Service Container

Use service container in dubbo

The service container is a standalone launcher because the backend service does not require the functionality of a Web container ,such as Tomcat or JBoss. If you insist on using web containers to load service providers, that increase complexity and is waste of resources.

The service container is just a simple Main method and loads a simple Spring container to expose the service.

The content of Service container can be extended, built-in spring, jetty, log4j etc.. This can be expanded with Container Extension Points. Configure it with the -D parameter in the java command or

Container type

Spring Container

  • Automatically load all spring configurations in the META-INF/spring.


Jetty Container

  • Start an embedded Jetty for reporting status.
  • Configure:
    • dubbo.jetty.port=8080: configure jetty start up port
    • static file that can be visited by jetty directly.
    •,status,system: configure the displayed page, loading all pages by default

Log4j Container

  • Automatic configuration log4j configuration. At the start of the multi-process, log files automatically by process sub-directory.
  • Configure:
    • dubbo.log4j.file=/foo/bar.log: configure log file path
    • dubbo.log4j.level=WARN: configure log level
    • dubbo.log4j.subdirectory=20880: configure log sub directory for multi-process startup and avoiding conflict

Container startup

load spring by default.

java org.apache.dubbo.container.Main

Load the container that passed in by the main method

java org.apache.dubbo.container.Main spring jetty log4j

Load the container that passed in by the JVM option.

java org.apache.dubbo.container.Main -Ddubbo.container=spring,jetty,log4j

Load the container that passed in by in the classpath.