Apache Aries

The Aries project consists of a set of pluggable Java components enabling an enterprise OSGi application programming model. This includes implementations (and extensions) of the following Enterprise OSGi specifications:

The specifications are defined in the OSGi Alliance Enterprise Expert Group (EEG) for deployment to a variety of OSGi based runtimes. The OSGi R7 Enterprise Specification can be found here:

Additional projects

Additionally, Apache Aries provides the following projects:

Component DSL

an embedable, micro, functional-style component DSL for working with OSGi services and configuration

Container Management

API and implementations of the Apache Aries Container Management subcomponent


a library for working with object proxies in OSGi


a library containing reusable bits of functionality in OSGi

To understand the complete scope of the Aries project, see the Aries proposal document on the incubator wiki.

To understand how to use Aries Blueprint components, take a look at the BlueprintHelloWorldTutorial pages which guides you through how to build the Aries code, provides sample applications and describes how to set up an environment in which to run the consuming application.