25. GeoMesa Stream Processing


The GeoMesa Stream library is deprecated and will be removed in a future version.

The GeoMesa Stream library (geomesa-stream in the source distribution) provides tools to process streams of SimpleFeatures. The library can be used to instantiate a DataStore either in GeoServer or in a user’s application to serve as a constant source of SimpleFeatures. For example, you can instantiate a DataStore that will connect to Twitter and show the most recent tweets in a spatial context. The timeout for the DataStore is configurable. A stream can be defined against any source that can be processed by Apache Camel. A SimpleFeatureConverter can be attached to the stream to translate the underlying data into SimpleFeatures.

25.1. Modules

  • geomesa-stream-api - the stream source and processing APIs

  • geomesa-stream-generic - definition of the Camel generic source

  • geomesa-stream-datastore - DataStore implementation

  • geomesa-stream-gs-plugin - GeoServer hooks for stream sources

25.2. Using GeoMesa Stream

25.2.1. Installing into GeoServer

  • Clone GeoMesa from the source distribution found on GitHub.

  • Use Maven to build the source distribution.

  • Copy geomesa-stream-gs-plugin_${VERSION}-install.tar.gz from geomesa-stream/geomesa-stream-gs-plugin/target to GeoServer’s /webapps/geoserver/WEB-INF/lib/ directory and untar it.

  • In GeoServer, navigate to Stores under Data and click Add new Store.

  • SimpleFeature Stream Source should be visible under Vector Data Sources.

25.2.2. Example Usage

To illustrate usage, assume we are processing a stream of Twitter data as a csv. The configuration in GeoServer, when creating a new SimpleFeature Stream Source, is as follows:

  type         = "generic"
  source-route = "netty4:tcp://localhost:5899?textline=true"
  sft          = {
                   type-name = "twitter"
                   fields = [
                     { name = "user",      type = "String" }
                     { name = "msg",       type = "String" }
                     { name = "geom",      type = "Point",  index = true, srid = 4326, default = true }
                     { name = "dtg",       type = "Date",   index = true }
  converter    = {
                   id-field = "md5(stringToBytes($0))"
                   type = "delimited-text"
                   format = "DEFAULT"
                   fields = [
                     { name = "user",      transform = "$0" }
                     { name = "msg",       transform = "$1" }
                     { name = "geom",      transform = "point($2::double, $3::double)" }
                     { name = "dtg",       transform = "datetime($4)" }

This defines a stream source that will listen on port 5899 for csv messages that have the following columns: user, msg, lon, lat, dtg.

Twitter csv messages sent to the defined port over tcp will be processed by GeoMesa and sent to GeoServer. A layer can be published from the newly created store to view the data.


The Apache Camel route used by GeoMesa Stream defines a consumer endpoint not a producer endpoint.

25.2.3. Further Usage

To instantiate a DataStore for this type that keeps the last 30 seconds of tweets, use the following code.

val ds = DataStoreFinder.getDataStore(
    StreamDataStoreParams.STREAM_DATASTORE_CONFIG.key -> sourceConf,
    StreamDataStoreParams.CACHE_TIMEOUT.key           -> Integer.valueOf(30)

To query this stream source, use a FilterFactory from org.geotools.factory.CommonFactoryFinder. To receive notifications on new SimpleFeatures, use a StreamListener:

val listener =
  new StreamListener {
    def onNext(sf: SimpleFeature) = println(s"Received a new feature: ${sf.getID}")

25.3. UDP

The generic source can be used with UDP as well, although there are some caveats:

  • If you are sending text, the source route must include ‘?textline=true’, even though the Camel docs say that only applies to TCP

  • Each UDP packet data must end with a newline character

  • Each UDP packet data must contain exactly one line - everything after the newline will be dropped

  • Maximum text line size can be controlled by the route parameter ‘decoderMaxLineLength’ with a maximum value of 2048

  • If the message is longer than the line size then the message will be dropped

  • Default maximum text line length is 1024

  • Note that technically the line length can be longer, but Camel does not expose the Netty UDP RCVBUF_ALLOCATOR option, which causes messages to be truncated at 2048 bytes.