NMR Component

The nmr component is an adapter to the Normalized Message Router (NMR) in ServiceMix, which is intended for use by Camel applications deployed directly into the OSGi container. You can exchange objects with NMR and not only XML like this is the case with the JBI specification. The interest of this component is that you can interconnect camel routes deployed in different OSGI bundles.

By contrast, the JBI component is intended for use by Camel applications deployed into the ServiceMix JBI container.

Installing in Apache Servicemix

The NMR component is provided with Apache ServiceMix. It is not distributed with Camel. To install the NMR component in ServiceMix, enter the following command in the ServiceMix console window:

features:install nmr camel-nmr

Installing in plain Apache Karaf

In plain Karaf the nmr component can also be installed using the servicemix artifacts:

features:chooseurl camel <version>
features:addurl mvn:org.apache.servicemix.nmr/apache-servicemix-nmr/1.5.0/xml/features
features:install camel-blueprint nmr camel-nmr
install -s mvn:org.apache.servicemix.camel/org.apache.servicemix.camel.component/4.4.2


You also need to instantiate the NMR component. You can do this by editing your Spring configuration file, META-INF/spring/*.xml, and adding the following bean instance:

<beans xmlns:osgi="http://www.springframework.org/schema/osgi" ... >
    <bean id="nmr" class="org.apache.servicemix.camel.nmr.ServiceMixComponent">
        <property name="nmr">
            <osgi:reference interface="org.apache.servicemix.nmr.api.NMR" />

NMR consumer and producer endpoints

The following code:


Automatically exposes a new endpoint to the bus with endpoint name MyServiceEndpoint (see URI-format).

When an NMR endpoint appears at the end of a route, for example:


The messages sent by this producer endpoint are sent to the already deployed NMR endpoint.

URI format


URI Options


Default Value




Apache ServiceMix 4.4: When this is set to true on a consumer endpoint, the endpoint will be invoked on behalf of the Subject that is set on the Exchange (i.e. the call to Subject.getSubject(AccessControlContext) will return the Subject instance)



When this is set to true on a consumer endpoint, an incoming, synchronous NMR Exchange will be handled on the sender's thread instead of being handled on a new thread of the NMR endpoint's thread pool



Apache ServiceMix 4.4: When this is set to a value greater than 0, the producer endpoint will timeout if it doesn't receive a response from the NMR within the given timeout period (in milliseconds). Configuring a timeout value will switch to using synchronous interactions with the NMR instead of the usual asynchronous messaging.



Apache ServiceMix 4.5.2: When this is set to false then NMR's exceptions (like TimeoutException) will be consumed silently.



Apache ServiceMix 4.5.3: When specify this as a QName then it could be considered when NMR looking for the target NMR endpoint during dispatch



Apache ServiceMix 4.5.3: When specify this as a QName then it could be considered when NMR looking for the target NMR endpoint during dispatch



from("nmr:MyServiceEndpoint") // consume nmr exchanges asynchronously
from("nmr:MyServiceEndpoint?synchronous=true").to() // consume nmr exchanges synchronously and use the same thread as defined by NMR ThreadPool


from()...to("nmr:MyServiceEndpoint") // produce nmr exchanges asynchronously
from()...to("nmr:MyServiceEndpoint?timeout=10000") // produce nmr exchanges synchronously and wait till 10s to receive response

Using Stream bodies

If you are using a stream type as the message body, you should be aware that a stream is only capable of being read once. So if you enable DEBUG logging, the body is usually logged and thus read. To deal with this, Camel has a streamCaching option that can cache the stream, enabling you to read it multiple times.

from("nmr:MyEndpoint").streamCaching().to("xslt:transform.xsl", "bean:doSomething");

The stream caching is default enabled, so it is not necessary to set the streamCaching() option.
We store big input streams (by default, over 64K) in a temp file using CachedOutputStream. When you close the input stream, the temp file will be deleted.


NMR camel routes can be tested using the camel unit test approach even if they will be deployed next in different bundles on an OSGI runtime. With this aim in view, you will extend the ServiceMixNMR Mock class org.apache.servicemix.camel.nmr.AbstractComponentTest which will create a NMR bus, register the Camel NMR Component and the endpoints defined into the Camel routes.

public class ExchangeUsingNMRTest extends AbstractComponentTest {

    public void testProcessing() throws InterruptedException {
        MockEndpoint mock = getMockEndpoint("mock:simple");
        mock.expectedBodiesReceived("Simple message body");

        template.sendBody("direct:simple", "Simple message body");



    protected RouteBuilder createRouteBuilder() throws Exception {
        return new RouteBuilder() {

            public void configure() throws Exception {
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