Symfony Messenger with SQS and SNS AWS-Services

Stefan Pöltl
7 min readJun 10, 2020

Let’s checkout how to connect Symfony with Amazon SQS and SNS Services by using a Symfony component.

Github repo for this article:

What is the Symfony Messenger?

It’s a Message-Bus that can be used for the following design patterns:

  • Command-Bus
  • Query-Bus
  • Event-Bus

We are going to use a Command-Bus pattern that seperates the description, what needs to be done, from where it’s going to happen. It’s like getting an order in a restaurant that gets prepared in the kitchen. In our case we will create a TestMessage object, that gets send and consumed by a handler.

Setup the Symfony project:

Create a Symfony CLI skeleton:

docker run — rm -it -v $PWD:/app composer create-project symfony/skeleton symfony_messenger

Install Symfony Messenger component:

docker run --rm -it -v $PWD:/app composer require messenger

To enable the support of AWS SQS install these two packages:

docker run --rm -it -v $PWD:/app composer require sroze/messenger-enqueue-transport enqueue/sqs

Create a SQS Queue in your AWS account:

What is SQS?

  • Fully managed queuing service
  • Asynchronous communication and decouple processes via messages / events from a sender and receiver(producer and consumer)
  • Not reactive you have to pull messages, no real-time
  • Messages get deleted once they got acknowledged
  • Temporary repository for messages that await to be processed


  • Message size can be between 1 byte and 256 KB
  • Default message retention is 4 days, 60 secs minimum…