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Data model

This chapter describes domain language of Hermes, that is used consistently throughout all documentation. It maps directly to the way Hermes stores metadata and how users interact with the system.

Main concepts

  • publisher sends messages to Hermes
  • subscriber expects to receive messages from Hermes
  • group is a group of topics administered by one publisher, for example to divide whole topics space into domain and bounded context groups
  • topic holds messages of same type, defines type, schema and persistence of all messages stored, subscribers can subscribe to messages stored on topics
  • subscription is created per topic, holds information about consumed messages and other subscriber defined properties like maximum delivery rate or retry policy

Naming convention

Topic is usually referred using full-qualified name, which consists of group name and topic name separated by dot. Group name can contain any characters - letters., numbers, dots. However, topic name can not contain dots.

  • group name:
  • topic name: eventsPublished
  • full-qualified topic name:

In full-qualified topic name, topic name is always the segment after the last dot.

Subscriptions names are used only in context of topic, thus there are no special conventions for their names. They only have to be unique locally, in scope of current topic.


Publisher creates group that will hold topics. When topic is configured, publisher can start publishing messages. Subscriber creates subscription on given topic to receive published messages. Subscriber receives messages starting from moment of subscription creation.