activemq Apache ActiveMQ

Managing and Monitoring Apache ActiveMQ

Apache ActiveMQ is an open source message broker written in JAVA. It provides highly scalable high performance message handling on a number of protocols including: JMS, AMPQ, OpenWire, STOMP and MQTT.


The Instana agent will automatically detect the presence of Apache ActiveMQ and install the sensor for it along with the sensors for the JVM and process it is running on. Additionally sensors for the OS and if running inside a container the sensor for Docker are also installed. The only manual step is to ensure that JMX is enabled for the broker. This level of automation reduces the effort required by the operations team to set up and maintain the monitoring. Rapidly start sending metric data with the minimum of work required.ActiveMQ-dash

Typical metrics that are tracked include:

  • Queues
  • Topics
  • Connections
  • Memory

See the documentation for a complete list.

Health Management

Instana will track the metrics and health signatures of Apache ActiveMQ with 1-second granularity and raise an Event within 3 seconds if they go out of bounds. The use of Machine Learning applied to pattern detection together with a curated knowledge base acting on the collected raw metrics, is what makes Instana different to other monitoring solutions. The intelligence is built in, there is no need to spend time creating and maintaining numerous health rules to trigger alerts.

Configuration Changes

Instana will detect configuration changes and tack them on the timeline. See how changes to configuration affect application performance.


Ready to start? Read the installation documentation.