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Apache Synapse ESB - Samples Setup

Synapse ships with a set of working examples that demonstrate some of the basic features and capabilities of Synapse. A set of sample clients and services are provided in addition to the sample configurations. Scripts are provided to execute the sample scenarios as explained below.


To try out the samples you will need Java development kit version 1.5.x or later and Apache Ant version 1.6.5 or later. Ant can be downloaded from The JMS examples can be executed against an ActiveMQ installation by default (or another JMS provider with relevant configuration changes.)

Note*: The samples and the documentation assume that you are running Synapse in DEBUG mode. You can switch from the default INFO log messages to DEBUG log messages by changing the line "" as "" in the lib/ file.

Understanding the Samples

Client Synapse Service
ant stockquote ./ -sample <n> SimpleStockQuoteService
SecureStockQuoteService etc.

The above table depicts the interactions between the clients, Synapse and the services at a higher level. The Clients are able to send SOAP/REST or POX messages over transports such as HTTP/S or JMS with WS-Addressing, WS-Security or WS-Reliable messaging. They can send binary optimized content using MTOM or SwA or binary or plain text JMS messages. After mediation through Synapse, the requests are passed over to the sample services. The sample clients and services are explained below.

Using the Sample Clients

The sample clients can be executed from the samples/axis2Client directory through the provided ant script. Simply executing 'ant' displays the available clients and some of the sample options used to configure them. The sample clients available are listed below:

1. Stock Quote Client

This is a simple SOAP client that can send stock quote requests, and receive and display the last sale price for a stock symbol.

ant stockquote [-Dsymbol=IBM|MSFT|SUN|..]
  [-Dmode=quote | customquote | fullquote | placeorder | marketactivity]
  [-Dtrpurl=http://localhost:8280] [-Dprxurl=http://localhost:8280]

The client is able to operate in the following modes, and send the payloads listed below as SOAP messages:

  • quote - send a quote request for a single stock as follows. The response contains the last sales price for the stock which will be displayed
    <m:getQuote xmlns:m="http://services.samples/xsd">
  • customquote - send a quote request in a custom format. Synapse will transform this custom request to the standard stock quote request format and send it to the service. Upon receipt of the response, it will be transformed again to a custom response format and returned to the client, which will then display the last sales price.
    <m0:checkPriceRequest xmlns:m0="">
  • fullquote - get quote reports for the stock over a number of days (i.e. last 100 days of the year).
    <m:getFullQuote xmlns:m="http://services.samples/xsd">
  • placeorder - place an order for stocks using a one way request
    <m:placeOrder xmlns:m="http://services.samples/xsd">
  • marketactivity - get a market activity report for the day (i.e. quotes for multiple symbols)
    <m:getMarketActivity xmlns:m="http://services.samples/xsd">

Note : See samples/axis2Client/src/samples/common/ for sample responses expected by the clients.

Smart Client Mode:

The 'addurl' property sets the WS-Addressing EPR, and the 'trpurl' sets a transport URL for a message. Thus by specifying both of these properties, the client can operate in the 'smart client' mode, where the addressing EPR can specify the ultimate receiver, while the transport URL set to Synapse will ensure that any necessary mediation takes place before the message is delivered to the ultimate receiver.

e.g: ant stockquote -Daddurl=<addressingEPR> -Dtrpurl=<synapse>

Gateway / Dumb Client Mode:

By specifying only a transport URL, the client operates in the 'dumb client' mode, where it sends the message to Synapse and depends on the Synapse rules for proper mediation and routing of the message to the ultimate destination.

e.g: ant stockquote -Dtrpurl=<synapse>

Proxy Client Mode:

In this mode, the client uses the 'prxurl' as a HTTP proxy to send the request. Thus by setting the 'prxurl' to Synapse, the client can ensure that the message will reach Synapse for mediation. The client can optionally set a WS-Addressing EPR if required.

e.g: ant stockquote -Dprxurl=<synapse> [-Daddurl=<addressingEPR>]

Specifying a policy

By specifying a WS-Policy using the 'policy' property, QoS aspects such as WS-Security can be enforced on the request. The policy can specify details such as timestamps, signatures and encryption. See Apache Axis2 and Apache Rampart documentation for more information.

2. Generic JMS Client

The JMS client is able to send plain text, plain binary content or POX content by directly publishing a JMS message to the specified destination. The JMS destination name should be specified with the 'jms_dest' property. The 'jms_type' property can specify 'text', 'binary' or 'pox' to specify the type of message payload.

The plain text payload for a 'text' message can be specified through the 'payload' property. For binary messages, the 'payload' property will contain the path to the binary file. For POX messages, the 'payload' property will hold a stock symbol name to be used within the POX request for stock order placement request.


ant jmsclient -Djms_type=text -Djms_dest=dynamicQueues/JMSTextProxy -Djms_payload="24.34 100 IBM"
ant jmsclient -Djms_type=pox -Djms_dest=dynamicQueues/JMSPoxProxy -Djms_payload=MSFT
ant jmsclient -Djms_type=binary -Djms_dest=dynamicQueues/JMSFileUploadProxy

Note: The JMS client assumes the existence of a default ActiveMQ (4.1.0 or above) installation on the local machine.

3. MTOM / SwA Client

The MTOM / SwA client is able to send a binary image file as a MTOM or SwA optimized message, and receive the same file again through the response and save it as a temporary file. The 'opt_mode' can specify 'mtom' or 'swa' respectively for the above mentioned optimizations. Optionally the path to a custom file can be specified through the 'opt_file' property, and the destination address can be changed through the 'opt_url' property if required.

e.g. ant optimizeclient -Dopt_mode=[mtom | swa]

Starting the Sample Services

The sample services ship with a pre-configured Axis2 server and demonstrates in-only and in-out SOAP/REST or POX messaging over HTTP/S and JMS transports, using WS-Addressing, WS-Security and WS-Reliable Messaging and handling of binary content using MTOM and SwA.

The sample services can be found in the samples/axis2Server/src directory and can be built and deployed using ant from within each service directory

user@host:/tmp/synapse-1.1/samples/axis2Server/src/SimpleStockQuoteService$ ant
Buildfile: build.xml
      [jar] Building jar: /tmp/synapse-1.1/samples/axis2Server/repository/services/SimpleStockQuoteService.aar

Total time: 3 seconds

To start the Axis2 server, go to the samples/axis2Server directory and execute the or axis2server.bat script. This starts the Axis2 server with the HTTP transport listener on port 9000 and HTTPS on 9002 respectively. To enable JMS transport, you will need to setup and start a JMS provider. An ActiveMQ 4.0.1 or later JMS server on the local machine is supported by default, and can be easily enabled by uncommenting the JMS transport from the repository/conf/axis2.xml

Sample services

1. SimpleStockQuoteService

This service has four operations, getQuote (in-out), getFullQuote(in-out), getMarketActivity(in-out) and placeOrder (in-only). The getQuote operation will generate a sample stock quote for a given symbol. The getFullQuote operation will generate a history of stock quotes for the symbol for a number of days, and the getMarketActivity operation returns stock quotes for a list of given symbols. The placeOrder operation will accept a one way message for an order.

2. SecureStockQuoteService

This service is a clone of the SimpleStockQuoteService, but has WS-Security enabled and an attached security policy for signing and encryption of messages.

3. MTOMSwASampleService

This service has three operations uploadFileUsingMTOM(in-out), uploadFileUsingSwA(in-out) and oneWayUploadUsingMTOM(in-only) and demonstrates the use of MTOM and SwA. The uploadFileUsingMTOM and uploadFileUsingSwA operations accept a binary image from the SOAP request as MTOM and SwA, and returns this image back again as the response, while the oneWayUploadUsingMTOM saves the request message to disk.

Starting Sample Synapse Configurations

To start Synapse with the sample default configuration, execute the synapse.bat or script found in the /bin directory. This starts up an instance of Synapse using the Synapse and Axis2 configuration files located in the repository/conf directory. The repository/conf/samples directory contains the sample configurations available as synapse_sample_<n>.xml files. To start a specific sample configuration of Synapse, use the '-sample <n>' switch as follows:

synapse.bat -sample <n> -sample <n>

Setting up the JMS Listener

The samples used in this guide assumes the existence of a local ActiveMQ (4.1.0 or higher) installation properly installed and started up. You also need to copy the following client JAR files into the Synapse 'lib' folder to support ActiveMQ. These files are found in the 'lib' directory of the ActiveMQ installation.

  • activeio-core-3.0.0-incubator.jar
  • activemq-core-4.1.0-incubator.jar
  • geronimo-j2ee-management_1.0_spec-1.0.jar

To enable the JMS transport, you need to uncomment the JMS transport listener configuration. If you are using a JMS provider other than ActiveMQ this configuration should be updated to reflect your environment. Once uncommented, the default configuration should be as follows. To enable JMS for synapse, the repository/conf/axis2.xml must be updated, while to enable JMS support for the sample Axis2 server the samples/axis2Server/repository/conf/axis2.xml file must be updated.

    <!--Uncomment this and configure as appropriate for JMS transport support, after setting up your JMS environment (e.g. ActiveMQ)-->
    <transportReceiver name="jms" class="org.apache.synapse.transport.jms.JMSListener">
        <parameter name="myTopicConnectionFactory" locked="false">
                <parameter name="java.naming.factory.initial" locked="false">org.apache.activemq.jndi.ActiveMQInitialContextFactory</parameter>
                <parameter name="java.naming.provider.url" locked="false">tcp://localhost:61616</parameter>
                <parameter name="transport.jms.ConnectionFactoryJNDIName" locked="false">TopicConnectionFactory</parameter>

        <parameter name="myQueueConnectionFactory" locked="false">
                <parameter name="java.naming.factory.initial" locked="false">org.apache.activemq.jndi.ActiveMQInitialContextFactory</parameter>
                <parameter name="java.naming.provider.url" locked="false">tcp://localhost:61616</parameter>
                <parameter name="transport.jms.ConnectionFactoryJNDIName" locked="false">QueueConnectionFactory</parameter>

        <parameter name="default" locked="false">
                <parameter name="java.naming.factory.initial" locked="false">org.apache.activemq.jndi.ActiveMQInitialContextFactory</parameter>
                <parameter name="java.naming.provider.url" locked="false">tcp://localhost:61616</parameter>
                <parameter name="transport.jms.ConnectionFactoryJNDIName" locked="false">QueueConnectionFactory</parameter>

Setting up Mail Transport Sender

To enable the mail transport for samples, you need to uncomment the mail transport sender configuration in the repository/conf/axis2.xml. Uncomment the MailTransportSender sample configuration and make sure it points to a valid SMTP configuration for any actual scenarios.

    <transportSender name="mailto" class="org.apache.synapse.transport.mail.MailTransportSender">
        <parameter name=""></parameter>
        <parameter name="mail.smtp.port">587</parameter>
        <parameter name="mail.smtp.starttls.enable">true</parameter>
        <parameter name="mail.smtp.auth">true</parameter>
        <parameter name="mail.smtp.user">synapse.demo.0</parameter>
        <parameter name="mail.smtp.password">mailpassword</parameter>
        <parameter name="mail.smtp.from"></parameter>

Configuring Synapse for the FIX Transport

First of all you need to put the following jar files into the lib folder of the synapse distribution

  • quickfixj-core-1.3.1.jar
  • quickfixj-msg-fix40-1.3.1.jar
  • quickfixj-msg-fix41-1.3.1.jar
  • quickfixj-msg-fix42-1.3.1.jar
  • quickfixj-msg-fix43-1.3.1.jar
  • quickfixj-msg-fix44-1.3.1.jar
  • slf4j-api-1.3.0.jar
  • slf4j-jdk14-1.3.0.jar

Setting up the FIX Transport

To run the FIX samples used in this guide you need a local Quickfix/J installation. Download Quickfix/J from here.

To enable the FIX transport for samples, you need to uncomment the FIX transport sender and FIX transport receiver configurations in the repository/conf/axis2.xml. Simply locate and uncomment the FIXTransportSender and FIXTransportListener sample configurations. Also add the following jars to the Synapse class path (SYNAPSE_HOME/lib directory).

  • quickfixj-core.jar
  • quickfixj-msg-fix40.jar
  • quickfixj-msg-fix41.jar
  • quickfixj-msg-fix42.jar
  • quickfixj-msg-fix43.jar
  • quickfixj-msg-fix44.jar
  • mina-core-1.1.0.jar
  • slf4j-api-1.3.0.jar

All these jars are shipped with the Quickfix/J binary distribution.

Configuring Synapse for FIX Samples

In order to configure Synapse to run the FIX samples given in this guide you will need to create some FIX configuration files as specified below.

The FileStorePath property in the following two files should point to two directories in your local file system. Once the samples are executed, Synapse will create FIX message stores in these two directories.

Put the following entries in a file called fix-synapse.cfg



Put the following entries in a file called synapse-sender.cfg


Configuring Sample FIX Applications

Locate and edit the FIX configuration file of Executor to be as follows. This file is usually named executor.cfg



Locate and edit the FIX configuration file of Banzai to be as follows. This file is usually named banzai.cfg



The FileStorePath property in the above two files should point to two directories in your local file system.

If you are using a binary distribution of Quickfix/J, the two samples and their configuration files are all packed to a single jar file called quickfixj-examples.jar. You will have to extract the jar file, modify the configuration files and pack them to a jar file again under the same name.

For more information regarding the FIX sample applications please refer the Example Applications section in the Quickfix/J documentation. For more information on configuring Quickfix/J applications refer the Configuring Quickfix/J section of the Quickfix/J documentation.

Configuring Synapse for Script Mediator Support

The Synapse Script Mediator is a Synapse extension, and thus all prerequisites are not bundled by default with the Synapse distribution. Before you use some script mediators you may need to manually add the required jar files to the Synapse lib directory, and optionally perform other installation tasks as may be required by the individual scripting language. This is explained in the following sections.

JavaScript Support

The JavaScript/E4X support is enabled by default and comes ready-to-use with the Synapse distribution.

Ruby Support

For Ruby support you need to download the 'jruby-complete.jar' from the Maven repository for JRuby, and copy it into the 'lib' folder of Synapse . The JRuby JAR can be downloaded from here.

Setting up Derby database server

You can download Apache Derby distribution from

  1. Set up and start the Derby network server
  2. Create and open a connection to the database using the Derby client driver
     CONNECT 'jdbc:derby://localhost:1527/synapsedb;user=synapse;password=synapse;create=true';
  3. Create a table using the following statement
     CREATE table company(name varchar(10), id varchar(10), price double);
  4. Inserts some data using following statements
     INSERT into company values ('IBM','c1',0.0);
     INSERT into company values ('SUN','c2',0.0);
     INSERT into company values ('MSFT','c3',0.0);

When using Derby, you need to add derby.jar, derbyclient.jar and derbynet.jar to the classpath. This can be done by putting the above three jars into the Synapse lib directory. For testing these samples Derby binary distribution was used.

You can use any other database product instead of Derby. Then you have to change the database connection details accordingly. Also you have to copy the required database driver jars to the Synapse classpath.

Setting up Synapse DataSources

Definition of the reusable database connection pool or datasources can be done using file. It is possible to configure any number of datasources. Currently only supports two type of datasources and those are based on apache dbcp datasources. Those types are BasicDataSource and PerUserPoolDataSource (based on apache dhcp).Following configuration includes both two definition. This configuration is related with sample 363.

Configuration is somewhat similar to the log4j appender configuration.

It requires two databases, follow the above specified (Setting up Derby Database server) steps to create the two databases 'jdbc:derby://localhost:1527/lookupdb', 'jdbc:derby://localhost:1527/reportdb' using the user name and password as 'synapse'. Fill in the data for those two databases as per described in the above section configuration