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Write and run your first IBM MQ JMS application

JMS stands for Java Message Service. JMS is a standard that defines how you can access enterprise messaging systems from Java programs. The JMS API is implemented by messaging service providers like IBM MQ to allow JMS client applications to access the provider’s messaging service.

In this tutorial, you’ll put a message that holds your data to a queue and the consuming application will get it from the queue. You’ll be using the JMS API to connect to your messaging provider, which in this case is IBM MQ.


Developing a point-to-point app with JMS and IBM MQ

Your application has to be able to do these things:

  • Connect to the queue manager
  • Open a queue
  • Put a message
  • Get a message
  • Close the queue
  • Disconnect from the queue manager

We assume that these MQ objects are set up on the MQ server that you are connecting to:

  • Queue manager QM1
  • Queue DEV.QUEUE.1
  • Port 1414

If you are using your own objects, you’ll need to adjust these names accordingly. Or, you can go to a tutorial in the Ready, Set, Connect series to get started.

If you’ve already worked through a Ready, Set, Connect tutorial, your queue manager should already be configured correctly. If not, you’ll need to set up authorization on the queue manager to accept connection from the application through a named channel and the application has to be authorized to put and get messages to and from the queue.

If you already have a JMS application, but you want some help with performance or debugging, review this article.

Set up your environment

In this first step, we walk you through installing and setting up the prerequisites.

  1. Create a directory to save the files needed for the sample, for example in your home directory:

     mkdir MQClient
  2. From the MQClient folder, download the file by using curl.

     curl -o
  3. From the MQClient folder, download the JMS API file by using curl.

     curl -o javax.jms-api-2.0.1.jar
  4. If you don’t already have Java JDK version 8, you can download it from here. Select the right download for your platform and install.

Downloading the point-to-point JMS sample application

Let’s get the sample from GitHub, save it on your local machine, and look through some of the key JMS constructs and where you can add the host, port, channel, and queue details so that your sample can connect to the queue manager.

  1. In your MQClient directory, create the following directory structure: com/ibm/mq/samples/jms.

    On Windows:

     mkdir -p com\ibm\mq\samples\jms

    On Linux:

     mkdir -p com/ibm/mq/samples/jms
  2. From the MQClient/com/ibm/mq/samples/jms directory, download the sample from GitHub by usingcurl:

     curl -o
  3. Edit the file. Replace the host, port and app password variables to match your queue manager configuration.

     // Create variables for the connection to MQ
     private static final String HOST = "_YOUR_HOSTNAME_"; // Host name or IP address
     private static final int PORT = 1414; // Listener port for your queue manager
     private static final String CHANNEL = "DEV.APP.SVRCONN"; // Channel name
     private static final String QMGR = "QM1"; // Queue manager name
     private static final String APP_USER = "app"; // User name that application uses to connect to MQ
     private static final String APP_PASSWORD = "_APP_PASSWORD_"; // Password that the application uses to connect to MQ
     private static final String QUEUE_NAME = "DEV.QUEUE.1"; // Queue that the application uses to put and get messages to and from

You should now be able to compile your application and run it.

Compile and run your JMS application

This is where you’ll finally connect your application to the queue manager and put and get messages to and from the queue.

To compile the sample, go to your MQClient directory.

Use javac to compile your application.

  1. From the MQClient directory, use javac to compile your application.

    On Windows:

     javac -cp .\;.\javax.jms-api-2.0.1.jar com\ibm\mq\samples\jms\

    On Linux:

     javac -cp ./ com/ibm/mq/samples/jms/

    To confirm that the sample is compiled, run one of these commands. You should now see a .class file accompanying the .java file.

    On Windows, run the dir command:

     dir com\ibm\mq\samples\jms\

    On Linux, run the ls command:

     ls -l com/ibm/mq/samples/jms/

    You should now see a .class file accompanying the .java file: Output of the ls command

  2. Run your application.

    On Windows:

     java -cp .\;.\javax.jms-api-2.0.1.jar;.

    On Linux:

     java -cp ./

    You should see output like this:

Output of running your JMS app


Congratulations! You edited and compiled your first JMS application, sent a message to an IBM MQ queue, and got that message from the queue. You also set up your environment with everything you need to develop with JMS and IBM MQ.

You have a basic understanding of what you’re aiming to hit on the MQ server side with the objects in your JMS application and how JMS helps you achieve that.

If you want to make sure your JMS application is going to perform reliably and well, have a look at this article.