Message Filter - 6.3

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The Message Filter from the EIP patterns allows you to filter messages

The following example shows how to create a Message Filter route consuming messages from an endpoint called queue:a, which if the Predicate is true will be dispatched to queue:b

Using the Fluent Builders

RouteBuilder builder = new RouteBuilder() {
    public void configure() {


You can, of course, use many different Predicate languages such as XPath, XQuery, SQL or various Scripting Languages. Here is an XPath example


Using the Spring XML Extensions

<camelContext errorHandlerRef="errorHandler" 
        <from uri="seda:a"/>
            <xpath>$foo = 'bar'</xpath>
            <to uri="seda:b"/>

You can also use a method call expression (to call a method on a bean) in the Message Filter, as shown below:

<bean id="myBean" class=""/>
<camelContext xmlns="">
        <from uri="direct:a"/>
            <method ref="myBean" method="isGoldCustomer"/>
            <to uri="direct:b"/>

For further examples of this pattern in use see this JUnit test case.

Using stop

Stop is a bit different than a message filter as it will filter out all messages. Stop is convenient to use in a Content Based Router when you for example need to stop further processing in one of the predicates.

In the example below we do not want to route messages any further that has the word Bye in the message body. Notice how we prevent this in the when predicate by using the .stop().


Knowing if Exchange was filtered or not

The Message Filter EIP will add a property on the Exchange that states if it was filtered or not.

The property has the key Exchange.FILTER_MATCHED, which has the String value of CamelFilterMatched. Its value is a boolean indicating true or false. If the value is true then the Exchange was routed in the filter block. This property will be visible within the Message Filter block who's Predicate matches (value set to true), and to the steps immediately following the Message Filter with the value set based on the results of the last Message FilterPredicate evaluated.