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Gyrex/Developer Guide/Roles

In Gyrex roles are used to control what bundles and what OSGi applications (OSGi application admin) will be started on a particular node.


  • Bundle org.eclipse.gyrex.boot (Gyrex 1.0 or higher)
  • Equinox Extension Registry

Define Roles

Roles are implemented using the Equinox Extension Registry. This decision was made in order to allow a declaritive approach for devining roles without writing any line of Java as well as to support lazy activation. It may be possible to use DS in the future (bug 395332).

In order to define a role you need to create an extension to the org.eclipse.gyrex.server.roles extension point. Each role consists of an identifier, a name and references a set of bundles and/or applications to start. Applications must be defined using the Equinox org.eclipse.core.runtime.applications extension point.


The following Example defines a role "My Server Role".

<extension point="org.eclipse.gyrex.server.roles">
  <role id="" name="My Server Role">
    <requireBundle symbolicName="" />
    <requireApplication applicationId="" />

The role requires the bundle to be started as well as the application

Activation Triggers

Once roles are defined you also need to define an activation trigger. You can create different triggers depending on the operation mode and the cloud online state. An addition start level can be set to apply some level of ordering to roles activation.

The following activation triggers are possible:

  • trigger="onBoot" ... a node is started
  • trigger="onCloudConnect" ... a node has successfully established its connection to the cluster
  • mode="development" ... a node is operating in development mode
  • mode="production" ... a node is operating is in production mode
  • nodeFilter="(...)" ... a node matches a custom LDAP style filter

Example Development Trigger

In development mode it's usually very comfortable to automatically start a role. For example, Gyrex itself uses the following trigger to automatically start an embedded ZooKeeper server in development mode.

<extension point="org.eclipse.gyrex.server.roles">

Example Production Trigger

In production environment one usually does not want a particular role to start automatically but only when a specific configuration is done. For example, Gyrex itself uses the following trigger to start the Jetty server in production mode when a node is tagged with the tag webserver and successfully connected with the cloud.

<extension point="org.eclipse.gyrex.server.roles">

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