Version 2.0.0 of Eclipse Ditto, released on 06.05.2021
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This is Ditto’s second major release.

This release is completely IP (intellectual property) checked by the Eclipse Foundation meaning that project code as well as all used dependencies were “[…] reviewed to ensure that the copyrights expressed are correct, licensing is valid and compatible, and that other issues have been uncovered and properly investigated.”


Eclipse Ditto 2.0.0 focuses on the following areas:

  • Merge/PATCH updates of digital twins
  • Configurable OpenID Connect / OAuth2.0 claim extraction to be used for authorization
  • Establishing connections to endpoints (via AMQP, MQTT, HTTP) utilizing a Ditto managed SSH tunnel
  • Addition of a DevOps API in order to retrieve all known connections
  • Expiring policy subjects + publishing of announcement message prior to expiry
  • Addition of policy actions in order to inject a policy subject based on a provided JWT
  • Built-in acknowledgement for search updates to have the option of twin updates with strong consistency of the search index
  • Restoring active connections faster after a hard restart of the Ditto cluster via automatic prioritization of connections
  • Support for LastWill/Testament + retain flag for MQTT connections
  • Provide JWT tokens to Websocket endpoint with browser APIs

The step to a major version was done because of the following breaking API changes:

  • Removal of “API version 1” (deprecated in Ditto 1.1.0) from Ditto’s Java APIs + HTTP API
  • Removal of code in Java APIs marked as @Deprecated
  • Binary incompatible changes to Java APIs
  • Restructuring of Ditto’s Maven modules in order to simplify/ease further development

The following non-functional enhancements are also included:

  • Improvement of stability during rolling updates
  • Addition of sharding concept for Ditto internal pub/sub enabling connection of e.g. tens of thousands websocket sessions
  • Background cleanup improvements in order to have less impact on DB roundtrip times
  • Update of third party libraries (e.g. Akka)
  • Documentation of deployment via K3S


Removal of API version 1 (ACL based authorization)

The Policy based authorization is already available and stable since Ditto 1.0.0. This policy based authorization is more flexible and more powerful than the deprecated ACL based authorization.
Having this well established replacement, the ACL based authorization and with that API version 1 (in which a thing contained an acl entry), is removed from Ditto 2.0.0.

All documentation of the ACL based approach was deleted, but is still available by accessing version picker in Ditto’s documentation, selecting a 1.x Ditto version.

The HTTP API /api/1 and /ws/1 (for the WebSocket) was also removed, using these endpoints will fail with Ditto 2.0.0.

Things which still contain an acl entry (instead of a policyId) can no longer be used in Ditto 2.0.0. If you need to migrate “things” from API 1 to API version 2, please have a look at the
migration notes.

Removal of deprecated code + binary incompatible changes to Java APIs

In order to not break binary compatibility in Ditto 1.x, existing APIs were marked as @Deprecated with a comment pointing to an alternative implementation to use instead. Now, these deprecated APIs are removed from Ditto’s codebase.

Some changes to the codebase which could not be done in Ditto 1.x without breaking binary compatibility were also done.

Removed content-type header mapping for connection targets

Removed the default header mapping of content-type for new connection targets. The header mapping led to irritating results, when payload mapping and header mapping disagreed on the actual content-type. Existing connections will still keep the “old” default and map the content-type header.

If you need to keep the old behavior, please have a look at the migration notes.

OpenID Connect configuration change

For supporting Configurable OpenID Connect / OAuth2.0 claim extraction, the configuration format was changed, please have a look at the
migration notes.

Removal of header x-ditto-dummy-auth

The HTTP header / query param x-ditto-dummy-auth which was already an alias for the pre-authentication provider header x-ditto-pre-authenticated has been removed from Ditto 2.0.
Please use the header x-ditto-pre-authenticated instead.

Removed default source header mapping for MQTT connections

The default source header mapping of MQTT connections was removed. The headers mqtt.topic, mqtt.qos and mqtt.retain now must explicitly be added to the source header mapping if they are required for further processing.

Restructuring of Ditto’s Maven modules

Ditto’s modules were adjusted to be structured in a more functional way. In Ditto 1.x the modules were structured in a more technical way.

This table shows the old modules and in which module the old ones can be found in Ditto 2.0.0:

Ditto 1.x module Ditto 2.x module
ditto-model - (was pom only)
- ditto-model-base ditto-base/ditto-base-model
- ditto-model-cleanup - (was internal API)
- ditto-model-connectivity ditto-connectivity/ditto-connectivity-model
- ditto-model-devops ditto-devops/ditto-devops-model
- ditto-model-enforcers ditto-policies/ditto-policies-model
- ditto-model-jwt ditto-jwt/ditto-jwt-model
- ditto-model-messages ditto-messages/ditto-messages-model
- ditto-model-namespaces ditto-base/ditto-base-model
- ditto-model-policies ditto-policies/ditto-policies-model
- ditto-model-query ditto-rql/ditto-rql-query
- ditto-model-rql ditto-rql/ditto-rql-model
- ditto-model-rql-parser ditto-rql/ditto-rql-parser
- ditto-model-things ditto-things/ditto-things-model
- ditto-model-thingsearch ditto-thingsearch/ditto-thingsearch-model
- ditto-model-thingsearch-parser ditto-rql/ditto-rql-parser
ditto-protocol-adapter ditto-protocol
ditto-signals - (was pom only)
- ditto-signals-base ditto-base/ditto-base-model
- ditto-signals-acks - (was pom only)
-- ditto-signals-acks-base ditto-base/ditto-base-model
-- ditto-signals-acks-things ditto-things/ditto-things-model
- ditto-signals-announcements - (was pom only)
-- ditto-signals-announcements-base ditto-base/ditto-base-model
-- ditto-signals-announcements-policies ditto-policies/ditto-policies-model
- ditto-signals-commands - (was pom only)
-- ditto-signals-commands-base ditto-base/ditto-base-model
-- ditto-signals-commands-cleanup - (was internal API)
-- ditto-signals-commands-common - (was internal API)
-- ditto-signals-commands-connectivity ditto-connectivity/ditto-connectivity-model
-- ditto-signals-commands-devops - (was internal API and is merged into ditto-base/ditto-base-api)
-- ditto-signals-commands-messages ditto-messages/ditto-messages-model
-- ditto-signals-commands-namespaces ditto-base/ditto-base-model
-- ditto-signals-commands-policies ditto-policies/ditto-policies-model
-- ditto-signals-commands-things ditto-things/ditto-things-model
-- ditto-signals-commands-thingsearch ditto-thingsearch/ditto-thingsearch-model
- ditto-signals-events - (was pom only)
-- ditto-signals-events-base ditto-base/ditto-base-model
-- ditto-signals-events-connectivity ditto-connectivity/ditto-connectivity-model
-- ditto-signals-events-policies ditto-policies/ditto-policies-model
-- ditto-signals-events-things ditto-things/ditto-things-model
-- ditto-signals-events-thingsearch ditto-thingsearch/ditto-thingsearch-model

Restructuring of Ditto’s Java packages

When updating from Ditto 1.x Java APIs (e.g. also when using the Ditto Java client), the following packages were renamed:

Ditto 1.x package Ditto 2.x package
org.eclipse.ditto.model.base org.eclipse.ditto.base.model
org.eclipse.ditto.model.cleanup - (was internal API)
org.eclipse.ditto.model.connectivity org.eclipse.ditto.connectivity.model
org.eclipse.ditto.model.devops - (was internal API and is merged into ditto-base/ditto-base-api)
org.eclipse.ditto.model.enforcers org.eclipse.ditto.policies.model
org.eclipse.ditto.model.jwt org.eclipse.ditto.jwt.model
org.eclipse.ditto.model.messages org.eclipse.ditto.messages.model
org.eclipse.ditto.model.namespaces org.eclipse.ditto.base.model
org.eclipse.ditto.model.policies org.eclipse.ditto.policies.model
org.eclipse.ditto.model.query org.eclipse.ditto.rql.query
org.eclipse.ditto.model.rql org.eclipse.ditto.rql.model
org.eclipse.ditto.model.rqlparser org.eclipse.ditto.rql.parser
org.eclipse.ditto.model.things org.eclipse.ditto.things.model
org.eclipse.ditto.model.thingsearch org.eclipse.ditto.thingsearch.model
org.eclipse.ditto.model.thingsearchparser org.eclipse.ditto.rql.parser.thingsearch
org.eclipse.ditto.model.protocoladapter org.eclipse.ditto.protocol
org.eclipse.ditto.signals.base org.eclipse.ditto.base.model.signals
org.eclipse.ditto.signals.acks.base org.eclipse.ditto.base.model.signals.acks
org.eclipse.ditto.signals.acks.things org.eclipse.ditto.things.model.signals.acks
org.eclipse.ditto.signals.announcements.base org.eclipse.ditto.base.model.signals.announcements
org.eclipse.ditto.signals.announcements.policies org.eclipse.ditto.policies.model.signals.announcements
org.eclipse.ditto.signals.commands.base org.eclipse.ditto.base.model.signals.commands
org.eclipse.ditto.signals.commands.cleanup - (was internal API)
org.eclipse.ditto.signals.commands.common - (was internal API)
org.eclipse.ditto.signals.commands.connectivity org.eclipse.ditto.connectivity.model.signals.commands
org.eclipse.ditto.signals.commands.devops org.eclipse.ditto.devops.model.signals.commands
org.eclipse.ditto.signals.commands.messages org.eclipse.ditto.messages.model.signals.commands
org.eclipse.ditto.signals.commands.namespaces org.eclipse.ditto.base.model.signals.commands
org.eclipse.ditto.signals.commands.policies org.eclipse.ditto.policies.model.signals.commands
org.eclipse.ditto.signals.commands.things org.eclipse.ditto.things.model.signals.commands
org.eclipse.ditto.signals.commands.thingsearch org.eclipse.ditto.thingsearch.model.signals.commands

Ditto Java client

New Java client instances are instantiated differently, please have a look at the
migration notes.

In addition, all APIs which returned a CompletableFuture were adjusted to return a CompletionStage instead.

Ditto JavaScript client

Starting with Ditto 2.0.0, the releases of the Ditto JavaScript client are in sync with Ditto releases.
In oder to have a simplified usage of the JS client, the “api” module must no longer be explicitly imported, simply directly import one of the following 2 npm modules:

New features

Merge/PATCH updates of digital twins

This new feature allows updating parts of a thing without affecting existing parts. You may now for example update an attribute, add a new property to a feature and delete a property of a different feature in a single request. The new merge functionality is available via the HTTP API and the all channels using the Ditto Protocol. See Merge updates via HTTP or the Merge protocol specification for more details and examples.

Configurable OpenID Connect / OAuth2.0 claim extraction

OpenID Connect support has been extended; Previously, only the sub field from a JWT was injected as an authorization subject. This is now configurable: The Ditto Gateway config takes a list of placeholder strings that are used to construct authorization subjects.
See OpenID Connect

Establishing connections to endpoints via SSH tunnel

Add support for connecting to an external system from Ditto via an SSH tunnel.

DevOps API to retrieve all known connections

Adds a new DevOps command to list all configured, non-deleted connections.

Expiring policy subjects

In order to give access for a certain “authorized subject” only until a fixed timestamp, a Policy subject can optionally be provided with an “expiry” timestamp (being an ISO-8601 string).

Publishing of announcement message prior to policy expiry

For “expiring” policy subjects it is useful to get an announcement message prior to the actual expiry in order to be able to prolong the temporary access rights.

Addition of policy actions in order to inject a policy subject

New policy HTTP API to inject authorization subjects based on the JWT of the HTTP request.

Built-in acknowledgement for search updates / strong consistency of the search index

Ditto’s search index is only eventually consistent. Applications that rely on search to for twin interactions which need to know when a change is reflected in the search index, may request the new built-in "search-persisted" acknowledgement label.

Restoring active connection faster after a hard restart of the Ditto cluster

Prioritize very active connections over inactive connections for reconnecting:
The higher the priority, the earlier it will be reconnected on startup.

Support for “Last Will” for MQTT connections

Adds “Last Will” support for managed MQTT connections

Allow setting retain flag for MQTT connections

The retain flag of MQTT messages published via a managed connection is set according to a message header.

Provide JWT tokens to Websocket endpoint with browser APIs

Prior to Ditto 2.0 it was only possible to pass a JWT to the /ws endpoint with the Authorization header.
As this however is not possible to influence in the browser based JavaScript API of WebSocket, it was not possible to authenticate easily running a web application connecting against Ditto.

This is now possible by supplying the JWT via a query-parameter access_token.


Several bugs in Ditto 1.5.x were fixed for 2.0.0.
This is a complete list of the

Here as well for the Ditto Java Client: merged pull requests for milestone 2.0.0

“content-type” of a Ditto Protocol JSON message did not describe its “value”

The "content-type" field in Ditto Protocol headers was intended to identify the type of the "value". This was not consequently ensured which has now been fixed.

Password encoding/decoding for AMQP 1.0 connections with special characters

When passwords contained a + sign, they were wrongly decoded for AMQP 1.0 connections.

Merging “extraFields” into thing payload when using “normalization” mapper

When selecting extra via “enrichment”, the actual value of an event could be overwritten by the “extra” data. The event data now always has priority.

Migration notes

Migrate API 1 things to API 2

In order to migrate existing things from API version 1 to API version 2 (from having a acl to having a policyId) simply perform the following steps prior to updating to Ditto 2.0.0:

  • Retrieve the to-be-migrated thing via API 1 GET /api/1/things/<the-namespace>:<the-name>
  • Save the content of the "acl" field in the returned Thing JSON
  • Create a new policy based on the retrieved ACL content
    • tip: when creating the policy, use the same ID as for the thing
    • for the policy subject, use the map “keys” of the ACL JSON object, prepending the required <subject-issuer> prefix
    • choose the permissions in the resources according to your needs
  • Update the thing via API 2 PUT /api/2/things/<the-namespace>:<the-name> and set the "policyId" to the just created policy id
  • You can now only access the thing via API 2
  • After all API 1 things were migrated, you can safely update to Ditto 2.0.0

“content-type” header mapping in connection targets

Due to the removed default content-type header mapping for connection targets, it might be necessary to update the way connection targets are created in case you create connection targets without explicit headerMapping and rely on a specific content-type on the receiving side. The request to create connection targets can be updated to contain the “old” default in this case:

    "targetActorSelection": "/system/sharding/connection",
    "headers": {
        "aggregate": false
    "piggybackCommand": {
        "type": "connectivity.commands:createConnection",
            "connection": {
                "headerMapping": {
                  "content-type": "{{header:content-type}}",
                  "correlation-id": "{{header:correlation-id}}",
                  "reply-to": "{{header:reply-to}}"
                // ...
              // ...

OpenID Connect configuration for gateway

The oauth configuration section of the Gateway service has been altered to support arbitrary claims for authorization subjects. The openid-connect-issuers map now takes key-object pairs rather than key-string pairs:


oauth = {
  openid-connect-issuers = {
    someissuer = ""


oauth = {
  openid-connect-issuers = {
    someissuer = {
      issuer = ""

The auth-subjects field is optional. When not supplied, the ‘old’ behaviour (using the JWT sub field) remains.

Header mapping for MQTT connections

Prior to this release, MQTT 3.1.1 and MQTT 5 always contained 3 headers for consumed messages via connection sources (subscribed MQTT topics):

  • mqtt.topic
  • mqtt.qos
  • mqtt.retain

Those headers could be e.g. used in the JavaScript payload mapping engine in order to find out on which topic a consumed MQTT message was received.

These headers are not longer implicitly mapped, but instead have to be mapped via header mapping manually.

An example source header mapping is provided in the documentation.

Ditto Java Client instantiation

The synchronous instantiation of the Ditto Java Client has been removed from its Factory class DittoClients. To get a DittoClient instantiate a DisconnectedDittoClient via DittoClients.newInstance(messagingProvider) first and call connect() on it.
This call returns a CompletionStage which finally resolves to a connected DittoClient.


Looking forward, the current plans for Ditto 2.1.0 are: