Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) is a fully managed message queue service that enables you to decouple and scale microservices, distributed systems, and serverless applications. SQS allows you to send, store, and receive messages between software components at any volume, without losing messages or requiring other services to be available. With SQS, you can offload the administrative burdens of operating and scaling a highly available messaging cluster, while paying a low price for only what you use. SQS offers two types of queues: standard and FIFO (first-in, first-out). Standard queues offer best-effort ordering which ensures that messages are generally delivered in the order they are sent, while FIFO queues are designed to guarantee that messages are processed exactly once, in the order that they are sent. SQS also provides a dead-letter queue, which can be used to move messages that cannot be processed to a separate queue for further analysis.


AWS SQS (Simple Queue Service) has two types of queues:

  1. Standard Queues: These queues provide best-effort ordering which ensures that messages are generally delivered in the order in which they are sent.
  2. FIFO (First-In-First-Out) Queues: These queues guarantee that messages are processed exactly once, in the order that they are sent, and they support exactly-once processing.

AWS SQS Visibility Timeout

The visibility timeout of an SQS message is the amount of time that the message remains hidden from other consumers after a consumer retrieves the message from the queue. This is done to provide time for the consumer to process the message and prevent other consumers from processing the same message. The visibility timeout can be set when the message is sent to the queue, and it can also be changed on a per-message basis using the ChangeMessageVisibility action. The maximum visibility timeout is 12 hours.

AWS SQS Pricing

AWS SQS pricing is based on the number of requests (for example, sending, receiving, and deleting messages) and the number of messages stored. There is also a data transfer cost for sending messages to or receiving messages from SQS. The pricing varies depending on the region, but as a general rule, the cost for using SQS decreases as usage increases. It’s also possible to use SQS in combination with other AWS services, such as Lambda or SNS, which may affect the overall cost. It’s best to check the AWS Pricing page for the most up-to-date and accurate pricing information.

AWS SQS Java Example

An example of using AWS SQS in Java could involve creating a new SQS queue, sending messages to the queue, and then receiving and deleting messages from the queue.

Here is some sample code that demonstrates these actions:

//Creating a new SQS queue
CreateQueueRequest createQueueRequest = new CreateQueueRequest("MyQueue");
String queueUrl = sqs.createQueue(createQueueRequest).getQueueUrl();
//Sending a message to the queue
sqs.sendMessage(new SendMessageRequest(queueUrl, "Hello, world!"));
//Receiving messages from the queue
ReceiveMessageRequest receiveMessageRequest = new ReceiveMessageRequest(queueUrl);
List<message> messages = sqs.receiveMessage(receiveMessageRequest).getMessages();
//Deleting a message from the queue
String messageReceiptHandle = messages.get(0).getReceiptHandle();
sqs.deleteMessage(new DeleteMessageRequest(queueUrl, messageReceiptHandle));

Note that in the above example, the sqs variable is an instance of the AmazonSQS class, which you would need to initialize and configure with your AWS credentials before using.

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