The intercept feature in Camel supports intercepting Exchanges while they are on route.
We have overhauled the Intercept in Camel 2.0 so the following information is based on Camel 2.0.
Camel supports three kinds of interceptors:
intercept that intercepts each and every processing step while routing an Exchange in the route.
interceptFrom that intercepts incoming Exchange in the route.
interceptSendToEndpoint that intercepts when an Exchange is about to be sent to the given Endpoint.
These interceptors supports the following features:
- Predicate using
when to only trigger the interceptor in certain conditions
stop forces to stop continue routing the Exchange and mark it as completed successful. Camel will by default not stop.
skip when used with
interceptSendToEndpoint will skip sending the Exchange to the original intended endpoint. Camel will by default not skip.
interceptSendToEndpoint supports endpoint URI matching by: exact uri, wildcard, regular expression. See advanced section.
- The intercepted endpoint uri is stored as message header
stop can be used in general, it does not have to be used with an Intercept you can use it in regular routing as well.
You can also instruct Camel to
stop continue routing your message if you set the
Exchange.ROUTE_STOP property to
Boolean.TRUE on the Exchange. You can for instance do this from regular Java code in a POJO or Processor.
Intercept is like a regular interceptor that is applied on each processing step the Exchange undergo while its being routed. You can think of it as a AOP before that is applied at each DSL keyword you have defined in your route.
The classic Hello World example would be:
What happens is that the Exchange is intercepted before each processing step, that means that it will be intercepted before
So in this sample we intercept the Exchange twice.
when predicate is also support on the
intercept so we can attach a Predicate to only trigger the interception under certain conditions.
For instance in the sample below we only intercept if the message body contains the string word Hello:
And in the route below we want to stop in certain conditions, when the message contains the word 'Hello':
Using from Spring DSL
The same hello world sample in Spring DSL would be:
And the sample for using the when predicate would be:
And the sample for using the when and stop would be:
InterceptFrom is for intercepting any incoming Exchange, in any route (it intercepts all the
from DSLs). This allows you to do some custom behavior for received Exchanges. You can provide a specific uri for a given Endpoint then it only applies for that particular route.
So lets start with the logging example. We want to log all the incoming requests so we use
interceptFrom to route to the Log component. As
proceed is default then the Exchange will continue its route, and thus it will continue to
You can also attach a Predicate to only trigger if certain conditions is meet. For instance in the route below we intercept when a test message is send to us, so we can do some custom processing before we continue routing:
And if we want to filter out certain messages we can use the
stop() to instruct Camel to stop continue routing the Exchange:
And if want to only apply a specific endpoint, as the seda:bar endpoint in the sample below, we can do it like this:
Using from Spring DSL
Intercept is of course also available using Spring DSL as shown in the sample below:
stop is also supported in
interceptFrom so you can intercept from certain endpoints and route then elsewhere and
stop to not continue routing in the original intended route path.
Available as of Camel 2.0
Intercept send to endpoint is triggered when an Exchange is being sent to the intercepted endpoint. This allows you to route the Exchange to a Detour or do some custom processing before the Exchange is sent to the original intended destination. You can also skip sending to the intended destination. By default Camel will send to the original intended destination after the intercepted route completes. And as the regular intercept you can also define an
when Predicate so we only intercept if the Predicate evaluates to true. This allows you do do a bit of filtering, to only intercept when certain criteria is meet.
Let start with a simple example, where we want to intercept when an Exchange is being sent to
And this time we add the Predicate so its only when the message body is
Hello World we intercept.
And to skip sending to the
mock:foo endpoint we use the *
skip() DSL in the route at the end to instruct Camel to skip sending to the original intended endpoint.
The combination of
skipSendToEndpoint with a
when predicate behaves differently depending on the Camel version:
- Before Camel 2.10: the skipping is applied unconditionally whether the
when predicate is matched or not, i.e. the
when predicate only determines whether the body of the interception will execute, but it does not control skipping behaviour
- As of Camel 2.10: the skipping only occurs if the
when predicate is matched, leading to more natural logic altogether.
Using from Spring DSL
Intercept endpoint is of course also available using Spring DSL.
We start with the first example from above in Spring DSL:
And the 2nd. Notice how we can leverage the Simple language for the Predicate:
And the 3rd with the
skip, notice skip is set with the
skipSendToOriginalEndpoint attribute on the interceptSendToEndpoint tag:
Advanced usage of Intercpt
interceptSendToEndpoint supports endpoint URI matching by the following rules in the given order:
- match by exact URI name. This is the sample we have seen above.
- match by wildcard
- match by regular expression.
The real endpoint that was intercepted is stored as uri in the message IN header with the key
This allows you to get hold of this information, when you for instance match by wildcard. Then you know the real endpoint that was intercepted and can react accordingly.
Match by wildcard
Match by wildcard allows you to match a range of endpoint or all of a given type. For instance use
uri="file:*" will match all File based endpoints.
Wildcards is match that the text before the * is matched against the given endpoint and if it also starts with the same characters its a match. For instance you can do:
To intercept any files received from the
Match by regular expression
Match by regular expression is just like match by wildcard but using regex instead. So if we want to intercept incoming messages from gold and silver JMS queues we can do:
About dynamic and static behavior of interceptFrom and interceptSendToEndpoint
interceptSendToEndpoint is dynamic hence it will also trigger if a dynamic URI is constructed that Camel was not aware of at startup time.
interceptFrom is not dynamic as it only intercepts input to routes registered as routes in
CamelContext. So if you dynamic construct a
Consumer using the Camel API and consumes an Endpoint then the
interceptFrom is not triggered.