Batch Consumer

Batch Consumer is basically a Polling Consumer that is capable of polling multiple Exchanges in a single pool.

To support batching the consumer must implement the org.apache.camel.BatchConsumer interface.

A range of Camel components support batching such as:


The BatchConsumer supports the following options:

Option Description


An integer to define a maximum messages to gather per poll. By default, no maximum is set. Can be used to set a limit of e.g. 1000 to avoid when starting up the server that there are thousands of files. Set a value of 0 or negative to disabled it as unlimited.

Very often a BatchConsumer is scheduled and is based of the ScheduledBatchPollingConsumer that has many options for configuring the scheduling. These options are listed with (scheduler) as label in the endpoints options in the Components documentation.

Exchange Properties

The following properties is set on the Exchange for each Exchange polled in the same batch.

Property Description


The total number of Exchanges that was polled in this batch.


The current index of the batch. Starts from 0.


A boolean indicating the last Exchange in the batch. Is only true for the last entry.