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Reactive DDD with Akka

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Reactive DDD with Akka

Paweł Kaczor
January 3, 2018
akka akka-persistence cluster-sharding cluster cqrs event-sourced scala

Sample e-commerce application built on top of Akka and EventStore following CQRS/DDDD principles.

How to get "Reactive DDD with Akka" on your computer

There are several ways to get this template.

Option 1: Choose ddd-leaven-akka in the Lightbend Activator UI.

Already have Lightbend Activator (get it here)? Launch the UI then search for ddd-leaven-akka in the list of templates.

Option 2: Download the ddd-leaven-akka project as a zip archive

If you haven't installed Activator, you can get the code by downloading the template bundle for ddd-leaven-akka.

  1. Download the Template Bundle for "Reactive DDD with Akka"
  2. Extract the downloaded zip file to your system
  3. The bundle includes a small bootstrap script that can start Activator. To start Lightbend Activator's UI:

    In your File Explorer, navigate into the directory that the template was extracted to, right-click on the file named "activator.bat", then select "Open", and if prompted with a warning, click to continue:

    Or from a command line:

     C:\Users\typesafe\ddd-leaven-akka> activator ui 
    This will start Lightbend Activator and open this template in your browser.

Option 3: Create a ddd-leaven-akka project from the command line

If you have Lightbend Activator, use its command line mode to create a new project from this template. Type activator new PROJECTNAME ddd-leaven-akka on the command line.

Option 4: View the template source

The creator of this template maintains it at

Option 5: Preview the tutorial below

We've included the text of this template's tutorial below, but it may work better if you view it inside Activator on your computer. Activator tutorials are often designed to be interactive.

Preview the tutorial


Reactive DDD with Akka


This sample e-commerce system has unique set of properties. It is:

  • responsive, resilient, elastic,
  • incorporates a SOA, EDA, and Microservice architecture,
  • incorporates CQRS/DDDD architectural patterns,
  • supporting long-running business processes (eg. payment deadlines), and
  • developer-friendly (implemented in Scala, ~1500 lines of code).

All these capabilities are obviously supported by the underlying technology stack, which includes:

  • Akka - actor-based, reactive middleware implemented in Scala,

  • Akka HTTP - HTTP server build upon Akka Stream (Akka's implementation of Reactive Streams Specification),

  • Akka Persistence - infrastructure for building durable (event sourced) actors, which has a pluggable journal,

  • Event Store - scalable, highly available event store with akka-persistence journal implementation. Provides engine for running user-defined projections (javascript functions) over single or multiple event streams. Projections allow the system to group or combine events into new event streams that can represent domain-level journals such as office journals (events grouped by emitter (Aggregate Root) class) or business process journals (events related to concrete business process). Domain journals are topic of interest for services such as:

    • view updaters - responsible for updating the read side of the system
    • receptors - allow event-driven interaction between subsystems (event choreography), including long-running processes (sagas), and
  • Both view uppdaters and receptors are operating within non-blocking back-pressured event processing pipeline

  • Akka-DDD - framework containing glue-code and all building blocks


The system currently consists of the following subsystems:

  • Sales/Reservation - responsible for creating and confirming Reservations
  • Invoicing - responsible for the invoicing
  • Shipping - responsible for the goods delivery
  • Headquarters - executes the Ordering Process (see below)

Ordering Process


Each subsystem is divided into write and read side, each side containing back-end and front-end application:


Backend cluster node hosting Aggregate Roots, Receptors and Process Managers (Sagas).


HTTP server forwarding commands to backend cluster.


View update service that consumes events from event store and updates view store (PostgreSQL database).


HTTP server providing rest endpoint for accessing view store.