Auto Message Popups in ArcGIS Desktop Explorer From RabbitMQ

19 Apr
Message sent from terminal to ArcGIS Desktop Explorer Extension.

Message sent from terminal to ArcGIS Desktop Explorer Extension.

My previous post showed how to send messages to GIS from a terminal using Python-Pika, RabbitMQ, and C#. It required the user to click a button to receive them. I have modified code from several sources to make it run on a thread- as an extension to ArcGIS Desktop Explorer. Every 2 seconds, the extension checks for messages.

I modified code from:

LosTechies – For C#.

RabbitMQ Tutorial – For Python Producer.

And the ArcGIS Resource Center for the threading info.

I can send you the Addin .EAZ if you wish. Here is what I came up with:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;

using RabbitMQ.Client;

using ESRI.ArcGISExplorer;
using ESRI.ArcGISExplorer.Application;
using ESRI.ArcGISExplorer.Mapping;
using ESRI.ArcGISExplorer.Geometry;
using ESRI.ArcGISExplorer.Data;
using ESRI.ArcGISExplorer.Threading;
namespace RabbitMQgisExtension
public class Extension : ESRI.ArcGISExplorer.Application.Extension
string msg;
static IConnection connection;
static IModel channel;
System.Timers.Timer _t = new System.Timers.Timer(2000);

public override void OnStartup()
_t.Elapsed += new System.Timers.ElapsedEventHandler(_t_Elapsed);


public override void OnShutdown()

void _t_Elapsed(object sender, System.Timers.ElapsedEventArgs e)
var connectionFactory = new ConnectionFactory();

connection = connectionFactory.CreateConnection();
channel = connection.CreateModel();
channel.ExchangeDeclare(“GIS”, ExchangeType.Direct);
channel.QueueDeclare(“GIS”, false, false, false, null);
channel.QueueBind(“GIS”, “GIS”, “PAUL”);
BasicGetResult result = channel.BasicGet(“GIS”, true);

if (result != null)
msg = Encoding.UTF8.GetString(result.Body);
MessageBox.Show(msg, “You’ve Got a Message!”);
//If set Message to send coords in form “35,-106” Next lines will draw points.
//string[] coords = msg.Split(‘,’);
// float x = float.Parse(coords[0]);
// float y = float.Parse(coords[1]);
//Note fromRabbit = new Note(“From RabbitMQ”, new ESRI.ArcGISExplorer.Geometry.Point(y, x));


and the Python Producer – EXAMPLE: python KEY TEXT

(python PAUL message to you):

import pika
import sys

connection = pika.BlockingConnection(pika.ConnectionParameters(
channel =


to = sys.argv[1]
message = ‘ ‘.join(sys.argv[2:])

print “Sent %r:%r” % (to, message)


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