CXF OSGI Example


A simple example which receives web service calls (via a CXF consumer, using bean binding) and writes these requests into the file system. It's not a very useful use case, but the goal of this example is to show you how you can use the CXF consumer component in an OSGI environment with the OSGI HTTP service. If your target container is Apache Karaf or Apache ServiceMix, you can use PAX Web to setup and start an OSGI HTTP service. All Camel bundles using a Camel CXF consumer can use this HTTP service without needing to start individual Jetty instances. Another advantage is that all provided services can now share the same port.


You will need to compile the example first:

mvn install


  • During the compilation phase, a unit test will be performed which simulates the client calling the web service exposed by our camel/cxf route.
  • In Eclipse, I have used the following option when starting the junit test case. This option tells CXF that it must use log4j : -Dorg.apache.cxf.Logger=org.apache.cxf.common.logging.Log4jLogger


To run the example on Apache Karaf 2.4.x

Step 1: launch the server

karaf / karaf.bat

Step 2: Add features required

features:chooseurl camel ${version}
features:install war
features:install cxf
features:install camel-spring
features:install camel-jaxb
features:install camel-cxf

Step 3: Deploy the example

osgi:install -s mvn:org.apache.camel/camel-example-cxf-osgi/${version}

Step 4: Verify that your service is available using the following url in the browser.

We assume you‘re using Karaf’s default PAX Web configuration which uses port 8181 for http. If you would like to use another port or https, change the configuration in ${KARAF_HOME}/etc/org.ops4j.pax.web.cfg. The immediate extension after the hostname and port (“cxf” in the below URL) is configured via the org.apache.cxf.osgi.cfg file (Please see for more information on PAX Web).



Step 5: Start SOAPUI (2.x or later)

Create a new project called camel-example-cxf-osgi Point to the following url: http://localhost:8181/cxf/camel-example-cxf-osgi/webservices/incident?wsdl Open the request 1 (under camel-example-cxf-osgi --> ReportIncidentBinding --> ReportIncident) and copy/paste a SOAP message generated by the unit test, for example:

<xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<soap:Envelope xmlns:soap="">
   <soap:Header />
      <ns2:inputReportIncident xmlns:ns2="">
         <details>Bla bla</details>
         <phone>0049 69 1234567</phone>

Step 6: Check the file system

Check the folder target/inbox/ in the Karaf base directory to see that a message has arrived.


This example is described in more detail at

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