This document describes features that will be available in Camel K 1.2.x (not released at the time of writing: August 08, 2020)

One of the goals of Camel K is to provide connectors that can be easily installed on any Kubernetes cluster and used when needed to provide data to internal services or publish data outside, without requiring any in-depth knowledge about Apache Camel from the end-users.

Knative Sources fall into this category, but in general, sources described here can be used with any underlying technology.

Knative CamelSources is a community effort to provide specific sources for Knative. What we describe in this document is a more general approach that is an alternative to Knative CamelSources and aims to supersede them.

Sources Design

The following diagram shows how sources are materialized from their elementary building blocks.

Next-gen Sources diagram

Kamelets as Abstract Sources

In the context of sources, Kamelets play the role of abstract sources that can be materialized once the user provides values for all mandatory parameters contained in the Kamelet specification.

What follows is a simple Kamelet that can produce periodic events with a specified payload:

kind: Kamelet
  name: timer
    title: "Timer"
    description: "Produces periodic events with a custom payload"
      - message
      payload: (1)
        title: Payload
        description: The message to generate as payload of each Cloudevent
        type: string
  # continues with the flow declaration
  # ...
1 The definition of the payload property

The Kamelet contains the definition of all properties in JSON Schema format. In this example, there’s only a single property named payload.

A Kamelet does nothing when created on a cluster, but it can be used later to create sources, as explained in the remainder of this document.

Integration: binding a Kamelet to a destination

An integration can be used to bind a Kamelet to a destination, providing values for all the Kamelet parameters.

For example, the following integration binds the timer Kamelet to the Knative InMemoryChannel named mychannel:

kind: Integration
  name: timer-source
  - from:
      uri: kamelet:timer (1)
        payload: "Hello World" (2)
      - to: knative:channel/mychannel? (3)
1 Reference to the Kamelet named timer
2 Value for the payload required property (and others, if present)
3 Destination of the generated events

When binding a Kamelet to a single (fully specified) Knative destination, Camel K does not attempt to do any binding, instead, it delegates the actual mapping to a Knative SinkBinding resource.

The SinkBinding intercepts the creation of the Deployment containing the integration specification, to inject the exact coordinates of the destination (in the example, of the InMemoryChannel named mychannel). This mechanism works also if the integration is materialized into a Knative Serving Service or into a CronJob, not only if a standard Deployment is used.

The SinkBinding resource is also interpreted at Knative level as a standard source, so the kn CLI is able to properly recognize it. UI tools based on Knative, e.g. the OpenShift console, should also be able to display it as a standard source.