Chapter 1. Overview

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AMQ .NET is a lightweight AMQP 1.0 library for the .NET platform. It enables you to write .NET applications that send and receive AMQP messages.

AMQ .NET is part of AMQ Clients, a suite of messaging libraries supporting multiple languages and platforms. For an overview of the clients, see AMQ Clients Overview. For information about this release, see AMQ Clients 2.11 Release Notes.

AMQ .NET is based on AMQP.Net Lite. For detailed API documentation, see the AMQ .NET API reference.

1.1. Key features

  • SSL/TLS for secure communication
  • Flexible SASL authentication
  • Seamless conversion between AMQP and native data types
  • Access to all the features and capabilities of AMQP 1.0
  • An integrated development environment with full IntelliSense API documentation

1.2. Supported standards and protocols

AMQ .NET supports the following industry-recognized standards and network protocols:

1.3. Supported configurations

Refer to Red Hat AMQ Supported Configurations on the Red Hat Customer Portal for current information regarding AMQ .NET supported configurations.

1.4. Terms and concepts

This section introduces the core API entities and describes how they operate together.

Table 1.1. API terms


A channel for communication between two peers on a network


A context for sending and receiving messages

Sender link

A channel for sending messages to a target

Receiver link

A channel for receiving messages from a source


A named point of origin for messages


A named destination for messages


A mutable holder of application data

AMQ .NET sends and receives messages. Messages are transferred between connected peers over links. Links are established over sessions. Sessions are established over connections.

A sending peer creates a sender link to send messages. The sender link has a target that identifies a queue or topic at the remote peer. A receiving client creates a receiver link to receive messages. The receiver link has a source that identifies a queue or topic at the remote peer.

1.5. Document conventions

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