Syslog DataFormat

Available as of Camel 2.6

The syslog dataformat is used for working with RFC3164 messages.

This component supports the following:

  • UDP consumption of syslog messages
  • Agnostic data format using either plain String objects or SyslogMessage model objects.
  • Type Converter from/to SyslogMessage and String
  • Integration with the camel-mina component.
  • Integration with the camel-netty component.

Maven users will need to add the following dependency to their pom.xml for this component:

<dependency>
    <groupId>org.apache.camel</groupId>
    <artifactId>camel-syslog</artifactId>
    <version>x.x.x</version>
    <!-- use the same version as your Camel core version -->
</dependency>

RFC3164 Syslog protocol

Syslog uses the user datagram protocol (UDP) [1] as its underlying transport layer mechanism.
The UDP port that has been assigned to syslog is 514.

To expose a Syslog listener service we reuse the existing camel-mina component or camel-netty where we just use the Rfc3164SyslogDataFormat to marshal and unmarshal messages

Exposing a Syslog listener

In our Spring XML file, we configure an endpoint to listen for udp messages on port 10514, note that in netty we disable the defaultCodec, this
will allow a fallback to a NettyTypeConverter and delivers the message as an InputStream:

<camelContext id="myCamel" xmlns="http://camel.apache.org/schema/spring">

    <dataFormats>
          <syslog id="mySyslog"/>
    </dataFormats>

    <route>
          <from uri="netty:udp://localhost:10514?sync=false&amp;allowDefaultCodec=false"/>
          <unmarshal ref="mySyslog"/>
          <to uri="mock:stop1"/>
    </route>

</camelContext>

The same route using camel-mina

<camelContext id="myCamel" xmlns="http://camel.apache.org/schema/spring">

    <dataFormats>
          <syslog id="mySyslog"/>
    </dataFormats>

    <route>
          <from uri="mina:udp://localhost:10514"/>
          <unmarshal ref="mySyslog"/>
          <to uri="mock:stop1"/>
    </route>

</camelContext>

Sending syslog messages to a remote destination

<camelContext id="myCamel" xmlns="http://camel.apache.org/schema/spring">

    <dataFormats>
        <syslog id="mySyslog"/>
    </dataFormats>

    <route>
        <from uri="direct:syslogMessages"/>
        <marshal ref="mySyslog"/>
        <to uri="mina:udp://remotehost:10514"/>
    </route>

</camelContext>

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