How To Install Apache ActiveMQ on CentOS 8

Install Apache ActiveMQ on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Apache ActiveMQ on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Apache ActiveMQ is a free, multi-protocol, Java-based message broker software written in Java. It supports industry-standard protocols that allow communication between separate applications.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Apache ActiveMQ on the CentOS 8 system.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Apache ActiveMQ on CentOS 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf clean all
sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing Java.

Apache ActiveMQ is a Java-based application so Java must be installed in your system:

sudo dnf install java-11-openjdk-devel

Step 3. Download Apache ActiveMQ on CentOS 8.

Download the latest version of ActiveMQ from their official website. You can download it using the following command:

wget https://www.apache.org/dist/activemq/5.15.12/apache-activemq-5.15.12-bin.tar.gz

Once downloaded, extract the downloaded file:

tar -xvzf apache-activemq-5.15.12-bin.tar.gz
mv apache-activemq-5.15.12 apache-activemq

Next, create an ActiveMQ user for running the service:

useradd activemq
chown -R activemq:activemq /opt/apache-activemq/

Step 4. Create Apache ActiveMQ Systemd.

We’ll create a Systemd unit file for managing the Apache ActiveMQ service:

nano /etc/systemd/system/apache-activemq.service

Add the following lines:

Description=Apache ActiveMQ Messaging Server


ExecStart=/opt/apache-activemq/bin/activemq start
ExecStop=/opt/apache-activemq/bin/activemq stop


Save the file. Then reload the systemd manager configuration to read the newly created service, using the following command:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl start apache-activemq
systemctl enable apache-activemq

Step 5. Configure Firewall.

You will need to allow ports 80 and 8161 through firewalld. You can allow them with the following command:

firewall-cmd --zone=public --permanent --add-port=8161/tcp
firewall-cmd --zone=public --permanent --add-port=80/tcp
firewall-cmd --reload

Step 6. Accessing Apache ActiveMQ.

ActiveMQ will be available on HTTP port 8161 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://your-domain.com/8161/admin/ or http://your-server-ip/8161/admin/ and you should be prompted for a username and password. The default is admin/admin

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Apache ActiveMQ on CentOS 8. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Apache ActiveMQ on CentOS 8 systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Apache ActiveMQ website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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