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Visualize OSGi Service Graphs with Composum

Here’s a neat trick for AEM developers and architects: you can create a diagram representation of the service dependencies using Composum. For those not familiar, Composum is an Open-Source project based on Apache Sling.

To create a service dependency diagram, you will need to install two additional dependencies:

Once you install the dependencies, you can access the Composum Service Graph web console at /system/console/servicegraph.

Screenshot of the Service Graph Web Console


Using the Service Graph Web Console


The Service Graph Web Console has a couple fields, the most important being the Classnames Regex. You can put any regular expression to filter what classes should be including:

  • ^com.composum
  • ^

Every OSGi Service matching the regular expression will be included in the graph. Note that having too broad of a regular expression, such as ^com.adobe or ^org will cause the graph to fail to render, so make sure to narrow down as much as possible.

Downloading as an Image


Currently, the Service Graph is only available as an SVG, not a downloadable image, but using the following JavaScript snippet you can download the Service Graph:

I’ve also created an issue with the Composum team to include this in their next release.


2 responses to “Visualize OSGi Service Graphs with Composum”

  1. Nick says:

    Is there a specific version of AEM this works with? I tried it out on a vanilla 6.3.1 install and the Composum commons package won’t start – bunch of unresolved dependencies.

  2. Dan Klco says:

    Good question Nick. I hadn’t checked it with older versions, just 6.4 and 6.5.

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