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Camel Demo

This project holds all kinds of Camel demo routes

All things should work :-) if you can follow instructions ...

The reason I chose spring-boot as the glue to make it all work is that spring makes it very easy to integrate all components needed and because of that I can start playing with routes almost immediately

This project works best when run in combination with docker. I've included a docker-compose.yml file providing all needed 'middleware'. This enables actually testing the ftp protocol or jms, mq and stuff. You can read more about that in the docker section.


  • docker (native) installed
  • docker-compose installed
  • java 8 installed
  • maven 3+ installed
  • a sense of adventure :-)
  • a good OS like linux or macOs :-)

Running the demo

In order to be able to run the demo you first need to start the docker containers from the docker-compose file.

Then you can run application by starting CamelDemoApplication from the IDE or with maven:

docker-compose up -d
mvn clean package spring-boot:run

What will happen

A scenario something like the one below will play out... it changes as I add new demo's but you'll get the drift:

  • a HelloWorld file is located here: test-data/startingPoint/HelloWorld.txt
  • this file will be copied by the SimpleFileCopyRoute to the test-data/SimpleJmsRoute folder
  • The SimpleJmsRoute_1 listens here and routes the file to ActiveMQ Queue SimpleJmsRoute
  • The SimpleJmsRoute_2 listens here and routes the message to the test-data/ftp/admin folder and prints the content of the body to console
  • the FtpToFtpRoute will see this because that is the volume "mounted" by the ftp docker container for the admin user.
  • The FtpToFtpRoute will copy the file to the ftp user account through the ftp protocol
  • it will also move the file in the admin account to a .camel folder
  • The FtpToFileRoute will see the file in the ftp user account and copy it to target/FtpToFileRoute
  • it will also move the file in the user account to .camel in its home folder
  • the log will also print out something like:
2017-04-13 22:11:25.048  INFO 5473 --- [/startingPoint/] SimpleFileCopyRoute                      : Found file [HelloWorld.txt] and copying it to: /Users/ivonet/dev/camel-demo/test-data/SimpleJmsRoute/
2017-04-13 22:11:25.192  INFO 5473 --- [SimpleJmsRoute]] nl.ivonet.route.jms.SimpleJmsRoute       : Hello, world!
2017-04-13 22:11:25.666  INFO 5473 --- [localhost:11021] FtpToFtpRoute                            : Found file [HelloWorld.txt] and cp-ing it to the ftp user: user
2017-04-13 22:11:26.169  INFO 5473 --- [localhost:11021] FtpToFileRoute                           : Found file [HelloWorld.txt] and copying it to: /Users/ivonet/dev/camel-demo/target/

The whole idea of the above thing is to play around with routes as to get familiar with it.


The docker-compose.yml file in this project has been tuned to work for this camel-demo project. So some volumes have been mounted with a specific goal.

Start / Stop docker-compose


docker-compose up [-d]

the -d option will start in daemon mode


docker-compose down [-v]

the -v option will also remove the volumes created

FTP docker image

In order to demo the ftp routes in this project an ftp server has been configured in the docker-compose file. This ftp server mounts 'native local' folders in the test-data/ftp folder but it will also actually enable the ftp protocol. So the FtpTo*Routes really talk ftp in the demo.

You will be able to see what happens on your native file system though. Please look at the ftp config in the docker-compose file to see how that works.

FTP User

This project has two users pre-configured:

  • USER: admin / PWD: secret
  • USER: user / PWD: secret

Their home folders reside in test-data/ftp and the users have been saved in docker/ftp/passwd/pureftpd.passwd file as described below.

FTP Create your own user

You can add your own user(s) if you want to play:

First you need to start the ivonet/ftp docker container:

docker run --rm --name ftp \
   -v $(pwd)/docker/ftp/passwd:/etc/pure-ftpd/passwd \
   -v $(pwd)/target/ftpusers:/home/ftpusers/ \
   -p 11021:21 \
   -p 30000-30009:30000-30009 \

Then you need to enter the running image:

docker exec -it ftp /bin/bash
pure-pw useradd USERHERE -f /etc/pure-ftpd/passwd/pureftpd.passwd -m -u ftpuser -d /home/ftpusers/USERHERE

Exit the image with logout and stop the image with ctrl-c or

docker stop ftp

ActiveMQ docker image

For this demo ActiveMQ has been chosen as the JMS provider and Message Queue middleware.

  • Console (admin:secret)
  • read more about this image here

Mysql docker image

To make looking at the results of what happens to to de db phpmyadmin has also been included.

  • Console (root:secret)
  • read more about this image here
  • this images looks in docker/mysql/setup for initializing sql scripts when the first docker-compose up is done


  • EIP's
  • Error handling
  • FileToMqJms
  • MqWithContract
  • PubSub (topic)
    • persisted read/write
    • non persisted read/write
  • Database as source
  • Database as target
  • transformation during route
  • add routes to routes
  • UnitTesting of routes
  • usage of direct:...
  • usage of mock
  • Type conversions
  • Processors with exchange type manipulation
  • Jaxb2 marshalling / unmarshalling
  • Json
  • GZip / Zip file
  • csv
  • XPath