There are a few example programs to test out ActiveMQ in the org.activemq.tool package in the unit test area.
Before running the examples you should try running a JMS server on your machine. You can run them do this by running the main() in the org.activemq.broker.impl.Main class inside your IDE.
Another option is to run it from inside Maven
For all of these examples you can specify specific URLs to connect to or run a server on as we shall see below.
You can run the example programs from inside your IDE as they are stand alone Java applications. e.g. ConsumerTool consumes on a topic/queue and PublisherTool publishes on a topic/queue.
You can run them from inside Maven via the following.
maven consumer -Durl=tcp://localhost:61616