Endpoint DSL

Endpoint-dsl is a new API that allows using type-safe endpoint URL configurations.

The following is an example of an FTP route using the standard RouteBuilder:

public class MyRoutes extends RouteBuilder {
    public void configure() throws Exception {

The same Java statement can be rewritten in the following more readable way using the new EndpointRouteBuilder that allows using the endpoint DSL:

public class MyRoutes extends EndpointRouteBuilder {
    public void configure() throws Exception {
                .ftpClientParameters(Collections.singletonMap("dataTimeout", 30000))
                .ftpClientConfig(Collections.singletonMap("serverLanguageCode", "fr")))

The fluent DSL now provides type safety for parameters

The above example of endpoint-dsl uses the meta model, which is extracted from the source using an annotation processor and written in various JSON files, to generate a fluent DSL for each endpoint.This fluent DSL provides type safety for parameters. It further allows leveraging the Java editor code completion to access the list of available parameters for the each endpoint.

Using custom component names

The endpoint-dsl uses the default name of the component, so in the example above the name is ftp. There can be use-cases where you may have multiple Camel components of the same type registered with different names. An example is if you have two JMS broker systems (for example ActiveMQ and WebSphereMQ).

Then you can setup two Camel JMS components with unique names such as: myAMQ and myWMQ

The endpoint-dsl can use these names with the jms fluent builder as shown:

from(jms("myWMQ", "cheese").concurrentConsumers(5))
    .to(jms("myAMQ", "smelly"));

Notice how we can refer to their names as the first parameter in the jms fluent builder. The example would then consume messages from WebSphereMQ queue named cheese and route to ActiveMQ on a queue named smelly.

Using endpoint-dsl outside route builders

You can use the type-safe endpoint-dsl outside route builders with:

  • With the FluentProducerTemplate to send messages

  • Creating an Endpoint

For example to send a message to Kafka you can use the FluentProducerTemplate

import static org.apache.camel.builder.endpoint.StaticEndpointBuilders.kafka;

    .withBody("Hello World")

To use the endpoint-dsl with kafka you need to static import kafka from the class: org.apache.camel.builder.endpoint.StaticEndpointBuilders which has all the Camel components.

An endpoint can also be created in Java code via the endpoint-dsl as shown:

import static org.apache.camel.builder.endpoint.StaticEndpointBuilders.paho;

Endpoint mqtt = paho("sensor").clientId("myClient").userName("scott").password("tiger")

You can then set all the options via the type-safe DSL and then the endpoint can be resolved (created) by calling resolve with CamelContext as parameter.

If you want to inject an endpoint into your POJO or RouteBuilder class using endpoint-dsl, then this can be done similar to the previous example, but with one important difference:

import org.apache.camel.BindToRegistry;
import org.apache.camel.EndpointInject;
import org.apache.camel.Produce;
import org.apache.camel.builder.EndpointProducerBuilder;
import static org.apache.camel.builder.endpoint.StaticEndpointBuilders.paho;

public class MyPojo {

    private FluentProducerTemplate producer;

    private final EndpointProducerBuilder mqtt = paho("sensor").clientId("myClient").userName("scott").password("tiger");

    public void sendToSensor(String data) {


The MyPojo is a class that with standalone Camel can be discovered and registered with the @BindToRegistry annotation. If you use Spring Boot, CDI, or Quarkus etc then you should use their kind of annotations for this.

That’s not the point of this example, it is the Endpoint DSL to configure the MQTT endpoint (camel-paho). The endpoint is configured the same way as before by the type-safe endpoint-dsl by static importing the paho, and then use its fluent builder methods to configure. Notice how the returned type is EndpointProducerBuilder. That type is not an Endpoint instance as its not resolved (eg its only a builder for an endpoint). This means that the builder can be code and compiled before CamelContext is created and started.

At runtime we want to use this endpoint to send messages to MQTT server; this is done in the sendToSensor method where we are using FluentProducerTemplate that is capable of using the EndpointProducerBuilder as the endpoint in shown with: .to(mqtt).

How to use

The DSL can be accessed in several ways, but the main one is to switch to using an EndpointRouteBuilder instead of the usual RouteBuilder. It provides access to all endpoint builders which are defined through inheritance on the org.apache.camel.builder.endpoint.EndpointRouteBuilder.

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