Job Execution with Managed Resources

For supported environments, Camunda BPM provides server modules that integrate the Job Execution with the application server’s managed threadpools. If you are using one of those environments, it is recommended to use the integration provided with it.

The descriptions on this page apply to the use case where there is no existing resource-aware implementation provided. In those cases, using managed resources provided by the application server is recommended over using unmanaged resources. In order for the integration to work, a JEE 7+ compliant application server is required.


Integration into application servers without a resource-aware implementation is offered by a specific type of JobExecutor called the ManagedJobExecutor. The purpose of the ManagedJobExecutor is to ensure that job execution within the process engine is correctly controlled by the application server, by using managed resources (primarily: managed threads).

In order to facilitate the ManagedJobExecutor, the engine must be configured to use it. For instance, when bootstrapping the engine from Java code, you would create a new instance of the ManagedJobExecutor and provide the resource dependency it has by injecting it from your application server’s environment. The ManagedJobExecutor can then be set as the JobExecutor that the process engine should use.

Example usage

The following code listing shows the essential configuration performed.

public class EngineBuilder {

  // Inject the ManagedExecutorService from the application server
  private ManagedExecutorService managedExecutorService;
  private ProcessEngine processEngine;
  private ManagedJobExecutor managedJobExecutor;

  public void build() {
  	// Create a new ManagedJobExecutor
  	managedJobExecutor = new ManagedJobExecutor(this.managedExecutorService);

  	// Create a process engine configuration 
    ProcessEngineConfigurationImpl engineConfiguration = ...

    // Other configuration

    // Use the ManagedJobExecutor
    // Build the process engine
    processEngine = engineConfiguration.buildProcessEngine();
  public void stopEngine() {
    // Ensure the engine and job executor are shutdown as well

Unmanaged resources

The example above injects a container managed resource, the ManagedExecutorService, into an object for which the lifecycle is not controlled by the application server (the ManagedJobExecutor which is instantiated with its constructor). This is not a generally recommended practice, because the dependencies that are injected may become unavailable.

In this use case however, this approach is chosen because the ManagedJobExecutor relies on the existence of the ManagedExecutorService and this interface was only introduced with JEE7. Earlier versions of JEE could not fulfill this dependency and would fault if the component was activated automatically for all application servers.

In order to avoid that the job executor is running on unavailable resources, we recommend to shutdown the job executor via its shutdown() method when the ManagedExecutorService becomes unavailable.

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