Simple Queue Service

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SQS – Simple Queue Service

Message Size – 256kb

Message Attributes:

  • Name
  • Type (String/Binary/Number)
  • Value – user value

URL : The following is the queue URL for a queue named MyQueue owned by a user with the AWS account number 123456789012.

Key Terms:

  • Receipt Handle – each time you recieve a message you get a different receipt handle, this is used to handle when you request to delete a message
  • Message Deduplication Id – the token used for deduplication of sent messages, any messages sent with same aren’t delivered during 5 minute deduplication interval
  • Message Group Id – group identifier
  • Sequence number
  • Inflight Message – message received but not yet deleted
  • Dead Letter Queue – Queue for others queues to target for messages that can’t be processed, this allow messages to be isolated and help determine why it wasn’t procesed.

Two Types of Queues:

  • Standard
    • high throughput
    • guaranteed at least once delivery (can be more than once)
  • FIFO
    • ordered messages
    • first in first out delivery

Visibility Timeout (default 30 seconds, Maximum: 12 hours.)

 When a consumer receives and processes a message from a queue, it remains in the queue AWS does not automatically delete the message, consumer must request a delete. This is because queue service are in a distributed system there is no guarantee the message has been received already (ie connection broken, component fail etc)

A message once received, to prevent other consumer to reprocess the message, there is a visibility timeout, which a message is not visible to other components. (not a guarantee for standard queues)

Increasing the visibility timeout will decrease cost over time.

You can turn off visibility timeout
How it works:

Delay Queues

Works similar like visibility timeout, except message is invisible when first added to queue:

Long Polling

Long polling reduces number of empty responses by allowing SQS to wait until a message is available before sending a response. it returns a message as soon as any messages becomes available.

By default SQS uses short polling, querying only a subset of the servers to determine whether any messages are available. Short Polling occurs when WaitTimeSeconds parameter of a message is set to 0.

Short polling may fail to retrieve messages sometimes, but if no messages can be retrieved after multiple attempts, permissions are the more likely cause.


1 million messages free per month under free tier

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