Chapter 24. The Object-Graph Navigation Language(OGNL)

Overview

OGNL is an expression language for getting and setting properties of Java objects. You use the same expression for both getting and setting the value of a property. The OGNL support is in the camel-ognl module.

Camel on EAP deployment

This component is supported by the Camel on EAP (Wildfly Camel) framework, which offers a simplified deployment model on the Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP) container. For details of this model, see chapter "Apache Camel on JBoss EAP" in "Deploying into a Web Server".

Adding the OGNL module

To use OGNL in your routes you need to add a dependency on camel-ognl to your project as shown in Example 24.1, “Adding the camel-ognl dependency”.

Example 24.1. Adding the camel-ognl dependency

<!-- Maven POM File -->
...
<dependencies>
  ...
  <dependency>
    <groupId>org.apache.camel</groupId>
    <artifactId>camel-ognl</artifactId>
    <version>${camel-version}</version>
  </dependency>
  ...
</dependencies>

Static import

To use the ognl() static method in your application code, include the following import statement in your Java source files:
import static org.apache.camel.language.ognl.OgnlExpression.ognl;

Built-in variables

Table 24.1, “OGNL variables” lists the built-in variables that are accessible when using OGNL.

Table 24.1. OGNL variables

NameTypeDescription
thisorg.apache.camel.ExchangeThe current Exchange
exchangeorg.apache.camel.ExchangeThe current Exchange
exceptionThrowablethe Exchange exception (if any)
exchangeIDStringthe Exchange ID
faultorg.apache.camel.MessageThe Fault message(if any)
requestorg.apache.camel.MessageThe IN message
responseorg.apache.camel.MessageThe OUT message
propertiesMapThe Exchange properties
property(name)ObjectThe value of the named Exchange property
property(name, type)TypeThe typed value of the named Exchange property

Example

Example 24.2, “Route using OGNL” shows a route that uses OGNL.

Example 24.2. Route using OGNL

<camelContext>
  <route>
    <from uri="seda:foo"/>
    <filter>
      <language langauge="ognl">request.headers.foo == 'bar'</language>
      <to uri="seda:bar"/>
    </filter>
  </route>
</camelContext>