Method for retrieving one or more messages (up to 10) from the specified queue. Using the WaitTimeSeconds parameter enables long-poll support.

Standard behavior of the method is short polling: it attempts to get messages from a single shard of the queue selected when calling the ReceiveMessage action. If the queue is small, fewer messages will be returned than specified in the MaxNumberOfMessages parameter. If the queue is too small, a response to the request may return no messages if they did not get into the queue shard. If no messages are received, repeat the request.

If messages are received from an empty queue when a new message arrives in it, that message will be received with a delay for a single receive attempt.

The following parameters are returned for each of the received messages:

  • MessageId is the message ID.
  • ReceiptHandle is the ID to be provided when deleting the received message or changing its visibility timeout.
  • Body is the message body.
  • MD5OfBody is the MD5 digest of the message body.
  • Attributes are a set of message attributes indicating its sending time, the number of message receipts, and its delivery time.

When calling the method, you can pass the VisibilityTimeout parameter that will assign the set visibility timeout to the messages received. If this parameter is missing, the messages will be assigned the visibility timeout set for the default queue.

When receiving messages from a FIFO queue, only one message will be accepted from a single message group per ReceiveMessage call.


Request parameters

Parameter Type Required
MaxNumberOfMessages string No Maximum number of messages that will be fetched. Valid values: from 1 to 10. Default: 1.
MessageAttributeName.N array No Array of message attribute names to return in response to the request. A name can contain letters, numbers, hyphens, underscores, and periods. Attribute names are case-sensitive and unique within a single message. An attribute name cannot start or end with a period. Attribute names cannot contain several consecutive periods. The maximum length of an attribute name is 256 characters. You can get all attributes at once by specifying the word All or .* in your query. You can also use prefixes to get the necessary attributes.
QueueUrl string Yes URL of the queue where the message is placed.
ReceiveRequestAttemptId string No ID for a repeated attempt to receive messages from a FIFO queue. For more information, see Deduplication.
VisibilityTimeout string No Visibility timeout of the message to receive.
WaitTimeSeconds string No The number of seconds to wait for messages in the queue. If a message is available, the call returns sooner than WaitTimeSeconds. If no messages are available and the WaitTimeSeconds expires, the call returns successfully with an empty list of messages.


List of message attribute names. Attributes are passed in the Attributes parameter.

Attribute.N.Name (attribute)
Attribute.N.Value (attribute value)
Attribute Description
All All values.
ApproximateFirstReceiveTimestamp The time the message was first received from the queue.
ApproximateReceiveCount The number of times a message has been received from the queue but not deleted.
SenderId ID of the sender (IAM user).
SentTimestamp The time the message was sent to the queue.
MessageDeduplicationId ID of the token for message deduplication, used in FIFO queues. Each message must have a unique MessageDeduplicationId. If no MessageDeduplicationId is specified, a message will not be sent to a queue. The maximum length is 128 characters. You can use numbers, upper and lowercase Latin letters, and punctuation marks. For more information, see Deduplication.
MessageGroupId ID of a message group, used in FIFO queues. For more information, see Deduplication.
SequenceNumber Message number specific to FIFO queues within a group of messages with the same MessageGroupId.


Successful response fields

Field Type Description
Message array The Message array.

ReceiveMessage errors

For a list of errors common for all methods, see Common errors.

HTTP code Error ID Description
403 OverLimit The operation has exceeded one of the limits.

Sample request


For more information about forming requests, see General API request format.

Response example

            <Body>Hello world</Body>