Apache Camel Spring Boot starters

Camel support for Spring Boot provides auto-configuration of the Camel and starters for many Camel components. Our opinionated auto-configuration of the Camel context auto-detects Camel routes available in the Spring context and registers the key Camel utilities (like producer template, consumer template and the type converter) as beans.

Get started by adding the Camel Spring Boot BOM to your Maven pom.xml file.

<dependencyManagement>

    <dependencies>
        <!-- Camel BOM -->
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.camel.springboot</groupId>
            <artifactId>camel-spring-boot-bom</artifactId>
            <version>${project.version}</version>
            <type>pom</type>
            <scope>import</scope>
        </dependency>
        <!-- ... other BOMs or dependencies ... -->
    </dependencies>

</dependencyManagement>

The camel-spring-boot-bom is a basic BOM that only holds the list of Camel Spring Boot starter JARs.

Next, add the Camel Spring Boot starter to startup the Camel Context.

    <dependencies>
        <!-- Camel Starter -->
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.camel.springboot</groupId>
            <artifactId>camel-spring-boot-starter</artifactId>
        </dependency>
        <!-- ... other dependencies ... -->
    </dependencies>

And any component starters your Spring Boot application requires. For example this adds the auto-configuration starter for the ActiveMQ component.

    <dependencies>
        <!-- ... other dependencies ... -->
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.camel.springboot</groupId>
            <artifactId>camel-activemq-starter</artifactId>
        </dependency>
    </dependencies>

Camel Spring Boot BOM vs Camel Spring Boot Dependencies BOM

There is a curated camel-spring-boot-dependencies which is a generated BOM that has adjusted the JARs that both Spring Boot and Apache Camel may use to use single shared version that will not conflict. This BOM is what is used to test camel-spring-boot itself. However Spring Boot users may want to use pure Camel dependencies and hence why you can use camel-spring-boot-bom that only has the Camel starter JARs as managed dependencies. This may lead to a classpath conflict if a 3rd party JAR from Spring Boot is not compatible with a Camel component.

Making sure Camel context is running in standalone Spring Boot

To ensure the Spring Boot application keeps running until being stopped or the JVM terminated, typically only need when running Spring Boot standalone, i.e. not with spring-boot-starter-web when the web container keeps the JVM running, set the camel.springboot.main-run-controller=true property in your configuration. For example in application.properties.

# to keep the JVM running
camel.springboot.main-run-controller = true

Spring Boot configuration support

Each component starter lists configuration parameters you can configure in the standard application.properties or application.yml files. These parameters have the form of camel.component.[component-name].[parameter]. For example to configure the URL of the ActiveMQ broker you can set:

camel.component.activemq.broker-u-r-l=tcp://localhost:61616

Adding Camel routes

Camel routes are detected in the Spring application context, for example a route annotated with org.springframework.stereotype.Component will be loaded, added to the Camel context and run.

import org.apache.camel.builder.RouteBuilder;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Component;

@Component
public class MyRoute extends RouteBuilder {

    @Override
    public void configure() throws Exception {
        from("...")
            .to("...");
    }

}