VM Component

The vm: component provides asynchronous SEDA behavior, exchanging messages on a BlockingQueue and invoking consumers in a separate thread pool.

This component differs from the Seda component in that VM supports communication across CamelContext instances - so you can use this mechanism to communicate across web applications (provided that camel-core.jar is on the system/boot classpath).

VM is an extension to the Seda component.

URI format


Where queueName can be any string to uniquely identify the endpoint within the JVM (or at least within the classloader that loaded camel-core.jar)

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

Before Camel 2.3 - Same URI must be used for both producer and consumer

An exactly identical VM endpoint URI must be used for both the producer and the consumer endpoint. Otherwise, Camel will create a second VM endpoint despite that the queueName portion of the URI is identical. For example:



Notice that we have to use the full URI, including options in both the producer and consumer.

In Camel 2.4 this has been fixed so that only the queue name must match. Using the queue name bar, we could rewrite the previous exmple as follows:




See the Seda component for options and other important usage details as the same rules apply to the Vm component.


In the route below we send exchanges across CamelContext instances to a VM queue named order.email:


And then we receive exchanges in some other Camel context (such as deployed in another .war application):

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