Dead Drop Messaging Queue

ddmq is a file based and serverless messaging queue, aimed at providing a low throughput* messaging queue when you don’t want to rely on a server process to handle your requests. It will create a directory for every queue you create and each message is stored as a JSON objects in a file. ddmq will keep track of which messages has been consumed and will requeue messages that have not been acknowledged by the consumers after a set timeout. Since there is no server handling the messages, the houskeeping is done by the clients as they interact with the queue.

ddmq is written in Python and should work for both Python 2.7+ and Python 3+, and can also be run as a command-line tool either by specifying the order as options and arguments, or by supplying the operation as a JSON object.

* It could handle ~5000-6000 messages per minute (not via CLI) on a SSD based laptop (~10% of RabbitMQ on the same hardware), but other processes competing for file access will impact performance.

Key Features

  • serverless
  • file based
  • first in - first out, within the same priority level
  • outputs plain text, json or yaml
  • input json packaged operations via command-line
  • global and queue specific settings
    • custom message expiry time lengths
    • limit the number of times a message will be requeued after exipry
  • message specific settings
    • set custom priority of messages (all integers >= 0 are valid, lower number = higher priority)
    • all other message properties can also be changed per message


pip install ddmq

Command-Line Usage

$ ddmq create -f /tmp/ddmq queue_name
$ ddmq publish /tmp/ddmq queue_name "Hello World!"
$ ddmq consume /tmp/ddmq queue_name

Python Module Usage

import ddmq
b ='/tmp/ddmq', create=True)
b.publish(queue='queue_name', msg_text='Hello World!')
msg = b.consume(queue='queue_name')


“ddmq: command not found” when trying to run the command-line tool This is likely because the location where pip installs the ddmq executable is not in your PATH. Run the following commands to print out the location where it is installed:

import ddmq