The Core Platform is the connector’s application layer part for managing containers, message routes, and usage control policies. It is based on the Java Karaf framework and can be started as a standalone application, within a docker container or as a trust|me a0 container.


  • Java 8 (7 won’t work, 9 might need extra tweaking of the build)
  • Maven (>= 3.5.3 recommended)
  • yarn (>= 1.6.0 recommended)
  • docker (>= 17.05.0 recommended)


Clone the project from Github.

git clone


Change into the cloned directory and start the build.

./gradlew dockerize --parallel -PdockerTag="develop"

After a successful build, the Core Platform can be launched with the following command:

karaf-assembly/build/assembly/bin/karaf clean debug

Confirm that the management console is available at http://localhost:8181/.

The following Docker images are created and can be started with docker run -ti --rm --name core-platform <image name>:


The first one is the actual core platform. The second one is a simulator for the trusted third party (TTP) which is only needed for integration tests.

Entering the Shell

During development, you may want to interact with the shell of the application server. In a production environment, access to the shell must be limited for administrators or the shell must be removed completely. In this development setup, however, the shell can directly be accessed:

When running the Core Platform locally with karaf-assembly/build/assembly/bin/karaf clean debug, you are immediately dropped into the shell.

If the Core Platform runs in a Docker container, use the following command to enter the shell.

docker exec -ti <container_name> /root/bin/client

Managing Features

To keep its footprint low, the Core Platform only contains a few protocol adapters for Apache Camel, such as HTTP(S), WebSockets, and OPC-UA. If you need to install further protocol adapters, you may proceed as follows:

Enter the shell as described above.

List available features. Grep for camel- to limit the list to protocol adapters:

feature:list|grep camel

To install the desired feature, simply use the feature:install command. For example, to install MQTT support from the Eclipse Paho package, enter

feature:install camel-paho

In the web dashboard, MQTT will now be listed as a supported component.