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The jpa component enables you to store and retrieve Java objects from persistent storage using EJB 3's Java Persistence Architecture (JPA), which is a standard interface layer that wraps Object/Relational Mapping (ORM) products such as OpenJPA, Hibernate, TopLink, and so on.

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

   <!-- use the same version as your Camel core version -->

Sending to the endpoint

You can store a Java entity bean in a database by sending it to a JPA producer endpoint. The body of the In message is assumed to be an entity bean (that is, a POJO with an @Entity annotation on it) or a collection or array of entity beans.

If the body does not contain one of the previous listed types, put a Message Translator in front of the endpoint to perform the necessary conversion first.

Consuming from the endpoint

Consuming messages from a JPA consumer endpoint removes (or updates) entity beans in the database. This allows you to use a database table as a logical queue: consumers take messages from the queue and then delete/update them to logically remove them from the queue.

If you do not wish to delete the entity bean when it has been processed (and when routing is done), you can specify consumeDelete=false on the URI. This will result in the entity being processed each poll.

If you would rather perform some update on the entity to mark it as processed (such as to exclude it from a future query) then you can annotate a method with @Consumed which will be invoked on your entity bean when it has been processed (and when routing is done).

From Camel 2.13 onwards you can use @PreConsumed which will be invoked on your entity bean before it has been processed (before routing).

URI format


For sending to the endpoint, the entityClassName is optional. If specified, it helps the Type Converter to ensure the body is of the correct type.

For consuming, the entityClassName is mandatory.

You can append query options to the URI in the following format, ?option=value&option=value&...



Default Value




Overrides the entityClassName from the URI.



The JPA persistence unit used by default.



JPA consumer only: If true, the entity is deleted after it is consumed; if false, the entity is not deleted.



JPA consumer only: Specifies whether or not to set an exclusive lock on each entity bean while processing the results from polling.



JPA producer only: Flushes the EntityManager after the entity bean has been persisted.



JPA consumer only: Set the maximum number of results to retrieve on the Query.



This option is Registry based which requires the # notation so that the given transactionManager being specified can be looked up properly, e.g. transactionManager=

#myTransactionManager. It specifies the transaction manager to use. If none provided, Camel will use a JpaTransactionManager by default. Can be used to set a JTA transaction manager (for integration with an EJB container).



JPA consumer only: Delay in milliseconds between each poll.



JPA consumer only: Milliseconds before polling starts.



JPA consumer only: Set to true to use fixed delay between polls, otherwise fixed rate is used. See ScheduledExecutorService in JDK for details.



JPA consumer only: An integer value to define the maximum number of messages to gather per poll. By default, no maximum is set. Can be used to avoid polling many thousands of messages when starting up the server. Set a value of 0 or negative to disable.



JPA consumer only: To use a custom query when consuming data.



JPA consumer only: To use a named query when consuming data.



JPA consumer only: To use a custom native query when consuming data. You may want to use the option consumer.resultClass also when using native queries.



Camel 2.12: JPA consumer only: This option is Registry based which requires the # notation. This key/value mapping is used for building the query parameters. It's is expected to be of the generic type java.util.Map<String, Object> where the keys are the named parameters of a given JPA query and the values are their corresponding effective values you want to select for.



Camel 2.7: JPA consumer only: Defines the type of the returned payload (we will call entityManager.createNativeQuery (nativeQuery, resultClass) instead of entityManager.createNativeQuery (nativeQuery) ). Without this option, we will return an object array. Only has an affect when using in conjunction with native query when consuming data.



Camel 2.7.5/2.8.3/2.9: JPA consumer only: Whether to run the consumer in transacted mode, by which all messages will either commit or rollback, when the entire batch has been processed. The default behavior (false) is to commit all the previously successfully processed messages, and only rollback the last failed message.



Camel 2.11.2/2.12: To configure the lock mode on the consumer. The possible values is defined in the enum javax.persistence.LockModeType. The default value is changed to PESSIMISTIC_WRITE since Camel 2.13.



Camel 2.13: To configure whether to use NOWAIT on lock and silently skip the entity.



JPA producer only: Indicates to use entityManager.persist(entity) instead of entityManager.merge(entity). Note: entityManager.persist(entity) doesn't work for detached entities (where the EntityManager has to execute an UPDATE instead of an INSERT query)!



Camel 2.12.3: camel-jpa will join transaction by default from Camel 2.12 onwards. You can use this option to turn this off, for example if you use LOCAL_RESOURCE and join transaction doesn't work with your JPA provider. This option can also be set globally on the JpaComponent, instead of having to set it on all endpoints.



Camel 2.12.4/2.13.1 JPA producer only: If set to true, then Camel will use the EntityManager from the header JpaConstants.ENTITYMANAGER instead of the configured entity manager on the component/endpoint. This allows end users to control which entity manager will be in use.

Message Headers

Camel adds the following message headers to the exchange:






Not supported anymore since Camel 2.12: The JpaTemplate object that is used to access the entity bean. You need this object in some situations, for instance in a type converter or when you are doing some custom processing. See CAMEL-5932 for the reason why the support for this header has been dropped.



Camel 2.12: JPA consumer / Camel 2.12.2: JPA producer: The JPA EntityManager object being used by JpaConsumer or JpaProducer.

Configuring EntityManagerFactory

It is strongly advised to configure the JPA component to use a specific EntityManagerFactory instance. If failed to do so each JpaEndpoint will auto create their own instance of EntityManagerFactory which most often is not what you want.

For example, you can instantiate a JPA component that references the myEMFactory entity manager factory, as follows:

<bean id="jpa" class="org.apache.camel.component.jpa.JpaComponent">
   <property name="entityManagerFactory" ref="myEMFactory"/>

In Camel 2.3 the JpaComponent will auto lookup the EntityManagerFactory from the Registry which means you do not need to configure this on the JpaComponent as shown above. You only need to do so if there is ambiguity, in which case Camel will log a WARN.

Configuring TransactionManager

Since Camel 2.3 the JpaComponent will auto lookup the TransactionManager from the Registry. If Camel won't find any TransactionManager instance registered, it will also look up for the TransactionTemplate and try to extract TransactionManager from it.

If none TransactionTemplate is available in the registry, JpaEndpoint will auto create their own instance of TransactionManager which most often is not what you want.

If more than single instance of the TransactionManager is found, Camel will log a WARN. In such cases you might want to instantiate and explicitly configure a JPA component that references the myTransactionManager transaction manager, as follows:

<bean id="jpa" class="org.apache.camel.component.jpa.JpaComponent">
   <property name="entityManagerFactory" ref="myEMFactory"/>
   <property name="transactionManager" ref="myTransactionManager"/>

Using a consumer with a named query

For consuming only selected entities, you can use the consumer.namedQuery URI query option. First, you have to define the named query in the JPA Entity class:

@NamedQuery(name = "step1", 
   query = "select x from MultiSteps x where x.step = 1")
public class MultiSteps {

After that you can define a consumer uri like this one:


Using a consumer with a query

For consuming only selected entities, you can use the consumer.query URI query option. You only have to define the query option:

select o from org.apache.camel.examples.MultiSteps o where o.step = 1")

Using a consumer with a native query

For consuming only selected entities, you can use the consumer.nativeQuery URI query option. You only have to define the native query option:

select * from MultiSteps where step = 1")

If you use the native query option, you will receive an object array in the message body.


See Tracer Example for an example using Camel Component: JPA to store traced messages into a database.