In this blogpost i will show you how to backup and restore your active RabbitMQ configuration.
This is only the configuration no definitions or messages will be backed-up or restored.


To be able to backup or restore a RabbitMQ configuration you will need to get command line tool rabbitmqadmin.
First check if rabbitmq_managment is enabled on one of your RabbitMQ nodes:

rabbitmq-plugins enable rabbitmq_management

After that you will be able to download rabbitmqadmin on the RabbitMQ node with the following command:

wget https://{rabbitmq-node-hostname}:15672/cli/

Once downloaded, make the file executable and move it to the /usr/local/bin directory on the RabbitMQ node:

chmod +x rabbitmqadmin 
sudo mv rabbitmqadmin /usr/local/bin


To backup the RabbitMQ instance configuration, use the following command:

rabbitmqadmin export <configuration-backup-file-name.json>

Result example:

Exported definitions for localhost to "configuration-backup-test.json"


To restore the RabbitMQ instance configuration, user the following command:

rabbitmqadmin import <configuration-backup-file-name.json>

Result example:

Imported definitions for localhost from "configuration-backup-test.json"