Apache MINA

Apache MINA (Multipurpose Infrastructure for Network Applications)[1] is an open source Java network application framework. MINA can be used to create scalable, high performance network applications. MINA provides unified APIs for various transports like TCP, UDP, serial communication. It also makes it easy to make an implementation of custom transport type. MINA provides both high-level and low-level network APIs.

Apache MINA
Developer(s)Apache Software Foundation
Stable release
2.1.3 / June 2, 2019 (2019-06-02)
Written inJava
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeEnterprise Integration Patterns Message Oriented Middleware
LicenseApache License 2.0

A user application interacts with MINA APIs, shielding the user application from low level I/O details. MINA internally uses I/O APIs to perform the actual I/O functions. This makes it easy for the users to concentrate on the application logic and leave the I/O handling to Apache MINA.[2]


  • Unified APIs for various transports (TCP/UDP etc.)[3]
  • Provides high/low level APIs
  • Customizable Thread Model
  • Easy Unit Testing using Mock Objects
  • Integration with DI frameworks like Spring, Google Guice, picocontainer
  • JMX Manageability


Graphical tools such as Eclipse IDE, IntelliJ IDEA can be used.


See also


  1. https://mina.apache.org/mina-project/faq.html#what-does-mina-mean
  2. "Apache MINA - FAQ". Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  3. "Apache MINA features". Retrieved 2016-03-08.

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