Quarkus - Infinispan Client

Infinispan is an in memory data grid that allows running in a server outside of application processes. This extension provides functionality to allow the client that can connect to said server when running in Quarkus.

More information can be found about Infinispan at https://infinispan.org and the client/server at https://infinispan.org/docs/dev/user_guide/user_guide.html#client_server


Once you have your Quarkus project configured you can add the infinispan-client extension to your project by running the following from the command line in your project base directory.

mvn quarkus:add-extension -Dextensions="infinispan-client"

This will add the following to your pom.xml


The Infinispan client is configurable in the application.properties file that can be provided in the src/main/resources directory. These are the properties that can be configured in this file:

Property Default Value Description



Defines the list of servers to connect to upon startup. This allows for multiple servers separated by a semicolon for each. (eg. host1:11222;host:11222)



Controls whether the near cache is enabled (allowing repeated retrievals to be stored). If this value is zero or less near cache is disabled. A value greater than zero enables near cache and only that many entries will be held a time, removing older entries to save memory (per cache).

It is also possible to configure a hotrod-client.properties as described in the Infinispan user guide. Note that the hotrod-client.properties values overwrite any matching property from the other configuration values (eg. near cache).

Serialization (Key Value types support)

By default the client will support keys and values of the following types: byte[], primitive wrappers (eg. Integer, Long, Double etc.), String, Date and Instant. User types require some additional steps that are detailed here. Let’s say we have the following user classes:

public class Author {
   private final String name;
   private final String surname;

   public Author(String name, String surname) {
      this.name = Objects.requireNonNull(name);
      this.surname = Objects.requireNonNull(surname);
   // Getter/Setter/equals/hashCode/toString omitted
public class Book {
   private final String title;
   private final String description;
   private final int publicationYear;
   private final Set<Author> authors;

   public Book(String title, String description, int publicationYear, Set<Author> authors) {
      this.title = Objects.requireNonNull(title);
      this.description = Objects.requireNonNull(description);
      this.publicationYear = publicationYear;
      this.authors = Objects.requireNonNull(authors);
   // Getter/Setter/equals/hashCode/toString omitted

The default serialization is done using a library based on protobuf. We need to define the proto buf schema and a marshaller for each user type(s).

Annotation based proto stream marshalling is not yet supported in the Quarkus Infinispan client. This will be added soon, allowing you to only annotate your classes, skipping the following steps.
This version has an issue currently requiring the Query DSL module as a dependency when running in native mode with proto buf based marshalling. This should be remedied in a future version.
Protobuf schema

You can supply a protobuf schema through either one of two ways.

  1. Proto File
    You can put the .proto file in the META-INF directory of the project. These files will automatically be picked up at initialization time.

    package book_sample;
    message Book {
      required string title = 1;
      required string description = 2;
      required int32 publicationYear = 3; // no native Date type available in Protobuf
      repeated Author authors = 4;
    message Author {
      required string name = 1;
      required string surname = 2;
  2. In Code
    Or you can define the proto schema directly in user code by defining a produced bean of type org.infinispan.protostream.FileDescriptorSource.

       FileDescriptorSource bookProtoDefinition() {
          return FileDescriptorSource.fromString("library.proto", "package book_sample;\n" +
                "\n" +
                "message Book {\n" +
                "  required string title = 1;\n" +
                "  required string description = 2;\n" +
                "  required int32 publicationYear = 3; // no native Date type available in Protobuf\n" +
                "\n" +
                "  repeated Author authors = 4;\n" +
                "}\n" +
                "\n" +
                "message Author {\n" +
                "  required string name = 1;\n" +
                "  required string surname = 2;\n" +
User Marshaller

The last thing to do is to provide a org.infinispan.protostream.MessageMarshaller implementation for each user class defined in the proto schema. This class is then provided via @Produces in a similar fashion to the code based proto schema definition above.

Here is the Marshaller class for our Author & Book classes.

The type name must match the <protobuf package>.<protobuf message> exactly!
public class AuthorMarshaller implements MessageMarshaller<Author> {

   public String getTypeName() {
      return "book_sample.Author";

   public Class<? extends Author> getJavaClass() {
      return Author.class;

   public void writeTo(ProtoStreamWriter writer, Author author) throws IOException {
      writer.writeString("name", author.getName());
      writer.writeString("surname", author.getSurname());

   public Author readFrom(ProtoStreamReader reader) throws IOException {
      String name = reader.readString("name");
      String surname = reader.readString("surname");
      return new Author(name, surname);
public class BookMarshaller implements MessageMarshaller<Book> {

   public String getTypeName() {
      return "book_sample.Book";

   public Class<? extends Book> getJavaClass() {
      return Book.class;

   public void writeTo(ProtoStreamWriter writer, Book book) throws IOException {
      writer.writeString("title", book.getTitle());
      writer.writeString("description", book.getDescription());
      writer.writeInt("publicationYear", book.getPublicationYear());
      writer.writeCollection("authors", book.getAuthors(), Author.class);

   public Book readFrom(ProtoStreamReader reader) throws IOException {
      String title = reader.readString("title");
      String description = reader.readString("description");
      int publicationYear = reader.readInt("publicationYear");
      Set<Author> authors = reader.readCollection("authors", new HashSet<>(), Author.class);
      return new Book(title, description, publicationYear, authors);

And you pass the marshaller by defining the following:

   MessageMarshaller authorMarshaller() {
      return new AuthorMarshaller();

   MessageMarshaller bookMarshaller() {
      return new BookMarshaller();
Annotation based proto stream marshalling is not yet supported in the Quarkus Infinispan client.

Providing your own Marshaller

You can implement the org.infinispan.commons.marshaller.Marshaller interface. This will allow you to put keys and values of the types it supports directly with the client. All that is required is to have your class available in classpath and configure the property value to be the fully qualified class name. This method does not require any optional dependencies.

It is recommended to extend from the org.infinispan.commons.marshall.AbstractMarshaller class to reduce the lines of the class. Here is an example of a Marshaller implementation for String instances.

With that class in your project/classpath, all you need to do is add the following to your hotrod-client.properties as mentioned above.


Note that the Marshaller implementation must have a no arg constructor or static factory method named getInstance.

Dependency Injection

As you saw above we support the user injecting Marshaller configuration. You can do the inverse with the Infinispan client extension providing injection for RemoteCacheManager and RemoteCache objects. There is one global RemoteCacheManager that takes all of the configuration parameters setup in the above sections.

It is very simple to inject these components. All you need to do is to add the Inject annotation to the field, constructor or method. In the below code we utilize field and constructor injection.

    @Inject SomeClass(RemoteCacheManager remoteCacheManager) {
       this.remoteCacheManager = remoteCacheManager;

    @Inject @Remote("myCache")
    RemoteCache<String, Book> cache;

    RemoteCacheManager remoteCacheManager;

If you notice the RemoteCache declaration has an additional optional annotation named Remote. This is a qualifier annotation allowing you to specify which named cache that will be injected. This annotation is not required and if it is not supplied, the default cache will be injected.

Other types may be supported for injection, please see other sections for more information


The Infinispan client supports both indexed and non indexed querying as long as the ProtoStreamMarshaller is configured above. This allows the user to query based on the properties of the proto schema.

Query builds upon the proto definitions you can configure when setting up the ProtoStreamMarshaller. Make sure to configure this marshaller before attempting querying. Once this is completed you must add another optional depdency: infinispan-query-dsl to start using queries.

You can do this by adding the following dependency to your project.


With this added you can use Infinispan querying just as you would normally, nothing special required. You can read more about this at https://infinispan.org/docs/dev/user_guide/user_guide.html#query_dsl.

You can use either the Query DSL or the Ickle Query language with the Quarkus Infinispan client extension.


Infinispan also has a notion of counters and the Quarkus Infinispan client supports them out of the box.

The Quarkus Infinispan client extension allows for Dependency Injection of the CounterManager directly. All you need to do is annotate your field, constructor or method and you get it with no fuss. You can then use counters as you would normally.

CounterManager counterManager;

Near Caching

Near caching is disabled by default, but you can enable it by setting the profile config property quarkus.infinispan-client.near-cache-max-entries to a value greater than 0. You can also configure a regular expression so that only a subset of caches have near caching applied through the quarkus.infinispan-client.near-cache-name-pattern attribute.


Encryption at this point requires additional steps to get working.

The first step is to configure the hotrod-client.properties file to point to your truststore and/or keystore. This is further detailed at https://infinispan.org/docs/dev/user_guide/user_guide.html#hr_encryption.

The reason that Quarkus is different is that SubstrateVM does not come with security services enabled. This is mentioned at https://github.com/oracle/graal/blob/master/substratevm/JCA-SECURITY-SERVICES.md. To do this you will need to set the <enableAllSecurityServices>true</enableAllSecurityServices> value in the quarkus-maven-plugin configuration values.

An example is as shown here, with a comment highlighting them:

               <!-- next two are to enable security - If not needed it is recommended not to enable these-->

If you notice the example XML above also enabled JNI. This is currently needed depending on the configured security provider. If JNI is required then you must locate the shared library used. In testing it was utilizing the sunec library. This shared library should be at <JAVA_HOME>/jre/lib/<platform>/libsunec.so and must be added to java.library.path for encryption to work properly.


This chart illustrates what mechanisms have been verified to be working properly with the Quarkus Infinispan Client extension.

Table 1. Mechanisms
Name Verified Notes



Requires steps from Encryption section above



Requires steps from Encryption section above



Requires steps from Encryption section above



Not tested



Not tested

The guide for configuring these can be found at https://infinispan.org/docs/dev/user_guide/user_guide.html#authentication. However you need to configure these through the hotrod-client.properties file if using Dependency Injection.

Additional Features

The Infinispan Client has additional features that were not mentioned here. This means this feature was not tested in a Quarkus environment and they may or may not work. Please let us know if you need these added!