Control Bus

Since Camel 2.11

The Control Bus from the EIP patterns allows for the integration system to be monitored and managed from within the framework.


Use a Control Bus to manage an enterprise integration system. The Control Bus uses the same messaging mechanism used by the application data, but uses separate channels to transmit data that is relevant to the management of components involved in the message flow.

In Camel you can manage and monitor using JMX, or by using a Java API from the CamelContext, or from the package,
or use the event notifier which has an example here.

From Camel 2.11 onwards we have introduced a new ControlBus Component that allows you to send messages to a control bus Endpoint that reacts accordingly.

ControlBus Component

Since Camel 2.11

The controlbus: component provides easy management of Camel applications based on the Control Bus EIP pattern. For example, by sending a message to an Endpoint you can control the lifecycle of routes, or gather performance statistics.


Where command can be any string to identify which type of command to use.


Command Description


To control routes using the routeId and action parameter.


Allows you to specify a Language to use for evaluating the message body. If there is any result from the evaluation, then the result is put in the message body.


The Control Bus component has no options.

The Control Bus endpoint is configured using URI syntax:


with the following path and query parameters:

Path Parameters (2 parameters):

Name Description Default Type


Required Command can be either route or language



Allows you to specify the name of a Language to use for evaluating the message body. If there is any result from the evaluation, then the result is put in the message body.


Query Parameters (6 parameters):

Name Description Default Type

action (producer)

To denote an action that can be either: start, stop, or status. To either start or stop a route, or to get the status of the route as output in the message body. You can use suspend and resume from Camel 2.11.1 onwards to either suspend or resume a route. And from Camel 2.11.1 onwards you can use stats to get performance statics returned in XML format; the routeId option can be used to define which route to get the performance stats for, if routeId is not defined, then you get statistics for the entire CamelContext. The restart action will restart the route.


async (producer)

Whether to execute the control bus task asynchronously. Important: If this option is enabled, then any result from the task is not set on the Exchange. This is only possible if executing tasks synchronously.



loggingLevel (producer)

Logging level used for logging when task is done, or if any exceptions occurred during processing the task.



restartDelay (producer)

The delay in millis to use when restarting a route.



routeId (producer)

To specify a route by its id. The special keyword current indicates the current route.


synchronous (advanced)

Sets whether synchronous processing should be strictly used, or Camel is allowed to use asynchronous processing (if supported).



You can append query options to the URI in the following format, ?option=value&option=value&…​

Using route command

The route command allows you to do common tasks on a given route very easily, for example to start a route, you can send an empty message to this endpoint:

template.sendBody("controlbus:route?routeId=foo&action=start", null);

To get the status of the route, you can do:

String status = template.requestBody("controlbus:route?routeId=foo&action=status", null, String.class);

Getting performance statistics

Since Camel 2.11.1

This requires JMX to be enabled (is by default) then you can get the performance statics per route, or for the CamelContext. For example to get the statics for a route named foo, we can do:

String xml = template.requestBody("controlbus:route?routeId=foo&action=stats", null, String.class);

The returned statics is in XML format. Its the same data you can get from JMX with the dumpRouteStatsAsXml operation on the ManagedRouteMBean.

To get statics for the entire CamelContext you just omit the routeId parameter as shown below:

String xml = template.requestBody("controlbus:route?action=stats", null, String.class);

Using Simple language

You can use the Simple language with the control bus, for example to stop a specific route, you can send a message to the "controlbus:language:simple" endpoint containing the following message:

template.sendBody("controlbus:language:simple", "${camelContext.stopRoute('myRoute')}");

As this is a void operation, no result is returned. However, if you want the route status you can do:

String status = template.requestBody("controlbus:language:simple", "${camelContext.getRouteStatus('myRoute')}", String.class);

It’s easier to use the route command to control lifecycle of routes. The language command allows you to execute a language script that has stronger powers such as Groovy or to some extend the Simple language.

For example to shutdown Camel itself you can do:

template.sendBody("controlbus:language:simple?async=true", "${camelContext.stop()}");

We use async=true to stop Camel asynchronously as otherwise we would be trying to stop Camel while it was in-flight processing the message we sent to the control bus component.

You can also use other languages such as Groovy, etc.