amqp vs amqplib - which Node.js amqp client library is better?

What are the differences between those amqp client libraries? Which one is the most recommended? What are the major differences?


I would recommend amqp.node and bramqp over node-amqp. node-amqp has a lot of bugs and is poorly maintained, and it hides the "channel" concept which introduces a lot of problems for rabbitmq servers (because they are never closed).

I'm the guy that wrote the bramqp library. So I'm going to admit from the start I may be a bit biased. :P

In my opinion, as long as you know the spec, bramqp should work fine. Otherwise, use amqp.node

The following are the amqp libraries available for node.js.

amqplib / amqp.node - promise style, still updated, looks pretty stable and easy

bramqp - provides a full low level access to AMQP functions, not recommended for starting out

amqp-coffee - coffeescript implementation similar to amqp/node-amqp

amqp / node-amqp - popular, fixed API, not updated as often, a few odd bugs, stable but limited

The following libraries use one of the previous libraries, while providing an easier to use interface or adding features

rabbit.js uses amqplib/amqp.node

wascally uses amqplib/amqp.node

amq uses amqplib/amqp.node

amqpea uses bramqp

easy-amqp uses amqp/node-amqp

rabbus uses wascally

I am also going to add node-amqp10 separately, as it can connect to amqp 1.0 servers.

If there are any more that I should add, just let me know.

I have been using node-amqp

npm install amqp

This is the one recommended by RabbitMQ which is why I've been using it. From what I've been doing, this module is more dry and readable compared to the other libraries I have seen.

I used both for a while. At the first glance, it might seem that node-amqp (amqp) is more adequate but it actually has so many bugs and no one is fixing them. For instances,

  1. RabbitMQ's MQTT and STOMP adapter should allow communication between clients using those 2 protocols with clients using AMQP, but node-amqp just fails to parse messages sent by MQTT or STOMP, while amqp.node (amqplib) can.
  2. node-amqp (amqp) has implemented auto-reconnecting and so doesn't throw exceptions on accidental disconnection. That means you will be forced to use the built-in reconnecting, you can't detect disconnection and handle it yourself. However, its reconnecting always double the number of connections. It will exhaust both client and server eventually. I'd rather code my own reconnecting function with amqp.node (amqplib).

I tested it with broker provided by, it's a good one so the blame should be of the library. Implementing a perfect library in Node.js is tough though.

By the way, you can find a full set of example code using amqp.node (amqplib) in 5 scenarios at and the documentation at

Just started learning rabbitmq myself. I've found from other blogs that ampq.node is well accepted. Another one that I've found (not tested) is from wascally. worth a mention too. It's built on top of amqplib, and has a set of useful features like auto reconnection logic, configuration based subscription / publication and good support for TDD.

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