Consume messages from AMQP 1.0 endpoints via sources and send messages to AMQP 1.0 endpoints via targets.


When messages are sent in Ditto Protocol (as UTF-8 encoded String payload), the content-type of AMQP 1.0 messages must be set to:


If messages which are not in Ditto Protocol should be processed, a payload mapping must be configured for the AMQP 1.0 connection in order to transform the messages.

AMQP 1.0 properties

Supported AMQP 1.0 properties which are interpreted in a specific way are:

  • content-type: for defining the Ditto Protocol content-type
  • correlation-id: for correlating request messages to responses

Specific connection configuration

The common configuration for connections in Connections > Sources and Connections > Targets applies here as well. Following are some specifics for AMQP 1.0 connections:

Source format

Any source item defines an addresses array of source identifiers (e.g. Eclipse Hono’s Telemetry API) to consume messages from and authorizationContext array that contains the authorization subjects in whose context inbound messages are processed. These subjects may contain placeholders, see placeholders section for more information.

  "addresses": [
  "authorizationContext": ["ditto:inbound-auth-subject", "..."]

Target format

An AMQP 1.0 connection requires the protocol configuration target object to have an address property with a source identifier. The target address may contain placeholders; see placeholders section for more information.

Target addresses for AMQP 1.0 are by default handled as AMQP 1.0 “queues”. There is however the possibility to also configure AMQP 1.0 “topics” as well. In order to be more specific, the following formats for the address are supported:

  • the-queue-name (when configuring w/o prefix, the address is handled as “queue”)
  • queue://the-queue-name
  • topic://the-topic-name

Further, "topics" is a list of strings, each list entry representing a subscription of Ditto protocol topics, see target topics and filtering for more information on that.

Outbound messages are published to the configured target address if one of the subjects in "authorizationContext" has READ permission on the Thing, that is associated with a message.

  "address": "<target>",
  "topics": [
  "authorizationContext": ["ditto:outbound-auth-subject", "..."]

Specific configuration properties

The specific configuration properties are interpreted as JMS Configuration options. Use these to customize and tweak your connection as needed.

Establishing connecting to an AMQP 1.0 endpoint

Ditto’s Connectivity service is responsible for creating new and managing existing connections.

This can be done dynamically at runtime without the need to restart any microservice using a Ditto DevOps command.

Example connection configuration to create a new AMQP 1.0 connection:

  "id": "hono-example-connection-123",
  "connectionType": "amqp-10",
  "connectionStatus": "open",
  "failoverEnabled": true,
  "uri": "amqps://",
  "sources": [
      "addresses": [
      "authorizationContext": ["ditto:inbound-auth-subject"]
  "targets": [
      "address": "events/twin",
      "topics": [
      "authorizationContext": ["ditto:outbound-auth-subject"]