Running Locally

While Camel K is a framework for running integrations on a cloud, it also allows you to run your integration locally during development.

Not all features are available for the local running. See Limitations.

Available Commands

Available subcommands for kamel local are:

Table 1. Available Commands
Name Description Example


Build integration images locally

kamel local build


Generate dependencies list given integration files

kamel local inspect


Run integration locally

kamel local run

To run an integration locally:

$ kamel local run hello.groovy

To inspect which dependencies are resolved in the integration you are developing:

$ kamel local inspect hello.groovy

For more information on what options each subcommand accepts, run it with the --help option:

$ kamel local <subcommand> --help

Local Build

The local build subcommand can build integration images locally for development purposes. It provides three main use cases:

It is not intended to be a feature for packaging integrations for later deployment on a Kubernetes cluster. It is purely for development and running on Docker.

To package an integration, use kamel kit create to create an IntegrationKit on a cluster as a way to package your self-contained resources. Then you can move those kits and reuse them on another cluster.

Building an integration

To build an integration image locally, you at lease need to specify an image name with the --image option in addition to the integration files you want to build.

$ kamel local build hello.groovy

Building a base image

You can also build only a base image (integration-base-image) locally that all integration images are based on. It requires two options, --base-image and --container-registry, and no arguments.

$ kamel local build --base-image

It will create a image locally.

Creating a directory structure

You can create a directory structure with the integration files: property files, routes, and dependencies.

$ kamel local build --integration-directory <dir-name> file1.yaml file3.groovy

The directory will be created in the parent directory of where the command was invoked and will contain the following directory structure:

├── dependencies/
├── properties/
└── routes/

The properties, routes, and dependencies subdirectories will contain the respective integration files.

For convenience you can output just the dependencies with --dependencies-only as follows:

$ kamel local build --integration-directory <dir-name> --dependencies-only file1.yaml file3.groovy

The created integration directory can later be run with the local run subcommand. See Running with an integration directory.

Local Run

You can run integrations locally with the local run subcommand.

$ kamel local run hello.groovy

Running with an image

You can also run an integration from an image which has been already built with the local build subcommand:

$ kamel local run

You can also build and run an image all at once with the --containerize option:

$ kamel local run --containerize hello.groovy

Running with an integration directory

The local run subcommand can take as input an integration directory constructed by local build.

Only full integration directories can be processed; i.e. directories created with --dependencies-only are not supported.

local run can use an integration directory as input and run the integration locally:

$ kamel local run --integration-directory <dir-name>

local run can use an integration directory and run the integration within a container:

$ kamel local run --integration-directory <dir-name> --containerize --network=host --image <image-name>

For now, if route files contain modeline options which depend on lazily evaluated environment variables (for example, [[env:ENV_VAR]]) then the command above will need to specify the environment variable explicitly like so:

$ kamel local run --integration-directory <dir-name> --env ENV_VAR
$ kamel local run --integration-directory <dir-name> --containerize --network=host --image <image-name> --env ENV_VAR


  • Since there is no platform to leverage, traits are not usable for kamel local commands. If you specify any traits in the modeline, they are simply ignored; The commands show a warning and run an integration locally without traits.