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Unlike consumers which are defined declaratively with an annotation, producers are defined imperatively (that's KafkaTemplate), and there is no implementation uniform enough so that metadata can be picked up automatically.

Because producers are also an important part of AsyncAPI, Springwolf provides a way to explicitly add them to the generated document using the @AsyncPublisher annotation.


The @AsyncPublisher annotation is added to the method of the publisher and extracts the payload from its arguments. Additional fields can be documented.

On the same method, the protocol binding is defined. More details can be found in the bindings section.

Below is an example to demonstrate the annotation:

@AsyncPublisher(operation = @AsyncOperation(
channelName = "example-producer-topic",
description = "Customer uploaded an example payload", // Optional
servers = {"kafka-server"} // Optional
public void sendMessage(ExamplePayloadDto msg) {
// process

Springwolf only finds methods that are within the base-package.

Channel Name

The channel name (or topic name in case of Kafka) - this is the name that will be used to publish messages to by the UI.


Optional. The description allows for human-friendly text to verbosely explain the message, like specific domain, what the topic is used for and which data it contains.


Optional. Useful when an application is connect to multiple brokers and wants to indicate to which broker the channel belongs to. The server name needs to exist in configuration > Servers as well.