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MQ Statistics with triggers and MQWeb

25 January 2019


IBM MQ can generate statistics for queues, channels, … To be able to do some capacity management, these statistics will be transferred to ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash & Kibana). This solution will use two Python scripts to get statistics in JSON format from MQWeb and saves the statistics to a file. With filebeat the generated files are collected and transferred to ELK.


Enable IBM MQ Statistics

IBM MQ puts statistic messages on the SYSTEM.ADMIN.STATISTICS.QUEUE. This is done when the queuemanager property STATQ has value ON or when the queue property STATQ has value ON. By default the statistics are generated every 1800 seconds. The interval can be changed by setting the STATINT property of the queuemanager.

It’s also possible to force the generation of the statistics by issuing the following command on a queuemanager:


Gather statistics from a queue

Statistic messages are messages with format MQADMIN. The message payload is a collection of PCF structures. MQWeb has an API to get messages from a queue and translate MQADMIN messages into a readable JSON structure. The script will use MQWeb to get these messages and output them to stdout or to a file. The script ends when there are no more messages to process.


The script must run when messages are available on the queue. To avoid the creation of a new daemon process, the IBM MQ triggering system is used. IBM MQ can trigger the script whenever the queue depth of the queue changes from 0 to 1. Because IBM MQ passes an MQTMC2 structure to the triggered process, another script is written. This script will translate the MQTMC2 structure into commandline arguments for and execute it.

The script can be used directly from the commandline. Use the –help argument to show help information. When the MQ trigger doesn’t fire (because there are still messages on the queue), run the from the commandline to process the remaining messages.

Follow these steps to setup IBM MQ triggering:

Initiation queue

When a trigger event occurs, the queuemanager puts a trigger message on a initiation queue. This trigger message will be retrieved by the trigger monitor.

DESCR('Initiation Queue For Collecting Statistics')

Define a process

The process defines what the trigger monitor must execute when the trigger is fired.

APPLICID('python') +
USERDATA('output=/var/elk') +
DESCR('ELK statistics script')

The USERDATA value is used by the script to pass arguments to

Alter the local queue

The queue that is responsible for the trigger must be associated with the initiation queue and the process:


Define a service

The runmqtrm program is the IBM MQ trigger monitor. It must run in background. When a service is used, it can be controlled by the queuemanager by setting the CONTROL property to QMGR. This way the service will automatically start and stops when a queuemanager is started or stopped.

STARTCMD('+MQ_INSTALL_PATH+bin/runmqtrm') +
STOPCMD('+MQ_INSTALL_PATH+bin/amqsstop') +
STDOUT('/var/elk/mqstats.stdout') +
STDERR('/var/elk/mqstats.stderr') +
DESCR('Trigger Monitor for ELK Statistics')
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