Publish with concurrency control

Configures a publisher to have different numbers of threads for publishing messages and processing message futures.

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Before trying this sample, follow the C++ setup instructions in the Pub/Sub quickstart using client libraries. For more information, see the Pub/Sub C++ API reference documentation.

namespace pubsub = ::google::cloud::pubsub;
using ::google::cloud::future;
using ::google::cloud::GrpcBackgroundThreadPoolSizeOption;
using ::google::cloud::Options;
using ::google::cloud::StatusOr;
[](std::string project_id, std::string topic_id) {
  auto topic = pubsub::Topic(std::move(project_id), std::move(topic_id));
  // Override the default number of background (I/O) threads. By default the
  // library uses `std::thread::hardware_concurrency()` threads.
  auto options = Options{}.set<GrpcBackgroundThreadPoolSizeOption>(8);
  auto publisher = pubsub::Publisher(
      pubsub::MakePublisherConnection(std::move(topic), std::move(options)));

  std::vector<future<void>> ids;
  for (char const* data : {"1", "2", "3", "go!"}) {
            .then([data](future<StatusOr<std::string>> f) {
              auto s = f.get();
              if (!s) return;
              std::cout << "Sent '" << data << "' (" << *s << ")\n";
  // Block until they are actually sent.
  for (auto& id : ids) id.get();


Before trying this sample, follow the Go setup instructions in the Pub/Sub quickstart using client libraries. For more information, see the Pub/Sub Go API reference documentation.

import (


func publishSingleGoroutine(w io.Writer, projectID, topicID, msg string) error {
	// projectID := "my-project-id"
	// topicID := "my-topic"
	// msg := "Hello World"
	ctx := context.Background()
	client, err := pubsub.NewClient(ctx, projectID)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("pubsub.NewClient: %v", err)
	defer client.Close()

	t := client.Topic(topicID)
	t.PublishSettings.NumGoroutines = 1

	result := t.Publish(ctx, &pubsub.Message{Data: []byte(msg)})
	// Block until the result is returned and a server-generated
	// ID is returned for the published message.
	id, err := result.Get(ctx)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("Get: %v", err)
	fmt.Fprintf(w, "Published a message; msg ID: %v\n", id)
	return nil


Before trying this sample, follow the Java setup instructions in the Pub/Sub quickstart using client libraries. For more information, see the Pub/Sub Java API reference documentation.

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException;
import java.util.concurrent.TimeUnit;

public class PublishWithConcurrencyControlExample {
  public static void main(String... args) throws Exception {
    // TODO(developer): Replace these variables before running the sample.
    String projectId = "your-project-id";
    String topicId = "your-topic-id";

    publishWithConcurrencyControlExample(projectId, topicId);

  public static void publishWithConcurrencyControlExample(String projectId, String topicId)
      throws IOException, ExecutionException, InterruptedException {
    TopicName topicName = TopicName.of(projectId, topicId);
    Publisher publisher = null;
    List<ApiFuture<String>> messageIdFutures = new ArrayList<>();

    try {
      // Provides an executor service for processing messages. The default
      // `executorProvider` used by the publisher has a default thread count of
      // 5 * the number of processors available to the Java virtual machine.
      ExecutorProvider executorProvider =

      // `setExecutorProvider` configures an executor for the publisher.
      publisher = Publisher.newBuilder(topicName).setExecutorProvider(executorProvider).build();

      // schedule publishing one message at a time : messages get automatically batched
      for (int i = 0; i < 100; i++) {
        String message = "message " + i;
        ByteString data = ByteString.copyFromUtf8(message);
        PubsubMessage pubsubMessage = PubsubMessage.newBuilder().setData(data).build();

        // Once published, returns a server-assigned message id (unique within the topic)
        ApiFuture<String> messageIdFuture = publisher.publish(pubsubMessage);
    } finally {
      // Wait on any pending publish requests.
      List<String> messageIds = ApiFutures.allAsList(messageIdFutures).get();

      System.out.println("Published " + messageIds.size() + " messages with concurrency control.");

      if (publisher != null) {
        // When finished with the publisher, shutdown to free up resources.
        publisher.awaitTermination(1, TimeUnit.MINUTES);


Before trying this sample, follow the Ruby setup instructions in the Pub/Sub quickstart using client libraries. For more information, see the Pub/Sub Ruby API reference documentation.

# topic_id = "your-topic-id"
require "google/cloud/pubsub"

pubsub =

topic = pubsub.topic topic_id, async: {
  threads: {
    # Use exactly one thread for publishing message and exactly one thread
    # for executing callbacks
    publish:  1,
    callback: 1
topic.publish_async "This is a test message." do |result|
  raise "Failed to publish the message." unless result.succeeded?
  puts "Message published asynchronously."

# Stop the async_publisher to send all queued messages immediately.

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