How to schedule and browse Azure Service Bus messages

Azure Service Bus has a Schedule feature which hides messages from a queue until their scheduled time arrives. At that point, they'll show up again in the queue.

Here's how to quickly schedule one or more Azure Service Bus messages using QueueExplorer:

Step 1 - Locate and select messages

  • Click on the queue in QueueExplorer to see a list of messages:
  • Find messages you want to move, either manually, or by filtering by message body, label, id...
  • QueueExplorer Professional allows you to filter by more granular data, by extracting business data from messages using XPath, JSON or regular expressions.
  • Select messages you want to move.

Step 2 - Schedule messages

Right click on selected messages and pick Schedule:

QueueExplorer will ask you to pick a scheduled time (i.e. time when messages will reappear in the queue). It can be exact time, or relative one, e.g 5 minutes from now:

Step 3 - Browse scheduled messages

  • Click on a "+" in front of a queue's name to display subqueues.
  • Click on a "Scheduled" subqueue to see messages.

    QueueExplorer will show a column with scheduled times for each messages.

QueueExplorer can also:

  • Move scheduled Azure Service Bus messages back to the original queue to be reprocessed.
  • Move or copy scheduled messages to some other queue.
  • Delete scheduled messages.
  • Reschedule messages.

QueueExplorer: Explorer-like management for Azure Service Bus


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