CXFRS Component

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When using CXF as a consumer, the CXF Bean Component allows you to factor out how message payloads are received from their processing as a RESTful or SOAP web service. This has the potential of using a multitude of transports to consume web services. The bean component's configuration is also simpler and provides the fastest method to implement web services using Camel and CXF.

The cxfrs: component provides integration with Apache CXF for connecting to JAX-RS services hosted in CXF.

Maven users will need to add the following dependency to their pom.xml for this component:

URI format

Where address represents the CXF endpoint's address

Where rsEndpoint represents the spring bean's name which presents the CXFRS client or server

For either style above, you can append options to the URI as follows:

Options

Name

Description

Example

Required?

default value

resourceClasses

The resource classes which you want to export as REST service. Multiple classes can be separated by comma.

resourceClasses=org.apache.camel.rs.Example1,
org.apache.camel.rs.Exchange2

No

None

resourceClass

Deprecated: Use resourceClasses The resource class which you want to export as REST service.

resourceClass =org.apache.camel.rs.Example1

No

None

httpClientAPI

new to Camel 2.1 If it is true, the CxfRsProducer will use the HttpClientAPI to invoke the service
If it is false, the CxfRsProducer will use the ProxyClientAPI to invoke the service

httpClientAPI=true

No

true

synchronous

New in 2.5, this option will let CxfRsConsumer decide to use sync or async API to do the underlying work. The default value is false which means it will try to use async API by default.

synchronous=true

No

false

throwExceptionOnFailure

New in 2.6, this option tells the CxfRsProducer to inspect return codes and will generate an Exception if the return code is larger than 207.

throwExceptionOnFailure=true

No

true

maxClientCacheSize

New in 2.6, you can set a IN message header CamelDestinationOverrideUrl to dynamically override the target destination Web Service or REST Service defined in your routes.  The implementation caches CXF clients or ClientFactoryBean in CxfProvider and CxfRsProvider.  This option allows you to configure the maximum size of the cache.

maxClientCacheSize=5

No

10

setDefaultBus

New in 2.9.0. Will set the default bus when CXF endpoint create a bus by itself

setDefaultBus=true

No

false

bus

New in 2.9.0. A default bus created by CXF Bus Factory. Use # notation to reference a bus object from the registry. The referenced object must be an instance of org.apache.cxf.Bus.

bus=#busName

No

None

bindingStyle

As of 2.11. Sets how requests and responses will be mapped to/from Camel. Two values are possible:

bindingStyle=SimpleConsumer

No

Default

providersSince Camel 2.12.2 set custom JAX-RS providers list to the CxfRs endpoint.providers=#MyProvidersNoNone
schemaLocationsSince Camel 2.12.2 Sets the locations of the schemas which can be used to validate the incoming XML or JAXB-driven JSON.schemaLocations=#MySchemaLocationsNoNone
featuresSince Camel 2.12.3 Set the feature list to the CxfRs endpoint.features=#MyFeaturesNoNone
propertiesSince Camel 2.12.4 Set the properties to the CxfRs endpoint.properties=#MyPropertiesNoNone
inInterceptorsSince Camel 2.12.4 Set the inInterceptors to the CxfRs endpoint.inInterceptors=#MyInterceptorsNoNone
outInterceptorsSince Camel 2.12.4 Set the outInterceptor to the CxfRs endpoint.outInterceptors=#MyInterceptorsNoNone
inFaultInterceptorsSince Camel 2.12.4 Set the inFaultInterceptors to the CxfRs endpoint.inFaultInterceptors=#MyInterceptorsNoNone
outFaultIntercetprosSince Camel 2.12.4 Set the outFaultInterceptors to the CxfRs endpoint.outFaultInterceptors=#MyInterceptorsNoNone

You can also configure the CXF REST endpoint through the spring configuration. Since there are lots of difference between the CXF REST client and CXF REST Server, we provide different configuration for them.
Please check out the schema file and CXF REST user guide for more information.

How to configure the REST endpoint in Camel

In camel-cxf schema file, there are two elements for the REST endpoint definition. cxf:rsServer for REST consumer, cxf:rsClient for REST producer.
You can find a Camel REST service route configuration example here.

Consuming a REST Request - Simple Binding Style

Available as of Camel 2.11

The Default binding style is rather low-level, requiring the user to manually process the MessageContentsList object coming into the route. Thus, it tightly couples the route logic with the method signature and parameter indices of the JAX-RS operation. Somewhat inelegant, difficult and error-prone.

In contrast, the SimpleConsumer binding style performs the following mappings, in order to make the request data more accessible to you within the Camel Message:

  • JAX-RS Parameters (@HeaderParam, @QueryParam, etc.) are injected as IN message headers. The header name matches the value of the annotation.
  • The request entity (POJO or other type) becomes the IN message body. If a single entity cannot be identified in the JAX-RS method signature, it falls back to the original MessageContentsList.
  • Binary @Multipart body parts become IN message attachments, supporting DataHandler, InputStream, DataSource and CXF's Attachment class.
  • Non-binary @Multipart body parts are mapped as IN message headers. The header name matches the Body Part name.

Additionally, the following rules apply to the Response mapping:

  • If the message body type is different to javax.ws.rs.core.Response (user-built response), a new Response is created and the message body is set as the entity (so long it's not null). The response status code is taken from the Exchange.HTTP_RESPONSE_CODE header, or defaults to 200 OK if not present.
  • If the message body type is equal to javax.ws.rs.core.Response, it means that the user has built a custom response, and therefore it is respected and it becomes the final response.
  • In all cases, Camel headers permitted by custom or default HeaderFilterStrategy are added to the HTTP response.

Enabling the Simple Binding Style

This binding style can be activated by setting the bindingStyle parameter in the consumer endpoint to value SimpleConsumer:

Examples of request binding with different method signatures

Below is a list of method signatures along with the expected result from the Simple binding.

public Response doAction(BusinessObject request);
Request payload is placed in IN message body, replacing the original MessageContentsList.

public Response doAction(BusinessObject request, @HeaderParam("abcd") String abcd, @QueryParam("defg") String defg);
Request payload placed in IN message body, replacing the original MessageContentsList. Both request params mapped as IN message headers with names abcd and defg.

public Response doAction(@HeaderParam("abcd") String abcd, @QueryParam("defg") String defg);
Both request params mapped as IN message headers with names abcd and defg. The original MessageContentsList is preserved, even though it only contains the 2 parameters.

public Response doAction(@Multipart(value="body1") BusinessObject request, @Multipart(value="body2") BusinessObject request2);
The first parameter is transferred as a header with name body1, and the second one is mapped as header body2. The original MessageContentsList is preserved as the IN message body.

public Response doAction(InputStream abcd);
The InputStream is unwrapped from the MessageContentsList and preserved as the IN message body.

public Response doAction(DataHandler abcd);
The DataHandler is unwrapped from the MessageContentsList and preserved as the IN message body.

More examples of the Simple Binding Style

Given a JAX-RS resource class with this method:

Serviced by the following route:

The following HTTP request with XML payload (given that the Customer DTO is JAXB-annotated):

Will print the message:

For more examples on how to process requests and write responses can be found here.

Consuming a REST Request - Default Binding Style

CXF JAXRS front end implements the JAXRS(JSR311) API, so we can export the resources classes as a REST service. And we leverage the CXF Invoker API to turn a REST request into a normal Java object method invocation.
Unlike the camel-restlet, you don't need to specify the URI template within your restlet endpoint, CXF take care of the REST request URI to resource class method mapping according to the JSR311 specification. All you need to do in Camel is delegate this method request to a right processor or endpoint.

Here is an example of a CXFRS route...

And the corresponding resource class used to configure the endpoint...

note about the resource class

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This class is used to configure the JAXRS properties ONLY. The methods will NOT be executed during the routing of messages to the endpoint, the route itself is responsible for ALL processing instead.

How to invoke the REST service through camel-cxfrs producer

CXF JAXRS front end implements a proxy based client API, with this API you can invoke the remote REST service through a proxy.
camel-cxfrs producer is based on this proxy API.
So, you just need to specify the operation name in the message header and prepare the parameter in the message body, camel-cxfrs producer will generate right REST request for you.

Here is an example

CXF JAXRS front end also provides a http centric client API, You can also invoke this API from camel-cxfrs producer. You need to specify the HTTP_PATH and Http method and let the the producer know to use the http centric client by using the URI option httpClientAPI or set the message header with CxfConstants.CAMEL_CXF_RS_USING_HTTP_API. You can turn the response object to the type class that you specify with CxfConstants.CAMEL_CXF_RS_RESPONSE_CLASS.

From Camel 2.1, we also support to specify the query parameters from cxfrs URI for the CXFRS http centric client.

To support the Dynamical routing, you can override the URI's query parameters by using the CxfConstants.CAMEL_CXF_RS_QUERY_MAP header to set the parameter map for it.

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