Getting started with Amazon SQS - Amazon Simple Queue Service

Getting started with Amazon SQS

In this section, you'll learn how to create standard or FIFO queues using the Amazon SQS console.


Before you begin, complete the steps in Setting up Amazon SQS.

Understanding the Amazon SQS console

When you open the Amazon SQS console, choose Queues from the navigation pane. The Queues page provides information about all of your queues in the active region.

Each queue entry provides essential information about the queue, including its type and key attributes. Standard queues, optimized for maximum throughput and best-effort message ordering, are distinguished from First-In-First-Out (FIFO) queues, which prioritize message ordering and uniqueness for applications requiring strict message sequencing.

Queues page in the Amazon SQS console.

Interactive elements and actions

From the Queues page, you have multiple options for managing your queues:

  1. Quick Actions – Adjacent to each queue name, a dropdown menu offers quick access to common actions such as sending messages, viewing or deleting messages, configuring triggers, and deleting the queue itself.

  2. Detailed View and Configuration – Clicking on a queue name opens its Details page, where you can delve deeper into queue settings and configurations. Here, you can adjust parameters like message retention period, visibility timeout, and maximum message size to tailor the queue to your application's requirements.

Queue details page in the Amazon SQS console.

Region selection and resource tags

Ensure you're in the correct AWS Region to access and manage your queues effectively. Additionally, consider utilizing resource tags to organize and categorize your queues, enabling better resource management, cost allocation, and access control within your AWSshared environment.

By leveraging the features and functionalities offered within the Amazon SQS console, you can efficiently manage your messaging infrastructure, optimize queue performance, and ensure reliable message delivery for your applications.