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To list the installed bundles use the command bundle:list. This will list the installed bundles from a given start level, default 100. To list all bundles starting from a specific level you have to add the level to the command.

bundle:list -t <level>


During development it is very inconvenient to manually reload the new bundle version to test the last change. Karaf supports to automatically reload watched bundles. There are some requirements for this to work. The bundles must be SNAPSHOT versions and the bundles must be installed via the install command with the version passed to the command.


To watch the bundle add it to the watch list either by specifying the group/artifact/version string or just by specifying the bundle id in the system.

bundle:watch 189

The check interval can be specified with the i option (in ms).

bundle:watch -i 500

Don't forget to start the watch by

bundle:watch --start


To list all exported packages use the command package:exports.

The output of a command can be piped to another command, f. e. a shell command. Example, list all servlet exports: package:exports | grep servlet.


Commands can be grouped by a common name. All bundle related commands are available in the group bundle. By default you can access a command by prefixing the group, f. e. bundle:list.

But you can also go into that group and have only the commands of this group available. That is called a subshell. You have only a subset of the normal shell available.

To enter a subshell type the group name and press enter. To exit the subshell use the command exit.

Link Apache Karaf User Guide - Console


List deployed servlets:



To add a repository use the feature:repo-add command.

Add CXF Maven Repository

feature:repo-add mvn:org.apache.cxf.karaf/apache-cxf/2.5.0/xml/features

Install CXF for JAX-RS from Repository

feature:install cxf-jaxrs
apache_karaf.1397630263.txt.gz · Last modified: 2014/04/16 06:37 by mihael