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Using the Infinispan Client

This guide demonstrates how your Quarkus application can connect to an Infinispan server using the Infinispan Client extension.


To complete this guide, you need:

  • Roughly 15 minutes

  • An IDE

  • JDK 17+ installed with JAVA_HOME configured appropriately

  • Apache Maven 3.9.6

  • Optionally the Quarkus CLI if you want to use it

  • Optionally Mandrel or GraalVM installed and configured appropriately if you want to build a native executable (or Docker if you use a native container build)

  • A working Docker environment


In this guide, we are going to expose a Greeting Rest API to create and display greeting messages by using the Infinispan RemoteCache API and getAsync and putAsync operations.

We’ll be using the Quarkus Infinispan Client extension to connect to interact with Infinispan.


We recommend that you follow the instructions in the next sections and create the application step by step. However, you can go right to the completed example.

Clone the Git repository: git clone https://github.com/quarkusio/quarkus-quickstarts.git, or download an archive.

The solution is located in the infinispan-client-quickstart directory.

Creating the Maven Project

First, we need a new project. Create a new project with the following command:

quarkus create app org.acme:infinispan-client-quickstart \
    --extension='infinispan-client,rest' \
cd infinispan-client-quickstart

To create a Gradle project, add the --gradle or --gradle-kotlin-dsl option.

For more information about how to install and use the Quarkus CLI, see the Quarkus CLI guide.

mvn io.quarkus.platform:quarkus-maven-plugin:3.10.1:create \
    -DprojectGroupId=org.acme \
    -DprojectArtifactId=infinispan-client-quickstart \
    -Dextensions='infinispan-client,rest' \
cd infinispan-client-quickstart

To create a Gradle project, add the -DbuildTool=gradle or -DbuildTool=gradle-kotlin-dsl option.

For Windows users:

  • If using cmd, (don’t use backward slash \ and put everything on the same line)

  • If using Powershell, wrap -D parameters in double quotes e.g. "-DprojectArtifactId=infinispan-client-quickstart"

This command generates a new project, importing the Infinispan Client extension.

If you already have your Quarkus project configured, you can add the infinispan-client extension to your project by running the following command in your project base directory:

quarkus extension add infinispan-client
./mvnw quarkus:add-extension -Dextensions='infinispan-client'
./gradlew addExtension --extensions='infinispan-client'

This will add the following to your build file:

annotationProcessor 'org.infinispan.protostream:protostream-processor:4.6.1.Final' (1)
1 Mandatory in the Gradle build to enable the generation of the files in the annotation based serialization

Creating the Greeting POJO

We are going to model our increments using the Greeting POJO. Create the src/main/java/org/acme/infinispan/client/Greeting.java file, with the following content:

package org.acme.infinispan.client;

import org.infinispan.protostream.annotations.Proto;

@Proto (1)
public record Greeting(String name, String message) {} (2)
1 You only need an annotation to tag the record to be marshalled by Protostream

Note that we are not going to use Java serialization. Protostream is a serialization library based on Protobuf data format part of Infinispan. Using an annotation based API, we will store our data in Protobuf format.

Creating the Greeting Schema

We are going to create our serialization schema using the GreetingSchema interface. Create the src/main/java/org/acme/infinispan/client/GreetingSchema.java file, with the following content:

package org.acme.infinispan.client;

import org.infinispan.protostream.GeneratedSchema;
import org.infinispan.protostream.annotations.ProtoSchema;

@ProtoSchema(includeClasses = Greeting.class) (1)
public interface GreetingSchema extends GeneratedSchema { (2)
1 Includes the Greeting pojo with the @ProtoSchema annotation
2 Extends GeneratedSchema Protostream API interface

The Protobuf Schema that will be generated and used both on client and Infinispan Server side, will have the following content:

// File name: GreetingSchema.proto
// Generated from : org.acme.infinispan.client.GreetingSchema

syntax = "proto3";

message Greeting {

   optional string name = 1;

   optional string message = 2;

Creating the Infinispan Greeting Resource

Create the src/main/java/org/acme/infinispan/client/InfinispanGreetingResource.java file, with the following content:

package org.acme.infinispan.client;

import io.quarkus.infinispan.client.Remote;
import jakarta.inject.Inject;
import jakarta.ws.rs.GET;
import jakarta.ws.rs.POST;
import jakarta.ws.rs.Path;
import org.infinispan.client.hotrod.RemoteCache;

import java.util.concurrent.CompletionStage;

public class InfinispanGreetingResource {

    @Remote("mycache") (1)
    RemoteCache<String, Greeting> cache; (2)

    public CompletionStage<String> postGreeting(String id, Greeting greeting) {
        return cache.putAsync(id, greeting) (3)
              .thenApply(g -> "Greeting done!")
              .exceptionally(ex -> ex.getMessage());

    public CompletionStage<Greeting> getGreeting(String id) {
        return cache.getAsync(id); (4)
1 Use the @Remote annotation to use a cache. If the cache does not exist, will be created with a default configuration on first access.
2 Inject the RemoteCache
3 Put the greeting id as a key and the Greeting pojo as a value
4 Get the greeting by id as the key

Creating the test class

Edit the pom.xml file to add the following dependency:


Create the src/test/java/org/acme/infinispan/client/InfinispanGreetingResourceTest.java file with the following content:

package org.acme.infinispan.client;

import io.quarkus.test.junit.QuarkusTest;
import io.restassured.http.ContentType;
import org.junit.jupiter.api.Test;

import static io.restassured.RestAssured.given;
import static org.hamcrest.CoreMatchers.is;

class InfinispanGreetingResourceTest {

    public void testHelloEndpoint() {
              .body("{\"name\":\"Infinispan Client\",\"message\":\"Hello World, Infinispan is up!\"}")

                .body(is("{\"name\":\"Infinispan Client\",\"message\":\"Hello World, Infinispan is up!\"}"));

Get it running

We just need to run the application using:

quarkus dev
./mvnw quarkus:dev
./gradlew --console=plain quarkusDev

We should have the Infinispan server running thanks to the Dev Services. We can access the Dev Services UI through http://localhost:8080/q/dev/. The Dev UI should display the Infinispan UI Panel.

Dev UI Infinispan

Click on the Web Console link and log using admin and password default credentials. Quarkus has uploaded into the Schemas Tab the Protobuf Schema that is needed to marshall on the server the Greeting POJO with Protobuf. Check the Infinispan Dev Services Guide to learn more.

Interacting with the Greeting Service

As we have seen above, the Greeting API exposes two Rest endpoints. In this section we are going to see how to create and display a greeting message.

Creating a Greeting Message

With the following command, we will create a greeting message with the id quarkus.

curl -X POST http://localhost:8080/greeting/quarkus -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '{"name" : "Infinispan Client", "message":"Hello World, Infinispan is up!"}'

The service should respond with a Greeting added! message.

Displaying a Greeting Message

With the following command, we will display the greeting message with the id quarkus.

curl  http://localhost:8080/greeting/quarkus

The service should respond with the following json content.

  "name" : "Infinispan Client",
  "message" : "Hello World, Infinispan is up!"

Display the cache and content with the Infinispan Server Console

If a requested cache does not exist, Quarkus creates a cache with a Default configuration on first access. We should be able to reaload the Infinispan Server Console and display the content of the Cache. The Infinispan Server Console uses the Infinispan Server REST API. The content can be displayed in JSON thanks to the Protobuf Encoding that converts to JSON format.

Infinispan Console

Configuring for production

At this point, Quarkus uses the Infinispan Dev Service to run an Infinispan server and configure the application. However, in production, you will run your own Infinispan (or Red Hat Data Grid).

Let’s start an Infinispan server on the port 11222 using:

docker run -it -p 11222:11222 -e USER="admin" -e PASS="password" quay.io/infinispan/server:latest

Then, open the src/main/resources/application.properties file and add:

%prod.quarkus.infinispan-client.hosts=localhost:11222 (1)
%prod.quarkus.infinispan-client.username=admin (2)
%prod.quarkus.infinispan-client.password=password (3)

## Docker 4 Mac workaround. Uncomment only if you are using Docker for Mac.
## Read more about it in the Infinispan Reference Guide
# %prod.quarkus.infinispan-client.client-intelligence=BASIC (4)
1 Sets Infinispan Server address list, separated with commas
2 Sets the authentication username
3 Sets the authentication password
4 Sets the client intelligence. Use BASIC as a workaround if using Docker for Mac.

Client intelligence changes impact your performance in production. Don’t change the client intelligence unless strictly necessary for your case. Read more in the Infinispan Client extension reference guide.

Packaging and running in JVM mode

You can run the application as a conventional jar file.

First, we will need to package it:

quarkus build
./mvnw install
./gradlew build
This command will start an Infinispan instance to execute the tests.

Then run it:

java -jar target/quarkus-app/quarkus-run.jar

Running Native

You can also create a native executable from this application without making any source code changes. A native executable removes the dependency on the JVM: everything needed to run the application on the target platform is included in the executable, allowing the application to run with minimal resource overhead.

Compiling a native executable takes a bit longer, as GraalVM performs additional steps to remove unnecessary codepaths. Use the native profile to compile a native executable:

quarkus build --native
./mvnw install -Dnative
./gradlew build -Dquarkus.native.enabled=true

Once the build is finished, you can run the executable with:


Going further

To learn more about the Quarkus Infinispan extension, check the Infinispan Client extension reference guide.

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