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Chapter 5. Creating a New Camel XML file


Apache Camel stores routes in an XML file that contains a camelContext element. The tooling includes a wizard that simplifies adding an Apache Camel context file to your project. It creates a new XML file that has all of the required namespaces preconfigured and a template camelContext element.


To add a new Apache Camel context file to your project:

  1. Select FileNewOtherJBoss FuseCamel XML File from the main menu to open the Camel XML File wizard, as shown in Figure 5.1, “Camel XML File wizard”.

    Figure 5.1. Camel XML File wizard

    Camel XML file wizard
  2. In RouteContainer, enter the location for the new file, or accept the default.

    You can click Browse…​ button to search for an appropriate location.


    The Spring framework and the OSGi Blueprint framework require that all Apache Camel files be placed in specific locations under the project’s META-INF or OSGI-INF folder:

    • Spring - projectName/src/main/resources/META-INF/spring/
    • OSGi Blueprint - projectName/src/main/resources/OSGI-INF/blueprint/
  3. In File Name, enter a name for the new context file, or accept the default (camelContext.xml).

    The file’s name cannot contain spaces or special characters, and it must be unique within the JVM.

  4. In Framework, accept the default, or select which framework the routes will use:

    • Spring — [default] for routes that will be deployed in Spring containers, non-OSGi containers, or as standalone applications
    • OSGi Blueprint — for routes that will be deployed in OSGi containers
    • Routes — for routes that you can load and add into existing camelContexts
  5. Click Finish.

    The new context file is added to the project and opened in the route editor.