QueueExplorer 4 Beta – next gen queue manager

QueueExplorer 4 is finally available for Beta testing. It’s been a long wait but not without a reason. It was overhauled to support multiple queueing systems, and for start we added support for ActiveMQ.

There are lot of improvements for MSMQ users as well. You no longer have to wait big queues to load, messages now show up progressively as soon as they are received. Neither you have to press F5 to refresh queues and messages as they are refreshed in the background, with new/updated stuff flashing for few seconds to easily see changes.


For Professional edition you can now extract business data from your messages using XPath, JSON or Regex. That business data is then displayed as a new column, and you can see, filter, or sort it.

Also, you can create your own folders to organize queues. Just drag and drop queues there or set up wildcard filtering. For example you can use “test*” and have all test queues grouped there. In that case folder will dynamically update itself to include newly created queues which fit wildcard search.

This is just a quick glance on new features, you can check full list and download Beta here:

Full list of improvements in QueueExplorer 4

QueueExplorer for ActiveMQ

Yes, that’s right. We’re extending support to other queueing systems beyond MSMQ. First pick was ActiveMQ. More to come in the future.

You’ll be able to use more or less all features available to MSMQ users – copy/paste messages, save/load to files, create test messages, bulk sending for performance tests, etc. Standard message views like JSON, XML, Text, Hex will continue to work as well. We’ll also cover ActiveMQ specific features. Message properties and headers will be available for filtering and editing, allowing you to quickly find relevant message and change it if needed.

QueueExplorer for ActiveMQ

ActiveMQ Topics

One of biggest differences between ActiveMQ and MSMQ are Topics. Topics are a way to achieve publish/subscribe messaging pattern. Unlike regular queues, topic can have multiple subscribers and each of them receives all messages sent to topic. On the other hand, these messages are not stored like messages sent to a regular queue. They are just passed to currently active subscribers *. So when you subscribe to a topic you only get messages which are published from that moment on.

* What I wrote here is not actually true, but a simplification to help distinguish between regular queue and topic. You can configure topic to keep messages for some time so that if you drop subscription and resubscribe you get messages which came during that period.

Anyway, apart from functionality we already had working for MSMQ, QueueExplorer for ActiveMQ will also allow you to subscribe to topic and see messages as they come in real time.

Sing up to try ActiveMQ support

ActiveMQ support is not yet ready for public yet, but if you want to be the first to know when it’s available sign up here.