FOP

Since Camel 2.10

Only producer is supported

The FOP component allows you to render a message into different output formats using Apache FOP.

Maven users will need to add the following dependency to their pom.xml for this component:

<dependency>
    <groupId>org.apache.camel</groupId>
    <artifactId>camel-fop</artifactId>
    <version>x.x.x</version>
    <!-- use the same version as your Camel core version -->
</dependency>

URI format

fop://outputFormat?[options]

Output Formats

The primary output format is PDF but other output formats are also supported:

name outputFormat description

PDF

application/pdf

Portable Document Format

PS

application/postscript

Adobe Postscript

PCL

application/x-pcl

Printer Control Language

PNG

image/png

PNG images

JPEG

image/jpeg

JPEG images

SVG

image/svg+xml

Scalable Vector Graphics

XML

application/X-fop-areatree

Area tree representation

MIF

application/mif

FrameMaker’s MIF

RTF

application/rtf

Rich Text Format

TXT

text/plain

Text

The complete list of valid output formats can be found in the MimeConstants.java source file.

Configuring Options

Camel components are configured on two separate levels:

  • component level

  • endpoint level

Configuring Component Options

The component level is the highest level which holds general and common configurations that are inherited by the endpoints. For example a component may have security settings, credentials for authentication, urls for network connection and so forth.

Some components only have a few options, and others may have many. Because components typically have pre configured defaults that are commonly used, then you may often only need to configure a few options on a component; or none at all.

Configuring components can be done with the Component DSL, in a configuration file (application.properties|yaml), or directly with Java code.

Configuring Endpoint Options

Where you find yourself configuring the most is on endpoints, as endpoints often have many options, which allows you to configure what you need the endpoint to do. The options are also categorized into whether the endpoint is used as consumer (from) or as a producer (to), or used for both.

Configuring endpoints is most often done directly in the endpoint URI as path and query parameters. You can also use the Endpoint DSL as a type safe way of configuring endpoints.

A good practice when configuring options is to use Property Placeholders, which allows to not hardcode urls, port numbers, sensitive information, and other settings. In other words placeholders allows to externalize the configuration from your code, and gives more flexibility and reuse.

The following two sections lists all the options, firstly for the component followed by the endpoint.

Component Options

The FOP component supports 2 options, which are listed below.

Name Description Default Type

lazyStartProducer (producer)

Whether the producer should be started lazy (on the first message). By starting lazy you can use this to allow CamelContext and routes to startup in situations where a producer may otherwise fail during starting and cause the route to fail being started. By deferring this startup to be lazy then the startup failure can be handled during routing messages via Camel’s routing error handlers. Beware that when the first message is processed then creating and starting the producer may take a little time and prolong the total processing time of the processing.

boolean

autowiredEnabled (advanced)

Whether autowiring is enabled. This is used for automatic autowiring options (the option must be marked as autowired) by looking up in the registry to find if there is a single instance of matching type, which then gets configured on the component. This can be used for automatic configuring JDBC data sources, JMS connection factories, AWS Clients, etc.

boolean

Endpoint Options

The FOP endpoint is configured using URI syntax:

fop:outputType

with the following path and query parameters:

Path Parameters (1 parameters)

Name Description Default Type

outputType (producer)

Required The primary output format is PDF but other output formats are also supported.

Enum values:

  • pdf

  • ps

  • pcl

  • png

  • jpeg

  • svg

  • xml

  • mif

  • rtf

  • txt

FopOutputType

Query Parameters (3 parameters)

Name Description Default Type

fopFactory (producer)

Allows to use a custom configured or implementation of org.apache.fop.apps.FopFactory.

FopFactory

lazyStartProducer (producer)

Whether the producer should be started lazy (on the first message). By starting lazy you can use this to allow CamelContext and routes to startup in situations where a producer may otherwise fail during starting and cause the route to fail being started. By deferring this startup to be lazy then the startup failure can be handled during routing messages via Camel’s routing error handlers. Beware that when the first message is processed then creating and starting the producer may take a little time and prolong the total processing time of the processing.

boolean

userConfigURL (producer)

The location of a configuration file which can be loaded from classpath or file system.

String

Configuration file

The location of a configuration file with the following structure. The file is loaded from the classpath by default. You can use file:, or classpath: as prefix to load the resource from file or classpath. In previous releases the file is always loaded from file system.

Message Operations

name default value description

CamelFop.Output.Format

Overrides the output format for that message

CamelFop.Encrypt.userPassword

PDF user password

CamelFop.Encrypt.ownerPassword

PDF owner passoword

CamelFop.Encrypt.allowPrint

true

Allows printing the PDF

CamelFop.Encrypt.allowCopyContent

true

Allows copying content of the PDF

CamelFop.Encrypt.allowEditContent

true

Allows editing content of the PDF

CamelFop.Encrypt.allowEditAnnotations

true

Allows editing annotation of the PDF

CamelFop.Render.producer

Apache FOP

Metadata element for the system/software that produces the document

CamelFop.Render.creator

Metadata element for the user that created the document

CamelFop.Render.creationDate

Creation Date

CamelFop.Render.author

Author of the content of the document

CamelFop.Render.title

Title of the document

CamelFop.Render.subject

Subject of the document

CamelFop.Render.keywords

Set of keywords applicable to this document

Example

Below is an example route that renders PDFs from xml data and xslt template and saves the PDF files in target folder:

from("file:source/data/xml")
    .to("xslt:xslt/template.xsl")
    .to("fop:application/pdf")
    .to("file:target/data");

Spring Boot Auto-Configuration

When using fop with Spring Boot make sure to use the following Maven dependency to have support for auto configuration:

<dependency>
  <groupId>org.apache.camel.springboot</groupId>
  <artifactId>camel-fop-starter</artifactId>
  <version>x.x.x</version>
  <!-- use the same version as your Camel core version -->
</dependency>

The component supports 3 options, which are listed below.

Name Description Default Type

camel.component.fop.autowired-enabled

Whether autowiring is enabled. This is used for automatic autowiring options (the option must be marked as autowired) by looking up in the registry to find if there is a single instance of matching type, which then gets configured on the component. This can be used for automatic configuring JDBC data sources, JMS connection factories, AWS Clients, etc.

true

Boolean

camel.component.fop.enabled

Whether to enable auto configuration of the fop component. This is enabled by default.

Boolean

camel.component.fop.lazy-start-producer

Whether the producer should be started lazy (on the first message). By starting lazy you can use this to allow CamelContext and routes to startup in situations where a producer may otherwise fail during starting and cause the route to fail being started. By deferring this startup to be lazy then the startup failure can be handled during routing messages via Camel’s routing error handlers. Beware that when the first message is processed then creating and starting the producer may take a little time and prolong the total processing time of the processing.

false

Boolean