Create Vert.x Modules and Verticles with dependency injection using Eclipse Sisu
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Vert.x Eclipse Sisu Extension

Adds Eclipse Sisu enabled DI to Vert.x. In other words, allows you to enjoy all the cool benefits of Eclipse SISU and Google Guice together.

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Bound Vertx components

When SISUized verticle booted, following extra bindings will be available (aside of your components and verticles):

  • io.vertx.core.Vertx - the vertx instance
  • io.vertx.core.eventbus.EventBus - the vertx Event bus (result of vertx.eventBus())
  • io.vertx.core.DeploymentOptions - the deployment options of the verticle, to grab configuration

In other words, these can be injected into your Verticles or components.

Current limitation: each deploy verticle invocation will create isolated injector.

vertx-sisu-local module

Heavily inspired by Vert.x vertx-service-factory. Provides following prefix:

  • sisu - for loading up single verticle by name or FQCN or bootstrap multiple verticles

The sisu prefix uses following syntax:



verticleName := <fully qualified class name> | <name as applied by @Named> | "bootstrap"

Usable when Verticle you want to deploy is located in same classloader as your caller is (like uber-jar or when all you need is already on your application classpath).


sisu:org.cstamas.vertx.sisu.examples.ExampleVerticle // by FCQN
sisu:ExampleNamedVerticle // by @Named("ExampleNamedVerticle") on class

There is one "special" verticleName, the bootstrap. Bootstrap searches and loads up all Verticle components, and starts them (applies Vertx invoked lifecycle). In this mode, you may filter which verticles you want to bootstrap using optional filter:


The optional filter currently supports following modes

filter := <not present> | <term + '*'> | <'*' + term> | <term>

Meanings of those above are "all", "begins with term", "ends with term" and "equals with term" consecutively.

Usable when you want to "bootstrap" a set of verticles from same "class space" (SISU term, basically all Verticles discovered by SISU in given class loader).


sisu:bootstrap // would load up and bootstrap all found verticle components in classpath
sisu:bootstrap::Example* // would load up and bootstrap only verticles that name starts with "Example"
sisu:bootstrap::*Verticle // would load up and bootstrap only verticles that name ends with "Verticle"
sisu:bootstrap::ExampleNamedVerticle // would load up and bootstrap only verticle having name "ExampleNamedVerticle"

vertx-sisu-remote module

Heavily inspired by Vert.x vertx-maven-service-factory. Provides following prefixes:

  • sisu-remote - for downloading and bootstrapping a complete set of verticles from deployed module

sisu-remote prefix

The sisu-remote prefix currently uses following syntax:


Where artifactCoordinate is the usual Maven artifact "one liner":

artifactCoordinate := groupId:artifactId[:extension[:classifier]]:version

and optional filter currently supports same modes as sisu filter.

Usable when you want to "bootstrap" a set of verticles from module downloaded from Maven2 repository along with it's all dependencies.



Differences/Improvements compared to vertx-maven-service-factory:

  • no need for embedded module descriptor, sisu will discover named components
  • uses Takari concurrent local repository, hence multiple processes may share same local repository
  • uses OkHttp HTTP/2 enabled transport

Using it on application side (where module is consumed)

To use any of these with Vert.x, all you need is add the dependency:


and use the prefixes to deploy verticles:


Producing SISU-enabled modules

While SISU is very powerful regarding how components are discovered (it can scan the classpath, load up from indexes, etc), this implementation expects that SISU index is present on the classpath for performance reasons (scanning huge classpath may take long time). Hence, make sure sisu index is generated for your JAR. You can have that either by using org.eclipse.sisu:sisu-maven-plugin in build (preferred), or, by having org.eclipse.sisu:org.eclipse.sisu.inject dependency on compile classpath (not quite usual, as SISU is more a runtime dependency, unless you tamper with SISU directly).

SISU Maven Plugin:

For verticles and components, the "usual SISU business": annotate your Verticles and components with javax.inject:javax.injects @Named annotation (in this case their "name" will be FQCN) and use @Inject to inject them. You might want to add specific names, in that case use @Named("myName").

Warning: Do NOT mark your Verticle implementations with @Singleton, as that might result in unexpected situation for Vert.x itself in some scenarios (which are those? multiple instances? cluster? ha?).

Building it

For simplicity sake, tests in the build will use the example module. This means that on very first build you need to install the module, so simplest is to do this after initial checkout:

$ mvn clean install

And subsequent executions will just work.