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Amazon SQS Message Timers

Message timers let you specify an initial invisibility period for a message added to a queue. For example, if you send a message with a 45-second timer, the message isn't visible to consumers for its first 45 seconds in the queue. The default is 0 seconds. For information about sending messages with timers using the AWS Management Console or the AWS SDK for Java (and the SetQueueAttributes action), see Sending a Message with a Timer to an Amazon SQS Queue.

Note

FIFO queues don't support timers on individual messages.

To set a delay period on an entire queue, rather than on individual messages, use delay queues. A message timer setting for an individual message overrides any DelaySeconds value on an Amazon SQS delay queue.