[rabbitmq-discuss] Experimental Windows installer

Simon MacMullen simon at rabbitmq.com
Mon Feb 7 16:44:06 GMT 2011

Hi all. In an effort to make the installation process on Windows less 
painful we've put together an installer. It's been tested on a few 
Windows machines here but could do with some more testing.


* You still need to install Erlang first. If Erlang is not installed the 
installer will open a web browser for you to do it. You do not need to 
set ERLANG_HOME or anything, just run the Erlang installer.

* The installer makes no effort to detect a previous manual installation 
of RabbitMQ, so it may stomp on things. It's probably  wise to manually 
remove a manual installation before trying it (or at least uninstall the 
service). Of course it will detect installations it's created itself.

* By default the installer will set up RabbitMQ to run as a service, and 
add some links to your start menu. You can switch both of those features 

* Obviously this isn't supported as yet, although if you run into 
trouble we'll do our best to help you out.

* It doesn't install any plugins. To install plugins:

   - Open the plugins folder from the Start Menu.
   - Download and drop the plugins in the plugins folder
   - Stop the service
   - Reinstall the service
   - Start the service

* No, you do not need to reboot at any point :)

You can get it from here:


I'm sure there will be bugs. Please report them here.

Cheers, Simon

Simon MacMullen
Staff Engineer, RabbitMQ
SpringSource, a division of VMware

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