Apache Camel

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Apache Camel
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Developer(s) Apache Software Foundation
Stable release
2.20.4 / July 21, 2018 (2018-07-21)
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Enterprise Integration Patterns Enterprise Service Bus SOA Message Oriented Middleware
License Apache License 2.0



Apache Camel is an open source framework for message-oriented middleware with a rule-based routing and mediation engine that provides a Java object-based implementation of the Enterprise Integration Patterns using an application programming interface (or declarative Java domain-specific language) to configure routing and mediation rules. The domain-specific language means that Apache Camel can support type-safe smart completion of routing rules in an integrated development environment using regular Java code without large amounts of XML configuration files, though XML configuration inside Spring Framework is also supported.

Camel is often used with Apache ServiceMix, Apache ActiveMQ and Apache CXF in service-oriented architecture projects.


  • Several Maven-plugins are provided for validation and deployment.
  • Graphical, Eclipse-based tooling is freely available from Red Hat. It provides graphical editing and debugging and advanced validation.
  • Eclipse based tooling from Talend.

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