WS-Addressing via XML Configuration/Java API

CXF provides support for the 2004-08 and 1.0 versions of WS-Addressing.

To enable WS-Addressing you may enable the WSAddressingFeature on your service. If you wish to use XML to configure this, you may use the following syntax:

<jaxws:endpoint id="{your.service.namespace}YourPortName">
    <wsa:addressing xmlns:wsa=""/>

You can also use the same exact syntax with a <jaxws:client>

<jaxws: client id="{your.service.namespace}YourPortName">
    <wsa:addressing xmlns:wsa=""/>

From an API point of view this looks very similar:

import org.apache.cxf.jaxws.EndpointImpl;

MyServiceImpl implementor =  new MyServiceImpl()
EndpointImpl ep = (EndpointImpl) Endpoint.create(implementor);
ep.getFeatures().add(new WSAddressingFeature());

You can also use it with the ClientProxyFactoryBeans and ServerFactoryBeans (and their JAX-WS versions, namely JaxWsProxyFactoryBean and JaxWsServerFactoryBean):

import org.apache.cxf.frontend.simple.ClientProxyFactoryBean;

ClientProxyFactoryBean factory = new ClientProxyFactoryBean();
factory.getFeatures().add(new WSAddressingFeature());
MyService client = (MyService) factory.create();

Enabling WS-Addressing with WS-Policy

If you're using WS-Policy, CXF can automatically set up WS-Addressing for you if you use the <Addressing> policy expression.

Decoupled responses

By default, WS-Addressing using anonymous Reply-To addresses. This means the request/response patterns are synchronous in nature and the response is sent back via the normal reply channel. However, WS-Addressing allows for a decoupled endpoint to be used for receiving the response and CXF will then correlate it with the appropriate request. There are a few ways for configuring the address on which CXF will listen for decoupled WS-Addressing responses.

HTTP Conduit configuration

The HTTP Conduit's client configuration has an option for a DecoupledEndpoint address. If the conduit has this configured, all requests sent via that conduit that have WS-Addressing enabled will have their responses sent to that endpoint:

    <http:conduit name="{}SoapPort.http-conduit">
      <http:client DecoupledEndpoint="http://localhost:9090/decoupled_endpoint"/>

Request Property

The address can be set via a Request Context property.

    .put("", "http://localhost:9090/decoupled_endpoint");


The CXF object can be used to control many aspects of WS-Addressing including the Reply-To:

        AddressingProperties maps = new AddressingPropertiesImpl();
        EndpointReferenceType ref = new EndpointReferenceType();
        AttributedURIType add = new AttributedURIType();

            .put("", maps);

This method can also be used to configure the namespace/version of the WS-Addressing headers, exact message ID's, etc...