The AMQP specification defines the basic.reject method that allows clients to reject individual, delivered messages, instructing the broker to either discard them or requeue them. Unfortunately, basic.reject provides no support for negatively acknowledging messages in bulk.
To solve this, RabbitMQ supports the basic.nack method that provides all the functionality of basic.reject whilst also allowing for bulk processing of messages.
To reject messages in bulk, clients set the multiple flag of the basic.nack method to true. The broker will then reject all unacknowledged, delivered messages up to and including the message specified in the delivery_tag field of the basic.nack method. In this respect, basic.nack complements the bulk acknowledgement semantics of basic.ack.
This example rejects a single message, asking the broker to requeue it:
GetResponse gr = channel.basicGet("some.queue", false); channel.basicNack(gr.getEnvelope().getDeliveryTag(), false, true);
This example rejects two messages with a single call to the broker (the second argument on basicNack is the multiple flag):
GetResponse gr1 = channel.basicGet("some.queue", false); GetResponse gr2 = channel.basicGet("some.queue", false); channel.basicNack(gr2.getEnvelope().getDeliveryTag(), true, true);