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Apache Camel Load Balancer Pattern in Apache Camel using example

In previous tutorial we implemented the Dynamic Router EIP Pattern
In this tutorial we will implement the Load Balancer EIP.
For this tutorial we will be taking reference of the Apache Camel+ JMS tutorial we had implemented before. The Load Balancer Pattern allows you to delegate to one of a number of endpoints using a variety of different load balancing policies.

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Lets Begin

The load balancing pattern can be any of the following-
Policy Description
Round Robin The exchanges are selected from in a round robin fashion. This is a well known and classic policy, which spreads the load evenly.
Random A random endpoint is selected for each exchange.
Sticky Sticky load balancing using an Expression to calculate a correlation key to perform the sticky load balancing; rather like jsessionid in the web or JMSXGroupID in JMS.
Topic Topic which sends to all destinations (rather like JMS Topics)
Failover In case of failures the exchange will be tried on the next endpoint.
Weighted Round-Robin The weighted load balancing policy allows you to specify a processing load distribution ratio for each server with respect to the others. In addition to the weight, endpoint selection is then further refined using round-robin distribution based on weight.
Weighted Random The weighted load balancing policy allows you to specify a processing load distribution ratio for each server with respect to others.In addition to the weight, endpoint selection is then further refined using random distribution based on weight.
Custom From Camel 2.8 onwards the preferred way of using a custom Load Balancer is to use this policy, instead of using the @deprecated ref attribute.
Circuit Breaker Implements the Circuit Breaker pattern
In this tutorial we will be using the Round Robbin Load Balancer Pattern.
We will create Eclipse maven project as follows-

Our pom file will be as follows-
<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
	xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">





Define the route.
package com.javainuse;

import org.apache.camel.builder.RouteBuilder;

public class SimpleRouteBuilder extends RouteBuilder {

	public void configure() throws Exception {
When Camel is started, it creates a CamelContext object that contains the definition of the Route to be started. Below we create default camel context and load the routes created in SimpleRouteBuilder.
package com.javainuse;

import javax.jms.ConnectionFactory;
import org.apache.activemq.ActiveMQConnectionFactory;
import org.apache.camel.CamelContext;
import org.apache.camel.component.jms.JmsComponent;
import org.apache.camel.impl.DefaultCamelContext;

public class MainApp {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        SimpleRouteBuilder routeBuilder = new SimpleRouteBuilder();
        CamelContext ctx = new DefaultCamelContext();
        ConnectionFactory connectionFactory = new ActiveMQConnectionFactory("tcp://");
        //define the jms component
        ctx.addComponent("jms", JmsComponent.jmsComponentAutoAcknowledge(connectionFactory));
        try {
            Thread.sleep(5 * 60 * 1000);
        catch (Exception e) {

In C:/inbox folder we have a file with following content-
Next run the MainApp class as a java application. We can see that the above file contents get split and messages have been routed to different queues based on the Round Robbin Pattern.

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