Federated Message Bus

Some time ago, the Fedora Infrastructure team wanted to hook all the services in Fedora Infrastructure up to send messages to one another over a message bus instead of communicating with each other in the heterogenous, “Rube-Goldberg” way they did previously.

fedmsg (FEDerated MeSsaGe bus) is a python package and API defining a brokerless messaging architecture to send and receive messages to and from applications. See Overview for a thorough introduction.

While originally specific to Fedora, the expansion of the project’s name was changed away from the old “Fedora Messaging” to the current “Federated Message Bus” after it was also adopted for use in Debian’s infrastructure.

Click here to see a feed of the Fedora bus. There’s also a #fedora-fedmsg channel on the freenode network with a firehose bot echoing messages to channel to help give you a feel for what’s going on.

You can find the list of available topics in Fedora’s infrastructure at https://fedora-fedmsg.readthedocs.io

Receiving Messages with Python

import fedmsg

# Yield messages as they're available from a generator
for name, endpoint, topic, msg in fedmsg.tail_messages():
    print topic, msg

Receiving Messages from the Shell

$ fedmsg-tail --really-pretty

Publishing Messages with Python

See Development on setting up your environment and workflow.

In a default configuration, sending a message looks like the following:

import fedmsg
fedmsg.publish(topic='testing', modname='test', msg={
    'test': "Hello World",


The endpoints.py file should have an entry as "<myprogram>.<myhost>": [ ... ] where myprogram is the name of the program sending the message (can be __main__ if it is a simple script) and myhost is the machine sending the program (corresponds to the output of hostname -s).

If you need to publish to a specific endpoint or need a consistent endpoint, you’ll need to pass the name parameter and adjust the endpoints.py accordingly.

import fedmsg
fedmsg.publish(name='mybus', topic='testing', modname='test', msg={
    'test': "Hello World",


The endpoints.py file should have an entry as "mybus": [ ... ]

Publishing Messages from the Shell

$ echo "Hello World." | fedmsg-logger --modname=git --topic=repo.update
$ echo '{"a": 1}' | fedmsg-logger --json-input
$ fedmsg-logger --message="This is a message."
$ fedmsg-logger --message='{"a": 1}' --json-input


  • Jordan Sissel – “Cool idea, gives new meaning to open infrastructure.”
  • David Gay – “It’s like I’m working with software made by people who thought about the future.”


The source for this document can be found on github. The issue tracker can be found there, too.

Almost all discussion happens in #fedora-apps on the freenode network. There is also a mailing list.

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Proposal - Fedora Messaging with 0mq (fedmsg) is a now out-moded document, but is kept here for historical purposes.