Configuring Connection Strategies

DevKit is compatible only with Studio 6 and Mule 3. To build Mule 4 connectors, see the Mule SDK documentation.

Connections are no longer supported at the @Connector level (excluding OAuth V1) starting with DevKit 3.6. Connections are now defined in a "configuration" class and injected into the @Connector.

Inject this configuration class into the connector by annotating a field in the Connector class with @Config.

This approach improves the experience for developing a connector and is the easiest way to support multiple authentication types.

Note: OAuth V1 is not supported via injection by @Config.


This document assumes you are familiar with the Anypoint Connector DevKit and you are ready to implement authentication on your connector. You should also be familiar with authentication methods.

Adding @Config to a @Connector

To add a configuration class and inject it into the connector:

  1. Create a new Java class for the connection strategy. This is your configuration class.

  2. Annotate the class with the one of the DevKit authentication methods. In the example we are using @ConnectionManagement.

  3. Develop your authentication logic or connection management.

  4. Finally, in the @Connector annotated class, reference the connection strategy class by creating a @Config field with the reference to the new strategy. The connector operation logic is defined separately from logic for connection with the service.


The following example shows the @Connector injecting the configuration with @Config.

@Connector(name="myconnector", schemaVersion="1.0", friendlyName="Connector")
public class MyConnector
    private Config config;

    public void setMyProperty(Config config)
        this.strategy = strategy;

    public Config getConfig()
        return this.config;

This code declares the @ConnectionManagement block in the configuration file that was injected above:

@ConnectionManagement(friendlyName="Connection Management", configElementName="demo-config")
public class ConnectionManagementStrategy
   Private Service service;
   public void connect(@ConnectionKey String username, @Password String password)
       throws ConnectionException {
         service = new Service(username);
       throw new ConnectionException(...);

   public void disconnect() {

   public boolean isConnected() {
       return service.connectionStatus();

   public String connectionId() {
       return service.getConnectionId();

Supporting Multiple Authentication Models in One Connector

Anypoint Connector DevKit supports multiple authentication models in the same connector. The LDAP connector illustrates how to structure the connector code to support this feature.

The connector injects the base configuration type that the configurations are inherited from, AbstractConfig.

  1. AbstractConfig.java is declared in one file.

    public abstract class AbstractConfig
    { ... }
  2. Its child classes are declared in separate files. These strategies are for caching and TLS respectively.

    @ConnectionManagement(friendlyName = "Configuration", configElementName = "config")
    public class LDAPCacheConfig extends AbstractConfig { ... }
    @ConnectionManagement(friendlyName = "TLS Configuration", configElementName = "tls-config")
    public class LDAPTlsConfig extends AbstractConfig
    { ... }
  3. In the LDAPConnector.java class, the abstract configuration is injected

    public class LDAPConnector
    { ... @Config AbstractConfig config; ... }

Users can declare an abstract base class or interface using different Connection Strategies as child classes and implement the authentication logic and connection management, if applicable.

Supporting both OAuth and Basic Authentication in the same connector means having two config elements in the same XML namespace. To enable this, you can use the parameter configElementName of the Connection Strategies annotations.

For example, in the LDAP connector, the LDAPTlsConnection class sets the configElementName to tls-config , rather than the default value, config, on the other hand the LDAPCacheConnection uses the default value for configElementName. As a result, in XML, use either ldap:tls-config or ldap:config to pick the needed version of the connector. Anypoint Studio renders this when configuring the connector displaying this screen:


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