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RabbitMQ Erlang Version Requirements

RabbitMQ Minimum required Erlang/OTP Maximum supported Erlang/OTP Notes
  • 3.7.x
  • 19.3
  • 20.2.x
  • We recommend minimum Erlang/OTP 19.3.6.3, earlier versions have known bugs that can prevent RabbitMQ nodes from stopping
  • Erlang/OTP 20.2 changed default cookie file location on Windows
  • For the best TLS support, the latest version of Erlang/OTP 20.x is recommended
  • 3.6.15
  • 19.3
  • 20.2.x
  • 3.6.14
  • 3.6.13
  • 3.6.12
  • 3.6.11
  • R16B03
  • 20.1.x
  • We recommend minimum Erlang/OTP 19.3.6.3, earlier versions have known bugs that can prevent RabbitMQ nodes from stopping
  • For the best TLS support, the latest version of Erlang/OTP 20.1.x is recommended
  • 3.6.10
  • 3.6.9
  • 3.6.8
  • 3.6.7
  • 3.6.6
  • 3.6.5
  • 3.6.4
  • R16B03
  • 19.3.x
  • We recommend minimum Erlang/OTP 19.3.6.3, earlier versions have known bugs that can prevent RabbitMQ nodes from stopping
  • For the best TLS support, the latest version of Erlang/OTP 19.3.x is recommended
  • 3.6.3
  • 3.6.2
  • 3.6.1
  • 3.6.0
  • R16B03
  • 18.3.x
  • For the best TLS support, the latest version of Erlang/OTP 18.3.x is recommended
  • 3.5.x
  • R14B04
  • 17.5.x
  • RabbitMQ 3.5 was released 2015-03-11, and reached end of life 2017-09-11, we strongly discourage its use
  • 3.4.x
  • R13B03
  • 16B03
  • RabbitMQ 3.4 was released 2014-10-21, and reached end of life 2017-05-31, we strongly discourage its use

As a rule of thumb, most recent stable (GA) versions of Erlang/OTP 19.3.x or 20.1.x are recommended for running RabbitMQ. Most recent versions can be obtained from

Installing Erlang/OTP on Debian or Ubuntu

Standard Debian and Ubuntu repositories provide Erlang/OTP but it is heavily sliced and diced into dozens of packages. In addition, unless the system has backport repositories enabled, the versions tend to be quite old. See Debian and Ubuntu installation guide for more information on the essential packages, dependencies, and alternative apt repositories.

Installing Erlang/OTP on CentOS, RHEL or Fedora

There are multiple RPM packages for Erlang/OTP, including a zero-dependency Erlang RPM from the RabbitMQ team. See CentOS, RHEL and Fedora installation guide for more information on the available options.

Configuration and plugin-specific Erlang/OTP Version Requirements

Certain RabbitMQ configurations require more recent versions:

If you want to: Minimum required Erlang/OTP Notes
build / run RabbitMQ server and most plugins 19.3
use TLS reliably 19.3 Covers most common signature algorithms and can honor server ciphers order. 20.0.5 or later version are recommended.

Erlang Versions in Clusters

RabbitMQ requires that the same major and minor version of Erlang is used across all cluster nodes (e.g. 19.3.x). RabbitMQ will check for protocol versions of Erlang and its distributed libraries when a node joins a cluster, refusing to cluster if there's a potentially incompatible combination detected.

It is highly recommended that all nodes use exactly the same version of Erlang.

Building from Source

If a sufficiently recent Erlang package is not available for your system then you will need to build Erlang from source. This requires a build environment that satisfies the Erlang build dependencies, such as OpenSSL. kerl is the recommended way of doing that.

kerl makes building Erlang/OTP releases from source, including specific tags from GitHub, a much more pleasant experience.

Older Erlang Versions

Last Version to Support R16B03

If you absolutely must use an older version of Erlang, RabbitMQ 3.6.14 is the newest version compatible with R16B03.

Last Version to Support R13B03

If you absolutely must use an older version of Erlang, RabbitMQ 3.5.8 is the newest version compatible with R13B03.