Deploy as an OSGi bundle with Spring

Using an OSGi bundle to deploy your Camel routes allows you to use the Java or Scala DSL for defining your routes.

In this case, you're using Spring to start your Camel routes, so you include your Spring XML file (e.g. camel-context.xml) in the META-INF/spring folder inside your bundle.

+ <bundle classes, incl. your RouteBuilder>
   \- spring
      \- camel-context.xml

After the bundle has been activated, the Spring DM extender will find, create and start your Spring ApplicationContexts.

Example: Referring to Java or Scala RouteBuilder classes

If your RouteBuilder classes have been defined in the org.apache.servicemix.manual.camel package, the file would look like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns=""



  <camelContext xmlns="">


Example in the distribution

Another example for using this deployment option can be found in the camel-osgi example that is shipped with Apache ServiceMix.