Circuit Breaker Pattern using Resilience4J - Decorators

Circuit Breaker Pattern using Resilience4J - Decorators

Learn about Resilience4j with simpler examples for retry and circuit breaker design pattern


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This post is in continuation of my previous post on this blog. In the previous post I discussed on what is circuit breaker, and how we can implement that using Resilience4j annotations.

In this post I will be discussing on implementing the same use case with Resilience4j, but this time using Decorators.

In case you are coming to this post directly, I will urge you to read through my previous post first on Resilience4j.

๐ŸŽฏ Recap of the use case from previous post

The caller method will make call to another method which will throw RuntimeException. Our circuit breaker implementation will keep an eye on this method throwing exception, and in case there is any exception it will provide a fallback route which will get executed when there is an exception.

This is a very simple use case. But it gives you an idea how to bind the circuit breaker implementation to guard your methods and provide a fallback route.

All this will be done in this post using decorators offered by Resilience4j. Remember that we need to have minimum Java version 8. This is because Resilience4j decorators are built on top of Java 8 functional interfaces.

๐ŸŽฏ Integrate Resilience4j in Spring Boot Project

We will be adding below dependencies in pom.xml. Notice that we are not adding Spring AOP dependency here like we had to include when we were implementing using annotations.

<!-- Below dependency gives Retry support in Resilience4j -->

<!-- Below dependency gives CircuitBreaker support in Resilience4j -->

<!-- Below dependency provides core circuit breaker support in Resilience4j -->

<!-- Below dependency provides decorator support/functional interface in Resilience4j for Java 8 and above -->

๐ŸŽฏ Implementation using Decorators

Resilience4j make use of Java 8 functional interfaces for its decorators. The below method is explicitly throwing RuntimeException.

 * We have configured Retry and CircuitBreaker on this method.
 * Idea is to try 'Retry' first for the configured number of times. If even after retrying this for the
 * configured number of times we continue to get exception, then CircuitBreaker will come into action.
public void runService() {
    Decorators.ofSupplier(() -> {
      "Printing from ResilientService.runService() for Decorator Implementation");
                if (true) {
                    throw new RuntimeException("Some RuntimeException occurred!");
                return null;
                    e -> {
                        return null;

In the method above, we have plugged in four independent components. Let's see one by one each one of them.

  1. Actual logic which the method is supposed to do. This is the code instruction which can throw exception, and hamper the flow in our application. This code instruction has been supplied in Decorators.ofSupplier(). Circuit Breaker will trip when exception is thrown from here.
  2. Retry component. This is the component which has retry related configuration within it using which retry will be performed. This is supplied using .withRetry().
  3. CircuitBreaker component. This is the component which has circuit breaking logic instruction within it using resilience4j configuration. This is supplied using .withCircuitBreaker().
  4. Fallback component. This is the component which will be executed as part of fallback, when there is an exception of the provided type. In the example, I have plugged in fallbackService() method which will be executed when there is a RuntimeException raised. This is supplied within .withFallback().

Now, let's see how I am preparing Retry and CircuitBreaker components.

๐ŸŽฏ Preparing the Retry component for Resilience4j decorator

public Retry resilientServiceRetry(
        @Value("${}") String retryName,
        @Value("${resilience4j.retry.retryService.maxRetryAttempts}") Integer maxAttempts,
        @Value("${resilience4j.retry.retryService.waitDuration}") Integer waitDurationSeconds
) {
    final RetryConfig config = RetryConfig.custom()
    final RetryRegistry registry = RetryRegistry.of(config);
    Retry retry = registry.retry(retryName, config);
    return retry;

Configuration key value pairs are present in file. I am injecting them in the method and then preparing the Retry object.

maxAttempts define the number of times retry operation will be performed.

In retryExceptions I have provided the exception class on which retry and circuit breaker will action. This method takes in @Nullable Class<? extends Throwable>... errorClasses.

waitDuration is used to specify the wait duration after which each retry will be performed.

Preparing the CircuitBreaker component for Resilience4j decorator

public CircuitBreaker resilientServiceCircuitBreaker(
        @Value("${}") String circuitBreakerName,
        @Value("${resilience4j.circuitbreaker.retryServiceCircuitBreaker.waitDurationInOpenState}") Integer waitDurationSeconds,
        @Value("${resilience4j.circuitbreaker.retryServiceCircuitBreaker.slidingWindowSize}") Integer slidingWindowSize,
        @Value("${resilience4j.circuitbreaker.retryServiceCircuitBreaker.failureRateThreshold}") Float failureRateThreshold,
        @Value("${resilience4j.circuitbreaker.retryServiceCircuitBreaker.permittedNumberOfCallsInHalfOpenState}") Integer permittedNumberOfCallsInHalfOpenState
) {
    final CircuitBreakerConfig config = CircuitBreakerConfig
    final CircuitBreakerRegistry registry = CircuitBreakerRegistry.of(config);
    final CircuitBreaker circuitBreaker = registry.circuitBreaker(circuitBreakerName);
    return circuitBreaker;

For creating circuit breaker component I am again fetching the configuration key values from application properties file and injecting them in the method. These values are used to create the CircuitBreakerRegistry object, from which we get the CircuitBreaker component.

๐ŸŽฏ Configuration properties

Configuration key value pairs are same as what we used while implementing using resilience4j annotations.

#Resilience4j Retry specific configuration goes below

#Resilience4j CircuitBreaker specific configuration goes below

๐ŸŽฏ Conclusion

In this post, I used resilience4j implementation using decorators. I hope this was helpful for you.

All the code changes that I shown in this post are present in my GitHub repository.

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