How to Deploy RabbitMQ on Kubernetes

In this guide, we will walk you through the process of deploying RabbitMQ on Kubernetes(K3s), assuming you already have K3s and Helm installed. Deploying RabbitMQ on Kubernetes can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’re new to the world of containerization and orchestration. However, the process can be simplified by using the right tools and understanding the steps involved.

RabbitMQ is an open-source message broker that supports multiple messaging protocols. It’s lightweight, easy to deploy, and it provides robust messaging for applications.


Deploying RabbitMQ on Kubernetes with Helm

Helm charts are the easiest way to deploy applications on a Kubernetes cluster. For RabbitMQ, we will use the Bitnami RabbitMQ Helm chart. This chart bootstraps a RabbitMQ deployment on a Kubernetes cluster using the Helm package manager.

First, let’s add the Bitnami repository to our Helm:

helm repo add bitnami https://charts.bitnami.com/bitnami

Next, we install the RabbitMQ on Kubernetes Helm chart with the following command:

helm install rabbitmq bitnami/rabbitmq
How to Deploy RabbitMQ on Kubernetes

Replace ‘rabbitmq’ with the name you want for your RabbitMQ deployment.

Verifying the RabbitMQ on Kubernetes Deployment

After deploying RabbitMQ, you can verify the status of your deployment by running:

kubectl get pods

You should see your RabbitMQ pods running.

Verifying the RabbitMQ on Kubernetes Deployment

Accessing RabbitMQ

By forwarding the RabbitMQ service port to your local machine, you can access the RabbitMQ management interface:

kubectl port-forward svc/my-release-rabbitmq 15672:15672
RabbitMQ on Kubernetes web interfaces

The username is “user” and you can find the password by executing the following command:

kubectl get secret --namespace default rabbitmq -o jsonpath="{.data.rabbitmq-password}" | base64 -d
RabbitMQ on Kubernetes password
RabbitMQ on Kubernetes web interfaces

Final Thoughts

Your applications can benefit from a reliable and scalable messaging system by deploying RabbitMQ on Kubernetes. You can deploy RabbitMQ on your Kubernetes cluster quickly and easily using Helm and the Bitnami RabbitMQ chart. Don’t forget to adjust your deployment to meet your needs. Keep in mind that this guide assumes you have a fundamental knowledge of Helm and Kubernetes. Before attempting to deploy RabbitMQ, I advise those who are unfamiliar with these technologies to spend some time getting to know them.


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