authenticate using the username and password you created.

You should be provided with an ActiveMQ web interface that looks similar to the following.

How to install Apache ActiveMQ on CentOS 8

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