Subscription filtering policies

By default, a subscriber of zaqar topic receives every message published to the topic. To receive only a subset of the messages, a subscriber assigns a filter policy to the topic subscription. So in this case, zaqar need to support message filtering. This function is similar to Amazon SNS message filtering[1].

This feature supports all subscription endpoint, including mail, webhook.

Problem description

The current subscription lacks flexibility due to the fact that it does not support message filtering. When a subscriber subscribes to a topic, all messages which sent to the topic will be sent to this subscriber. So, this feature is intended to solve the problem, which allows the user to specify the filter policies when creating a subscription and publish messages, and ultimately, the filter policies matching decides which subscriber will receive the message.

Proposed change

The filter policy is a simple JSON object. The policy contains attributes that define which messages the subscriber receives. When you publish a message to a topic, Zaqar compares the message attributes to the attributes in the filter policy for each of the topic’s subscriptions. If there is a match between the attributes, Zaqar sends the message to the subscriber. Otherwise, Zaqar skips the subscriber without sending the message to it.

With filter policies, you can simplify your message filtering criteria into your topic subscriptions. With this consolidation, you can offload the message filtering logic from subscribers and the message routing logic from publishers. Therefore, you do not need to filter messages by creating a separate topic for each filtering condition. Instead, you can use a single topic, and you can differentiate your messages with attributes. Each subscriber receives and processes only those messages accepted by its filter policy.

For example, you could use a single topic to publish all messages generated by transactions from your online retail site. To each message, you could assign an attribute that indicates the type of transaction, such as order_placed, order_cancelled, or order_declined. With filter policies, you can route each message to the different subscriber that is meant to process the message’s transaction type.

To do this, a new attribute named filter_policies need to be added to both the message and subscription. Note that this property is optional and does not affect existing functionality.

When you create a subscription, you can specify the filter policies, just like this:

``{'subscriber': '',
   'options':{'filter_policies': ['order_placed']}}``

Then when you send a message to the topic, you can choose to add the attribute, just like this:

``{'body': 'test', 'filter_policies': ['order_placed']}``

Finally, zaqar decides which subscribers the message should be sent to according to the following rules:

  • If the subscriber does not have any filter_policies, all messages will be sent to the subscriber.
  • If the message does not contain any filter_policies, it will not be sent to the subscriber which has filter_policies.
  • If the message and the subscriber’s filter_policies have intersecting collections, the message will be sent to the subscriber.
  • If the message and the subscriber both have filter_policies, but there is no intersection set, no message will be sent to the subscriber.
  • The relationship of the content in order_placed is or, it means that the message will be sent to the subscriptions that match anyone filters in order_placed.







Primary assignee:
cdyangzhenyu <>


Target Milestone for completion:

Work Items

  1. Change the message subscription process for applying this feature.
  2. Add release note for this feature.
  3. Update API reference.
  4. Add user/developer document for this feature.
  5. Change unit, functional and tempest tests accordingly.