2.13. JMX Naming

Overview

Apache Camel allows you to customise the name of a CamelContext bean as it appears in JMX, by defining a management name pattern for it. For example, you can customise the name pattern of an XML CamelContext instance, as follows:
<camelContext id="myCamel" managementNamePattern="#name#">
    ...
</camelContext>
If you do not explicitly set a name pattern for the CamelContext bean, Apache Camel reverts to a default naming strategy.

Default naming strategy

By default, the JMX name of a CamelContext bean deployed in an OSGi bundle is equal to the OSGi symbolic name of the bundle. For example, if the OSGi symbolic name is MyCamelBundle, the JMX name would be MyCamelBundle. In cases where there is more than one CamelContext in the bundle, the JMX name is disambiguated by adding a counter value as a suffix. For example, if there are multiple Camel contexts in the MyCamelBundle bundle, the corresponding JMX MBeans are named as follows:
MyCamelBundle-1
MyCamelBundle-2
MyCamelBundle-3
...

Customising the JMX naming strategy

One drawback of the default naming strategy is that you cannot guarantee that a given CamelContext bean will have the same JMX name between runs. If you want to have greater consistency between runs, you can control the JMX name more precisely by defining a JMX name pattern for the CamelContext instances.

Specifying a name pattern in Java

To specify a name pattern on a CamelContext in Java, call the setNamePattern method, as follows:
// Java
context.getManagementNameStrategy().setNamePattern("#name#");

Specifying a name pattern in XML

To specify a name pattern on a CamelContext in XML, set the managementNamePattern attribute on the camelContext element, as follows:
<camelContext id="myCamel" managementNamePattern="#name#">

Name pattern tokens

You can construct a JMX name pattern by mixing literal text with any of the following tokens:

Table 2.11. JMX Name Pattern Tokens

TokenDescription
#camelId#Value of the id attribute on the CamelContext bean.
#name#Same as #camelId#.
#counter#An incrementing counter (starting at 1).
#bundleId#The OSGi bundle ID of the deployed bundle (OSGi only).
#symbolicName#The OSGi symbolic name (OSGi only).
#version#The OSGi bundle version (OSGi only).

Examples

Here are some examples of JMX name patterns you could define using the supported tokens:
<camelContext id="fooContext" managementNamePattern="FooApplication-#name#">
    ...
</camelContext>
<camelContext id="myCamel" managementNamePattern="#bundleID#-#symbolicName#-#name#">
    ...
</camelContext>

Ambiguous names

Because the customised naming pattern overrides the default naming strategy, it is possible to define ambiguous JMX MBean names using this approach. For example:
<camelContext id="foo" managementNamePattern="SameOldSameOld"> ... </camelContext>
...
<camelContext id="bar" managementNamePattern="SameOldSameOld"> ... </camelContext>
In this case, Apache Camel would fail on start-up and report an MBean already exists exception. You should, therefore, take extra care to ensure that you do not define ambiguous name patterns.