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From Sinatra to Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS)

29 Aug 2014 / ruby

Amazon provides Simple Queue Service also knows as SQS. It is a fast, reliable, scalable, fully managed message queuing service in the cloud that you can use from your applications. I've decided to write a simple Sinatra application that pushes messages to queue and then on the other side worker that reads that messages. This is how I did it...

Example application

Create some common boot.rb file where you put your "initialisation" code in - something like this will work:

require 'bundler/setup'

# Use this to load my '.env' that contains AWS credentials
require 'dotenv'; Dotenv.load

# We are using Amazon Ruby SDK
require 'aws-sdk'

# We configure AWS Ruby SDK
  access_key_id: ENV.fetch('AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID'),
  secret_access_key: ENV.fetch('AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY')

# We get SQS Web Service
sqs =

QUEUE = sqs.queues[ENV.fetch('AWS_QUEUE_URL')]

Simple Sinatra web app.rb that sends message yo your Amazon SQS if you visit /smoke.

require_relative 'boot'
require 'sinatra'

get '/smoke' do
  message = QUEUE.send_message({email: "", at:}.to_json.to_s)
  "Message was sent to Amazon SQS with id #{}.\n"

Create another file - name it worker.rb - that will subscribe to your Amazon SQS queue and pull messages.

require_relative 'boot'

QUEUE.poll do |msg|
  object = JSON.load(msg.body) rescue {}
  puts "Got your email #{object['email']} at #{object['at']}."

My local .env file contains credentials and URL to SQA queue.


Running it

Then you simply startup your Sinatra app and worker like so

ruby app.rb # in one terminal
ruby worker.rb # in another terminal

If you then visit /smoke you will see something like this - meaning that job was scheduled.

Message was sent to Amazon SQS with id 788e5e28-8055-4c8f-bb51-c634c327a021.

And in your worker terminal you'll see

Got your email at 2014-08-29T15:20:38+02:00.

Now, you don't have to limit yourself to just one worker... You can have as many as you like, one message will be processed only on one worker by default. Another note here is that we are sending JSON as message thats why I've used JSON.load in worker. Amazon SQS sends/receives plain text messages.

And thats how you use Amazon SQS. ;)

P.s.: This is code that I also wrote on SO for someone.

P.s.s.: Source code of example application can be found on my GitHub.

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