Gossip Build status

Gossip protocol is a method for a group of nodes to discover and check the liveliness of a cluster. More information can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gossip_protocol.

The original implementation was forked from https://code.google.com/p/java-gossip/. Several bug fixes and changes have already been added.


To gossip you need one or more seed nodes. Seed is just a list of places to initially connect to.

  GossipSettings settings = new GossipSettings();
  int seedNodes = 3;
  List<GossipMember> startupMembers = new ArrayList<>();
  for (int i = 1; i < seedNodes+1; ++i) {
    startupMembers.add(new RemoteGossipMember("127.0.0." + i, 2000, i + ""));

Here we start five gossip processes and check that they discover each other. (Normally these are on different hosts but here we give each process a distinct local ip.

  List<GossipService> clients = new ArrayList<>();
  int clusterMembers = 5;
  for (int i = 1; i < clusterMembers+1; ++i) {
    GossipService gossipService = new GossipService("127.0.0." + i, 2000, i + "",
      LogLevel.DEBUG, startupMembers, settings, null);

Later we can check that the nodes discover each other

  for (int i = 0; i < clusterMembers; ++i) {
    Assert.assertEquals(4, clients.get(i).get_gossipManager().getMemberList().size());

Usage with Settings File

For a very simple client setup with a settings file you first need a JSON file such as:

    {"host":"", "port":50000}


  • id - is a unique id for this node (you can use any string, but above we use a UUID)
  • port - the port to use on the default adapter on the node's machine
  • gossip_interval - how often (in milliseconds) to gossip list of members to other node(s)
  • cleanup_interval - when to remove ‘dead’ nodes (in milliseconds)
  • members - initial seed nodes

Then starting a local node is as simple as:

GossipService gossipService = new GossipService(
  StartupSettings.fromJSONFile( "node_settings.json" )

And then when all is done, shutdown with:


Event Listener

The status can be polled using the getters that return immutable lists.

   List<LocalGossipMember> getMemberList()
   public List<LocalGossipMember> getDeadMembers()

These can be accessed from the GossipManager on your GossipService, e.g: gossipService.get_gossipManager().getMemberList();

Users can also attach an event listener:

  GossipService gossipService = new GossipService("127.0.0." + i, 2000, i + "", LogLevel.DEBUG,
          startupMembers, settings,
          new GossipListener(){
    public void gossipEvent(GossipMember member, GossipState state) {
      System.out.println(member+" "+ state);