Grape Component

Since Camel 2.16

Only producer is supported

Grape component allows you to fetch, load and manage additional jars when CamelContext is running. In practice with Camel Grape component you can add new components, data formats and beans to your CamelContext without the restart of the router.

Grape options

The Grape component supports 4 options, which are listed below.

Name Description Default Type

patchesRepository (advanced)

Implementation of org.apache.camel.component.grape.PatchesRepository, by default: FilePatchesRepository

PatchesRepository

basicPropertyBinding (advanced)

Whether the component should use basic property binding (Camel 2.x) or the newer property binding with additional capabilities

false

boolean

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.

false

boolean

bridgeErrorHandler (consumer)

Allows for bridging the consumer to the Camel routing Error Handler, which mean any exceptions occurred while the consumer is trying to pickup incoming messages, or the likes, will now be processed as a message and handled by the routing Error Handler. By default the consumer will use the org.apache.camel.spi.ExceptionHandler to deal with exceptions, that will be logged at WARN or ERROR level and ignored.

false

boolean

The Grape endpoint is configured using URI syntax:

grape:defaultCoordinates

with the following path and query parameters:

Path Parameters (1 parameters):

Name Description Default Type

defaultCoordinates

Required Maven coordinates to use as default to grab if the message body is empty.

String

Query Parameters (3 parameters):

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.

false

boolean

basicPropertyBinding (advanced)

Whether the endpoint should use basic property binding (Camel 2.x) or the newer property binding with additional capabilities

false

boolean

synchronous (advanced)

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

false

boolean

Setting up class loader

Grape requires using Groovy class loader with the CamelContext. You can enable Groovy class loading on the existing Camel Context using the GrapeComponent#grapeCamelContext() method:

import static org.apache.camel.component.grape.GrapeComponent.grapeCamelContext;
...
CamelContext camelContext = grapeCamelContext(new DefaultCamelContext());

You can also set up the Groovy class loader used be Camel context by yourself:

camelContext.setApplicationContextClassLoader(new GroovyClassLoader(myClassLoader));

URI format

Grape component supports only producer endpoints.

grape:defaultMavenCoordinates

For example the following snippet loads Camel FTP component:

from("direct:loadCamelFTP").
  to("grape:org.apache.camel/camel-ftp/2.15.2");

You can also specify the Maven coordinates by sending them to the endpoint as the exchange body:

from("direct:loadCamelFTP").
  setBody().constant("org.apache.camel/camel-ftp/2.15.2").
  to("grape:defaultMavenCoordinates");

Adding the Grape component to the project

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

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

Default payload type

By default Camel Grape component operates on the String payloads:

producerTemplate.sendBody("grape:defaultMavenCoordinates", "org.apache.camel/camel-ftp/2.15.2");

But of course Camel build-in type conversion API can perform the automatic data type transformations for you. In the example below Camel automatically converts binary payload into the String:

producerTemplate.sendBody("grape:defaultMavenCoordinates", "org.apache.camel/camel-ftp/2.15.2".getBytes());

Headers

The following headers are recognized by the Grape component:

Header Java constant Endpoint type Value type Description

CamelGrapeCommand

GrapeConstants.GRAPE_COMMAND

Producer

org.apache.camel.component.grape.GrapeCommand

The command to be performed by the Grape endpoint. Default to grab.

Loading components at runtime

In order to load the new component at the router runtime, just grab the jar containing the given component:

ProducerTemplate template = camelContext.createProducerTemplate();
template.sendBody("grape:grape", "org.apache.camel/camel-stream/2.15.2");
template.sendBody("stream:out", "msg");

Loading processors bean at runtime

In order to load the new processor bean with your custom business login at the router runtime, just grab the jar containing the required bean:

ProducerTemplate template = camelContext.createProducerTemplate();
template.sendBody("grape:grape", "com.example/my-business-processors/1.0");
int productId = 1;
int price = template.requestBody("bean:com.example.PricingBean?method=currentProductPrice", productId, int.class)

Loading deployed jars after Camel context restart

After you download new jar, you usually would like to have it loaded by the Camel again after the restart of the CamelContext. It is certainly possible, as Grape component keeps track of the jar files you have installed. In order to load again the installed jars on the context startup, use the GrapeEndpoint.loadPatches() method in your route:

import static org.apache.camel.component.grape.GrapeEndpoint.loadPatches;

...
camelContext.addRoutes(
  new RouteBuilder() {
    @Override
    public void configure() throws Exception {
      loadPatches(camelContext);

      from("direct:loadCamelFTP").
        to("grape:org.apache.camel/camel-ftp/2.15.2");
    }
  });

Managing the installed jars

If you would like to check what jars have been installed into the given CamelContext, send message to the grape endpoint with the CamelGrapeCommand header set to GrapeCommand.listPatches:

      from("netty-http:http://0.0.0.0:80/patches").
        setHeader(GrapeConstats.GRAPE_COMMAND, constant(CamelGrapeCommand.listPatches)).
        to("grape:list");

Connecting the to the route defined above using the HTTP client returns the list of the jars installed by Grape component:

$ curl http://my-router.com/patches
grape:org.apache.camel/camel-ftp/2.15.2
grape:org.apache.camel/camel-jms/2.15.2

If you would like to remove the installed jars, so these won’t be loaded again after the context restart, use the GrapeCommand.``clearPatches command:

      from("netty-http:http://0.0.0.0:80/patches").
        setHeader(GrapeConstats.GRAPE_COMMAND, constant(CamelGrapeCommand.clearPatches)).
        setBody().constant("Installed patches have been deleted.");