Tamaya Events (Extension Module)

Tamaya Events is an extension module. Refer to the extensions documentation for further details.

What functionality this module provides ?

Tamaya Events provides a mechanism to publish and subscribe to ConfigEvent<T> instances. This module implements ConfigChange or PropertySourceChange as possible payloads, but the module itself is not constraint to this payload types. These payload types describe detected changes of key/values of a Configuration or a PropertySource. The extension also provides a Singleton accessor which allows to register/unregister listeners for changes and the period, when configuration should be scanned for any changes.

Summarizing with the events module you can easily observe configuration changes, record the state of any configuration and compare configuration states to create and publish related change events.


The module is based on Java 8.


To benefit from configuration event support you only must add the corresponding dependency to your module:


Core Architecture

The core of the module are the ConfigEventListener and the ConfigEvent interfaces, which defines an abstraction for event handling and observation:

public interface ConfigEvent<T> {

    Class<T> getResourceType();
    T getResource();
    String getVersion();
    long getTimestamp();

public interface ConfigEventListener {

    void onConfigEvent(ConfigEvent<?> event);


Hereby the payload T can be basically of an arbitrary type as long as it implements the ConfigEvent interface. The next sections give more details on the the event types provided by this extension and their usage.

Also the technology to be used for publishing these event types is adaptable. In SE the module uses a simple in-memory implementation based on the Google Guava library. But users can replace this mechanism as needed. For more details refer to the SPI section later in this guide.

The ConfigEventManager Singleton

Main entry point of the events module is the ConfigEventManager singleton class, which provides static accessor methods to the extension’s functionality:

  • Adding/removing of ConfigChangeListener instances, either globally or per event type.

  • Firing configuration events synchronously or asyncronously (mostly called by framework code).

  • Configuring the monitor that periodically checks for changes on the global Configuration provided by ConfigurationProvider.getConfiguration().

public final class ConfigEventManager {

    private ConfigEventManager() {}

    public static ConfigEventManager getInstance();
    public static ConfigEventManager getInstance(ClassLoader classLoader);

    public void addListener(ConfigEventListener l);
    public <T extends ConfigEvent> void addListener(ConfigEventListener l, Class<T> eventType);
    public void removeListener(ConfigEventListener l);
    public <T extends ConfigEvent> void removeListener(ConfigEventListener l, Class<T> eventType);
    public <T extends ConfigEvent>
        Collection<? extends ConfigEventListener> getListeners();
    public <T extends ConfigEvent>
        Collection<? extends ConfigEventListener> getListeners(Class<T> type);

    public <T> void fireEvent(ConfigEvent<?> event);
    public <T> void fireEventAsynch(ConfigEvent<?> event);

    public void enableChangeMonitoring(boolean enable);
    public boolean isChangeMonitoring();
    public long getChangeMonitoringPeriod();
    public void setChangeMonitoringPeriod(long millis);


Modelling configuration changes as events

This module provides a serializable and thread-safe abstraction modelling a configuration change, which is anything of the following

  • additional, new configuration entries

  • removed configuration entries

  • changes on existing entries

A collection of changes

  • on a Configuration is modelled by the ConfigurationChange class

  • on a PropertySource is modelled by the PropertySourceChange class

Configuration Changes

A set of changes on a Configuration is described by a ConfigurationChange as follows:

public final class ConfigurationChange implements ConfigEvent<Configuration>, Serializable{

    public static ConfigurationChange emptyChangeSet(Configuration configuration);

    public Configuration getResource();
    public Class<Configuration> getResourceType();
    public String getVersion();
    public long getTimestamp();

    // Event specific methods

    public Collection<PropertyChangeEvent> getChanges();
    public int getRemovedSize();
    public int getAddedSize();
    public int getUpdatedSize();

    public boolean isKeyAffected(String key);
    public boolean isRemoved(String key);
    public boolean isAdded(String key);
    public boolean isUpdated(String key);
    public boolean containsKey(String key);
    public boolean isEmpty();

New instances of ConfigurationChange hereby can be created using a fluent ConfigurationChangeBuilder:

Configuration config = ...;
ConfigurationChange change = ConfigurationChangeBuilder.of(config)
  .addChange("MyKey", "newValue")

Also it is possible to directly compare 2 instances of Configuration, which results in a ConfigurationChange that reflects the differences between the two configurations passed:

Comparing 2 configurations
Configuration config = ...;
Configuration changedConfig = ...;
ConfigurationChange change = ConfigurationChangeBuilder.of(config)

So a ConfigurationChange describes all the changes detected on a Configuration. This allows you to publish instances of this class as events to all registered listeners (observer pattern). For listening to ConfigurationChange events you must implement the ConfigEventListener functional interface:

Implementing a ConfigChangeListener
public final class MyConfigChangeListener implements ConfigEventListener<ConfigurationChange>{

  private Configuration config = ConfigurationProvider.getConfiguration();

  public void onConfigEvent(ConfigEvent<?> event){
           // do something


You can register your implementation as illustrated below:

  1. Manually by calling ConfigEventManager.addListener(new MyConfigChangeListener())

  2. Automatically by registering your listener using the ServiceLoader under META-INF/services/org.apache.tamaya.events.ConfigEventListener

Registering programmatically also allows you to define additional constraint, to filter out all kind of events you are not interested in.

By default detection of configuration changes is not enabled. To enable it, call ConfigEventManager.enableChangeMonitoring(true).

PropertySource Changes

Beside that a whole Configuration changes, also a PropertySource can change, e.g. by a configuration file edited on the fly. This is similarly to a ConfigurationChange reflected by the classes PropertySourceChange, PropertySourceChangeBuilder.

Monitoring of configuration changes

The ConfigEventManager supports active monitoring of the current configuration to trigger corresponding change events to listeners registered. This feature is deactivated by default, but can be enabled by calling ConfigEventManager.enableChangeMonitoring(true);. This feature avoids regularly polling your local Configuration for any kind of changes. If a change has been encountered Tamaya identifies it and triggers corresponding ConfigurationChange events automatically.

Freezing Configurations and PropertySources

Configuration instances as well as PropertySources are explicitly not required to be serializable. To enable easy serialization of these types a Configuration's current state can be frozen (e.g. for later comparison with a newly loaded version). Freezing hereby means

  • all key/values are read-out by calling the getProperties() method.

  • a meta data entry is added of the form _frozenAt=223273777652325677, whichdefines the UTC timestamp in milliseconds when this instance was frozen.

  • if not already defined an _id property will be added to the Configuration containing the identifier of the configuration.

In code freezing is a no-brainer:

Freezing the current Configuration
Configuration config = Configuration.current();
Configuration frozenConfig = FrozenConfiguration.of(config);
  1. and similarly for a PropertySource:

Freezing the current Configuration
PropertySource propertySource = ...;
PropertySource frozenSource = FrozenPropertySource.of(propertySource);


This component also defines SPIs, which allows to adapt the implementation of the main ConfigEventManager singleton. This enables, for example, using external eventing systems, such as CDI, instead of the default provided simple SE based implementation. By default implementations must be registered using the current ServiceContext active (by default using the Java ServiceLoader mechanism).

SPI: ConfigEventSpi
public interface ConfigEventManagerSpi {

        <T> void addListener(ConfigEventListener l);
        <T extends ConfigEvent> void addListener(ConfigEventListener l, Class<T> eventType);
        void removeListener(ConfigEventListener l);
        <T extends ConfigEvent> void removeListener(ConfigEventListener l, Class<T> eventType);
        Collection<? extends ConfigEventListener> getListeners();
        Collection<? extends ConfigEventListener> getListeners(Class<? extends ConfigEvent> eventType);

        void fireEvent(ConfigEvent<?> event);
        void fireEventAsynch(ConfigEvent<?> event);

        long getChangeMonitoringPeriod();
        void setChangeMonitoringPeriod(long millis);
        boolean isChangeMonitorActive();
        void enableChangeMonitor(boolean enable);