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IBM MQ Transport Adaptor (hereafter MQ TA) is an add-in for FIXServer that allows clients to communicate with FIXServer over IBM MQSeries middleware. The document contains full instructions how to install MQ TA for testing.


MQ TA is responsible for:

  • Establishing and maintaining sessions with MQ Series Server to communicate with Clients
  • Transmitting messages to its clients
  • Delivering messages from clients
  • Facilitating monitoring and administration

Monitoring and Administration

MQ TA provides the following monitoring information:

  • Number of messages sent
  • Number of messages received
  • Time the last message was sent/received for each client
  • List of clients

Integration Guide

Installation MQ Adaptor to FixEdge

Normally MQ adaptor is distributed as a zip-archive with the name, where xx stands for MQ adaptor version. The distribution package consists of:


BIN\MQTAAddin-xx.dll or


MQ Transport Adaptor dynamic library for Windowsor MQ Transport Adaptor shared library for Linux
DOC\MQTA_InstallationGuide.pdfMQ Transport Adaptor - Installation Guide. This document
DOC\VersionHistory.txtMQ Transport Adaptor Version History
DOC\FIXEdge.propertiesSample FIX Edge configuration file.

To install MQ adaptor:

  • IBM MQ Client libraries must be installed on the FIX Edge machine where MQ Adaptor is ran. Third-party libraries are not incuded into TA package. They can be downloaded from  here.
  • Unpack the package and copy MQTAAddin-xx.dll/  into the FIX Edge /bin folder. Configure adaptor according to the instructions below.
  • Restart FIX Edge.


IBM MQ Transport Adaptor can be configured using FIXICC or directly by editing the file of the correspondent FIX Edge instance. All properties to be set up are described in the table below. You can also use file from the package as an example.

Make sure that configuration of the adaptor correlates with the MQ Series Server parameters.

Property NameDefault ValueDescription
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.DescriptionMQ Transport Adaptor DLLDescription of the transport adaptor
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.DllNamebin/MQTAAddin.dllPath to the transport adaptor module
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.TimeIntervalBeforeReconnect1000Time interval in milliseconds between reconnect attempts
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.StorageDirectoryFixEdge1/logLogging directory for storage of outgoing messages. Required.
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.BufferSizeForMessage65536Message buffer size. Max value is 4194304. 0 means a default value 64 * 1024
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.MQ_HOSTNAMElocalhostMS Series Server host name
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.MQ_PORT1414MS Series Server port
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.MQ_MANAGER_NAMETestMQMS Series manager name
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.MQ_CHANNEL_NAMETestConnectionMS Series Channel name
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.MQ_CCSID437MS Series Server CCSID. The coded character set identifier to use with the WebSphere MQ queue
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.SslKeyRepository/var/mqm/ssl/keyPath to SSL certificate storage file without extension (SCKR,MQSSLKEYR) e.g. /var/mqm/ssl/key or C:\\Program Files\\IBM\\WebSphere MQ\\ssl\\key
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.SslCipherSpecificationTRIPLE_DES_SHA_USSSL CipherSpec name (SSLCIPH), required to use SSL, e.g. TRIPLE_DES_SHA_US
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.SslClientAuthenticationfalseRemote peer authentication (SSLCAUTH)
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.SslPeerNameCN=QMGR.*, OU=IBM, OU=WEBSPHERERemote peer DN filter(SSLPEER)
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.WaitIntervalForGet1000Time interval in milliseconds to wait between polling message on MQ Series Server
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.NumAttemptReconnect10Number of reconnect attempts to MQ Series Server
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.SessionNumber1Number of sessions with MQ Series. Each session is a set of MQ Series queues.
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.Session.1.ClientIDMQClientMQ session ID.
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.Session.1.SmartXMLProcessortrueEnables mode of processing XML/FIXML messages:
  • For outgoing FIX XML message (MsgType = n) adaptor extracts XML data then sends data to MQ client.
  • For incoming XML/FIXML raw data adaptor wraps data into FIX XML message (MsgType = n) then routes message to FIX Edge.
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.Session.1.ToClientQueueMQClient_toThe name for Queue, dedicated for message coming from client to MQ via FIX Edge
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.Session.1.FromClientQueueMQClient_fromThe name for Queue, dedicated for message coming from MQ to client via FIX Edge
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.Session.1.ErrorQueueMQClient_errorThe name for Queue dedicated for message, which cannot be handled because of error.
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.Session.1.SenderID-Not required. SenderCompID (Tag = 49) in the received message is set to the property value.
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.Session.1.TargetID-Not required. TargetCompID (Tag = 56) in the received message is set to the property value.
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.Session.1.FromClientDropMessageFilter-Not required. Defines a regular expression (perl syntax) to drop matched messages coming from MQ.
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.Session.1.SmartXMLProcessorFromClientMessageFilter-Not required. Defines a regular expression (perl syntax) to apply SmartXMLProcessor to matched messages coming from MQ. Overrides default filter: case insensitive "<\?xml version.*|<FIXML.*"

WebSphere MQ Setup Guide

Getting MQ Soft

If you need to setup your own MQ server, you can download software from IBM Site

Websphere MQ Configuration

Steps to configure access to Websphere MQ (running on Windows) from the remote host are described below. These configuration is performed on the MQ Server host.

  1. Create User
    1. Create non-domain user e.g. mquser in 'mqm' group.
    2. Change its domain to local host name e.g. EVUAKYISD0223.
    3. Grant this user permissions to login remotely.
    4. Grant this user Administraive permissions.
  2. Start MQ
    1. Start all MQ services ('IBM MQSeries' and 'IBM Websphere MQ (Installation N)') under user created on previous step.  .
      In order to change user for service go to Services. Select service and open its properties, go to 'Log On' tab, select 'This user' and specify user credentials.
  3. Configure Manager and Queues
    1. Start MQExplorer.

    2. Add new Queue Manager (e.g. TestMQ)

    3. Add Server-connection channel to created Queue Manager (e.g.  TestConnection )

    4. Set channel MCA with user from step 1.1 ( mquser ):

  4. Add queues.

Check connection to Queue Manager from remote host

Check connection using MQ Explorer

In order to use described approach you need to install IBM WebSphere MQ Explorer to the client box.

In order to check connection to Queue Manager from the remote (client) host:

  1. Open MQExplorer on remote host
  2. Add Remote Queue Manager performing the following steps:

    1. Specify Queue Manager name
    2. Specify host and Server-connection channel


    3. Click Finish

QM should be accessible via remote MQ Explorer.

Check connection using FE

In order to check connection to Queue Manager from the remote (client) host using FE:

  1. Configure FE using the following sample properties:
    TransportLayer.TransportAdapters = TransportLayer.MQAdaptor
    # MQ Adaptor Settings
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.Description = MQ Transport Adaptor DLL
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.TimeIntervalBeforeReconnect = 1000
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.DllName = bin/MQTAAddin-vc10-MD-x64.dll
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.StorageDirectory = FixEdge1/log
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.NumAttemptReconnect = -1
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.WaitIntervalForGet = 10000
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.BufferSizeForMessage = 65536
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.MQ_HOSTNAME =
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.MQ_MANAGER_NAME = TestMQ
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.MQ_PORT = 1414
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.MQ_CCSID = 437
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.MQ_CHANNEL_NAME = TestConnection
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.SessionNumber = 1
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.Session.1.ClientID = MQClient
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.Session.1.FromClientQueue = MQClient_from
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.Session.1.ToClientQueue = MQClient_to
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.Session.1.ErrorQueue = MQClient_error
    TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.Session.1.SmartXMLProcessor = false
  2. Check if Queues are accessible:

    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:41:33.609 [2840] [MQEngine] - Was created queue 'MQClient_from'
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:41:33.609 [2840] [MQQueuesReader_Debug] - createClientQueue() finished
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:41:33.609 [2840] [MQQueuesReader_Debug] - ClientQueue created.
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:41:33.609 [2840] [MQQueuesReader_Debug] - MQQueuesReader::readFromQueuesAndPassToTL().
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:41:33.609 [2840] [MQQueuesReader_Debug] - fromClientQueue->getFirst().
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:41:38.039 [12692] [MQEngine] - Was created queue 'MQClient_to'
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:41:38.251 [12692] [MQEngine] - Was created queue 'MQClient_error'
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:41:38.251 [12692] [MQQueueWriter] - Queues were created for client 'MQClient'
    [NOTE]  20120718-11:41:38.251 [12692] [MQQueueWriter] - Restore messages for out queue 'MQClient'.
    [NOTE]  20120718-11:41:38.251 [12692] [MQQueueWriter] - Create storage for the: MQClient
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:41:38.251 [12692] [MQQueueWriter] - Load storage.
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:41:38.251 [12692] [MQQueueWriter] - Persistance storage use file: D:\Program Files\B2Bits\FIX Edge\v.\FixEdge1\log\MQ-MQClient_07180941382511.out
    [NOTE]  20120718-11:41:38.251 [12692] [MQQueueWriter] - Restore messages for error queue 'MQClient'.
    [NOTE]  20120718-11:41:38.251 [12692] [MQQueueWriter] - Create storage for the: MQClient-Errors
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:41:38.251 [12692] [MQQueueWriter] - Load storage.
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:41:38.252 [12692] [MQQueueWriter] - Persistance storage use file: D:\Program Files\B2Bits\FIX Edge\v.\FixEdge1\log\MQ-MQClient -Errors_07180941382511.out
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:41:43.678 [2840] [MQQueueRead] - Was performed get operation on queue 'MQClient_from' with reason code :2033
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:41:43.678 [2840] [MQQueueRead] - MQQueueRead::getFirst failed to get message ''
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:41:43.678 [2840] [MQQueuesReader_Debug] - MQQueuesReader::readFromQueuesAndPassToTL().
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:41:43.678 [2840] [MQQueuesReader_Debug] - fromClientQueue->getFirst().
  3. Route message to MQ and check FE logs:

    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:48:16.389 [7968] [FL_MsgTrace] - New message FIX was received from session with ID 'TROIKALSE'. Message: '8=FIX.4.49=16535=D49=LSE56=TROIKA34=250=3073757=ECL_TURQ97=Y52=20120718-09:48:16.38811=900010081=1003000321=255=TESTA54=160=20000809-18:20:3238=400040=244=3059=010=224'.
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:48:16.389 [7968] [BL_Layer] - Process incoming message.
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:48:16.389 [7968] [BL_RoutingTable] - There are no suitable rules were found for message with Source ID 'LSE', executing DefaultRule.
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:48:16.389 [7968] [CC_Layer] - BL has processed a message. Number of client IDs for delivery :0. Number or FIX sessions for delivery :0.. Number or sources identifiers for delivery :1.
            Source IDs:
                  1. 'MQClient'
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:48:16.389 [7968] [TransportLayer] - Sending message '8=FIX.4.49=16535=D49=LSE56=TROIKA34=250=3073757=ECL_TURQ97=Y52=20120718-09:48:16.38811=900010081=1003000321=255=TESTA54=160=20000809-18:20:3238=400040=244=3059=010=224' to client MQClient
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:48:16.389 [7968] [MQQueueWriter] - Was put message to messageQueue. Message = (ToClientQueue, MQClient, 8=FIX.4.49=16535=D49=LSE56=TROIKA34=250=3073757=ECL_TURQ97=Y52=20120718-09:48:16.38811=900010081=1003000321=255=TESTA54=160=20000809-18:20:3238=400040=244=3059=010=224)
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:48:16.389 [7968] [MQQueueWriter] - Store into the Persistance storage.
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:48:16.389 [12228] [MQQueueWriter] - Was get message from MessageQueue. Message: ( toClientQueue,MQClient, 8=FIX.4.49=16535=D49=LSE56=TROIKA34=250=3073757=ECL_TURQ97=Y52=20120718-09:48:16.38811=900010081=1003000321=255=TESTA54=160=20000809-18:20:3238=400040=244=3059=010=224)
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:48:16.460 [12228] [MQQueueWrite] - Was performed put operation on queue 'MQClient_to' with reason code :0. Message = '8=FIX.4.49=16535=D49=LSE56=TROIKA34=250=3073757=ECL_TURQ97=Y52=20120718-09:48:16.38811=900010081=1003000321=255=TESTA54=160=20000809-18:20:3238=400040=244=3059=010=224'
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:48:16.460 [12228] [MQQueueWrite] - message was successfully sent to to queue 'MQClient_to' with reason code :0
    [DEBUG] 20120718-11:48:16.460 [12228] [MQQueueWriter] - message was put to ToClient queue.Client 'MQClient'. MEssage '8=FIX.4.49=16535=D49=LSE56=TROIKA34=250=3073757=ECL_TURQ97=Y52=20120718-09:48:16.38811=900010081=1003000321=255=TESTA54=160=20000809-18:20:3238=400040=244=3059=010=224'

Configuring SSL in IBM MQ Server

This instruction assumes that non-SSL configuration works OK

1. On IBM MQ server start IBM Key Management tool

2. Create new Key Database File
- Key database type: CMS
- File name: key.kdb
- Location: use same location as specified in "SSL Key Repository" parameter of your Queue Manager (for example, if SSL Key Repository is "C:\Program Files (x86)\IBM\WebSphere MQ\Qmgrs\FIXEdge\ssl\key", then set Location: C:\Program Files (x86)\IBM\WebSphere MQ\Qmgrs\FIXEdge\ssl\)

3. Create Password and set "Stash password to a file" checkbox

4. Click on "New Self-Signed..." button to create self-signed certificate

- Key Label: set it as "ibmwebspheremq<QM_name>", here QM_name - name of your Queue Manager in lower case
- Common Name: set any
- Organization: set any
- Organization Unit: set any

5. Close IBM Key Management using menu Key Database File -> Close and then Key Database File -> Exit

6. Go to SSL Key Repository folder and make sure that only SYSTEM and your MQ user have full access to key.kdb, key.rdb and key.sth files. All other user may have only "Read" permissions

7. In Websphere MQ Explorer go to Channels

8. Open Properties of your channel and on SSL tab select SSL Cipher Spec. For example, TRIPLE_DES_SHA_US.

    Select SSL Authentication = Optional if you don't plan to use SSL client authentication.

    Apply your changes

9. From SSL Key Repository folder (see step 2) copy three files: key.kdb, key.rdb and key.sth files somewhere on FIXEdge's server (for example, FixEdge1/conf)

10. Configure to use SSL connection with MQ:

TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.SslKeyRepository = C:\\B2BITS\\FIXEdge\\FixEdge1\\conf\\key
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.SslCipherSpecification = TRIPLE_DES_SHA_US
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.SslClientAuthentication = false
TransportLayer.MQAdaptor.SslPeerName =



If MQ TA fails to initialize with record in log "Failed to set character set. Code: some code": make sure QueueManager on server side is running and you are trying to set right code character set.

If the following error message appears while accessing remote MQ manager using MQExplorer

you should perform the following steps:

  1. Login to remote server where MQ Instance is running

  2. Open cmd

  3. Run 'runmqsc'. Check if connected to correct QM:


  5. Try to reestablish connection by clicking 'No' in the dialog:

  6. And Finish in the dialog:

  7. If the error is still here, look at Channel autentication records and make sure that your account is not in the Block User List:

  8. Try again steps 5-6.
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