Camel supports Groovy among other Scripting Languages to allow an Expression or Predicate to be used in the DSL or Xml Configuration.

To use a Groovy expression use the following Java code

... groovy("someGroovyExpression") ... 

For example you could use the groovy function to create an Predicate in a Message Filter or as an Expression for a Recipient List


You should add the camel-groovy dependeny when using Groovy language with Camel. The generic camel-script is not optimized for best Groovy experience, and hence you should add camel-groovy as dependency.

Customizing Groovy Shell

Sometimes you may need to use custom GroovyShell instance in your Groovy expressions. To provide custom GroovyShell, add implementation of the org.apache.camel.language.groovy.GroovyShellFactory SPI interface to your Camel registry. For example after adding the following bean to your Spring context...

public class CustomGroovyShellFactory implements GroovyShellFactory {
  public GroovyShell createGroovyShell(Exchange exchange) {
    ImportCustomizer importCustomizer = new ImportCustomizer();
    CompilerConfiguration configuration = new CompilerConfiguration();
    return new GroovyShell(configuration);


...Camel will use your custom GroovyShell instance (containing your custom static imports), instead of the default one.


// lets route if a line item is over $100
from("queue:foo").filter(groovy("request.lineItems.any { i -> i.value > 100 }")).to("queue:bar")

And the Spring DSL:

            <from uri="queue:foo"/>
                <groovy>request.lineItems.any { i -> i.value > 100 }</groovy>
                <to uri="queue:bar"/>

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