Installing RabbitMQ on Mac OS X

The following instructions are for installing RabbitMQ on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).

Before starting be sure that the Xcode Tools have been installed and that Erlang is installed. If it is not, this

post will take you through the necessary steps to get it installed.

Set the PATH

First, launch the Terminal program found in /Applications/Utilities. The PATH tells the Terminal where to find the applications that are about to be installed.

The PATH variable determines where your system searches for command-line programs. You’ll need to set it so that it can find the new apps you’re about to install.

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If you are using Textmate you can use the following command. If you are not using Textmate, open the same file (~/.profile) in your editor of choice.

$ mate ~/.profile

The following line needs to be added to the end of the file.

$ export PATH="/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/sbin:$PATH"

After saving the file, return to Terminal and run the following command:

$ source ~/.profile


First we need a place to download and compile RabbitMQ. Once the installation is complete the folder can be removed.

From the terminal run the following command to make the folder that we will use to download and compile RabbitMQ:

$ mkdir ~/src && cd ~/src

Download AMQP and unarchive it:

$ curl -O
$ tar -xzf rabbitmq-server-1.7.2.tar.gz
$ cd rabbitmq-server-1.7.2

Compile and Install

$ make
$ sudo make install TARGET_DIR=/usr/local/rabbitmq-server \
                    SBIN_DIR=/usr/local/bin \

This will install RabbitMQ to the /usr/local directory.


To run simple use the following command:

$ sudo rabbitmq-server

Congratulations! You are now running RabbitMQ.

Clean Up

Now you can go ahead an remove the directory that we created at the start to hold the source code and compile it.

$ cd ~/
$ rm -rf ~/src