The SQL support is added by JoSQL and is primarily used for performing SQL queries on in-memory objects. If you prefer to perform actual database queries then check out the JPA component.

To use SQL in your camel routes you need to add the a dependency on camel-josql which implements the SQL language.

If you use maven you could just add the following to your pom.xml, substituting the version number for the latest & greatest release (see the download page for the latest versions).


Camel supports SQL to allow an Expression or Predicate to be used in the DSL or Xml Configuration. For example you could use SQL to create an Predicate in a Message Filter or as an Expression for a Recipient List.

from("queue:foo").setBody().sql("select * from MyType").to("queue:bar")

And the spring DSL:

   <from uri="queue:foo"/>
       <sql>select * from MyType</sql>
   <to uri="queue:bar"/>


Variable Type Description
exchange Exchange the Exchange object
in Message the exchange.in message
out Message the exchange.out message
the property key Object the Exchange properties
the header key Object the exchange.in headers
the variable key Object if any additional variables is added using setVariables method