OSGi Concepts

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Explaining OSGi technology to those unfamiliar with it is remarkably difficult.


The OSGi technology is a set of specifications that define a dynamic component system for Java.[1]

A software component is a unit of composition that can be developed independently with contractually specified interfaces and explicit context dependencies.[2]

OSGi enables the development of applications from components that could be

  • reusable
  • dynamically composed
  • hide their implementation
  • communicate their dependencies