ActiveMQ Component

The ActiveMQ component allows messages to be sent to a JMS Queue or Topic or messages to be consumed from a JMS Queue or Topic using Apache ActiveMQ.

This component is based on JMS Component and uses Spring's JMS support for declarative transactions, using Spring's JmsTemplate for sending and a MessageListenerContainer for consuming. All the options from the JMS component also applies for this component.

To use this component make sure you have the activemq.jar or activemq-core.jar on your classpath along with any Camel dependencies such as camel-core.jar, camel-spring.jar and camel-jms.jar.

Transacted and caching
See section Transactions and Cache Levels below on JMS page if you are using transactions with JMS as it can impact performance.

URI format


Where destinationName is an ActiveMQ queue or topic name. By default, the destinationName is interpreted as a queue name. For example, to connect to the queue, FOO.BAR, use:


You can include the optional queue: prefix, if you prefer:


To connect to a topic, you must include the topic: prefix. For example, to connect to the topic, Stocks.Prices, use:



See Options on the JMS component as all these options also apply for this component.

Configuring the Connection Factory

This test case shows how to add an ActiveMQComponent to the CamelContext using the activeMQComponent() method while specifying the brokerURL used to connect to ActiveMQ.

camelContext.addComponent("activemq", activeMQComponent("vm://localhost?broker.persistent=false"));

Configuring the Connection Factory using Spring XML

You can configure the ActiveMQ broker URL on the ActiveMQComponent as follows

<beans xmlns=""

   <camelContext xmlns="">

   <bean id="activemq" 
      <property name="brokerURL" value="tcp://somehost:61616"/>


Using connection pooling

When sending to an ActiveMQ broker using Camel it's recommended to use a pooled connection factory to efficiently handle pooling of JMS connections, sessions and producers. This is documented on the ActiveMQ Spring Support page.

You can grab ActiveMQ's org.apache.activemq.pool.PooledConnectionFactory with Maven:


And then setup the activemq Camel component as follows:

<bean id="jmsConnectionFactory" 
   <property name="brokerURL" value="tcp://localhost:61616" />

<bean id="pooledConnectionFactory" 
   <property name="maxConnections" value="8" />
   <property name="maximumActive" value="500" />
   <property name="connectionFactory" ref="jmsConnectionFactory" />

<bean id="jmsConfig" 
   <property name="connectionFactory" ref="pooledConnectionFactory"/>
   <property name="transacted" value="false"/>
   <property name="concurrentConsumers" value="10"/>

<bean id="activemq" 
    <property name="configuration" ref="jmsConfig"/>

Invoking MessageListener POJOs in a Camel route

The ActiveMQ component also provides a helper Type Converter from a JMS MessageListener to a Processor. This means that the Bean component is capable of invoking any JMS MessageListener bean directly inside any route.

So for example you can create a MessageListener in JMS like this:

public class MyListener implements MessageListener {
   public void onMessage(Message jmsMessage) {
       // ...

Then use it in your Camel route as follows


That is, you can reuse any of the Camel Components and easily integrate them into your JMS MessageListener POJO!

Using ActiveMQ Destination Options

Available as of ActiveMQ 5.6

You can configure the Destination Options in the endpoint uri, using the "destination." prefix. For example to mark a consumer as exclusive, and set its prefetch size to 50, you can do as follows:

<camelContext xmlns="">
    <from uri="file://src/test/data?noop=true"/>
    <to uri="activemq:queue:foo"/>
    <!-- use consumer.exclusive ActiveMQ destination option, notice we have to prefix with destination. -->
    <from uri="activemq:foo?destination.consumer.exclusive=true&amp;destination.consumer.prefetchSize=50"/>
    <to uri="mock:results"/>

Consuming Advisory Messages

ActiveMQ can generate Advisory messages which are put in topics that you can consume. Such messages can help you send alerts in case you detect slow consumers or to build statistics (number of messages/produced per day, etc.) The following Spring DSL example shows you how to read messages from a topic.

The below route starts by reading the topic ActiveMQ.Advisory.Connection. To watch another topic, simply change the name according to the name provided in ActiveMQ Advisory Messages documentation. The parameter mapJmsMessage=false allows for converting the org.apache.activemq.command.ActiveMqMessage object from the jms queue. Next, the body received is converted into a String for the purposes of this example and a carriage return is added. Finally, the string is added to a file

   <from uri="activemq:topic:ActiveMQ.Advisory.Connection?mapJmsMessage=false" />
   <convertBodyTo type="java.lang.String"/>
   <to uri="file://data/activemq/?fileExist=Append&amp;fileName=advisoryConnection-${date:now:yyyyMMdd}.txt" />

If you consume a message on a queue, you should see the following files under the data/activemq folder :


and containing string:

ActiveMQMessage {commandId = 0, responseRequired = false, 
messageId = ID:dell-charles-3258-1268399815140
-1:0:0:0:221, originalDestination = null, originalTransactionId = null,
producerId = ID:dell-charles-3258-1268399815140-1:0:0:0, 
destination = topic://ActiveMQ.Advisory.Connection, transactionId = null, 
expiration = 0, timestamp = 0, arrival = 0, brokerInTime = 1268403383468, 
brokerOutTime = 1268403383468, correlationId = null, replyTo = null, 
persistent = false, type = Advisory, priority = 0, groupID = null, groupSequence = 0, 
targetConsumerId = null, compressed = false, userID = null, content = null, 
marshalledProperties = org.apache.activemq.util.ByteSequence@17e2705, 
dataStructure = ConnectionInfo {commandId = 1, responseRequired = true, 
connectionId = ID:dell-charles-3258-1268399815140-2:50, 
clientId = ID:dell-charles-3258-1268399815140-14:0, userName = , password = *****, 
brokerPath = null, brokerMasterConnector = false, manageable = true, 
clientMaster = true}, redeliveryCounter = 0, size = 0, properties = 
{originBrokerName=master, originBrokerId=ID:dell-charles-3258-1268399815140-0:0, 
originBrokerURL=vm://master}, readOnlyProperties = true, readOnlyBody = true, 
droppable = false}

Getting Component JAR

You will need these dependencies

  • camel-jms
  • activemq-camel


You must have the camel-jms as dependency as ActiveMQ is an extension to the JMS component.


The ActiveMQ Camel component is released with the ActiveMQ project itself.
For Maven 2 users you simply just need to add the following dependency to your project.

ActiveMQ 5.2 or later


ActiveMQ 5.1.0

For 5.1.0 its in the activemq-core library


Alternatively you can download the component jar directly from the Maven repository:

ActiveMQ 4.x

For this version you must use the JMS component instead. Please be careful to use a pooling connection factory as described in the JmsTemplate Gotchas

See Also

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