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Welcome to Apache Curator

What is Curator?

Curator n ˈkyoor͝ˌātər: a keeper or custodian of a museum or other collection - A ZooKeeper Keeper.

Apache Curator is a Java/JVM client library for Apache ZooKeeper, a distributed coordination service. It includes a highlevel API framework and utilities to make using Apache ZooKeeper much easier and more reliable. It also includes recipes for common use cases and extensions such as service discovery and a Java 8 asynchronous DSL.


Download Apache Curator from the release page.

Important Compatibility Updates

Note: version 5.0 of Curator has a few breaking changes. Please read the details here:

Curator 5.0 Breaking Changes.

Getting Started

See the page for quick start: Getting Started.

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Maven / Artifacts

Curator binaries are published to Maven Central. Curator consists of several artifacts. Which artifacts to use depends on your needs. For most users, the only artifact you need is curator-recipes.

For OSGi users, there's another set of artifacts of classifier osgi available in Maven Central. These artifacts are not shaded, thus no package relocation is performed inside, so hopefully they could start as bundles when their dependencies are fulfilled by dedicated bundles, e.g. guava.

GroupID/Org ArtifactID/Name Description
org.apache.curator curator-recipes All of the recipes. Note: this artifact has dependencies on client and framework and, so, Maven (or whatever tool you're using) should pull those in automatically.
org.apache.curator curator-async Asynchronous DSL with O/R modeling, migrations and many other features.
org.apache.curator curator-framework The Curator Framework high level API. This is built on top of the client and should pull it in automatically.
org.apache.curator curator-client The Curator Client - replacement for the ZooKeeper class in the ZK distribution.
org.apache.curator curator-test Contains the TestingServer, the TestingCluster and a few other tools useful for testing.
org.apache.curator curator-examples Example usages of various Curator features.
org.apache.curator curator-x-discovery A Service Discovery implementation built on the Curator Framework.
org.apache.curator curator-x-discovery-server A RESTful server that can be used with Curator Discovery.