SSH-tunnel friendly monitoring of embedded Java Runtimes using MBeans, Java Management Extensions (JMX) and Remote Method Invocation (RMI) for Python and PyLucenet.


jccjmx is a convenience helper for JCC and PyLucene to create a JMX RMI connector at runtime. The usual way to a connector with vmargs '-Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote' (or similar) works only on startup. Also this opens two ports (one for the connector and one for the RMI registry). The RMI registry port is assigned dynamically which makes firewall rules or SSH/SSL tunnels impossible.

jccjmx allows you to start a RMI and JMX connector programmatically without restarting your Python application. The platform MBean server provides live monitoring of JRE's memory usage (heap, caches), JRE's CPU usage, Java threads, attached Python threads and more. You can even profile your app (CPU profiling or memory profiling by class). The JDK is shipped with two GUI programs for monitoring: jconsole and jvisualvm. heck out the Oracle dosc for more information about jvisualvm: http://docs.oracle.com/javase/6/docs/technotes/guides/visualvm/index.html

jccjmx is based on Daniel Fuchs' examples from his blog at Sun (now Oracle). I've modified his code and ported it from a premain agent to a standalone class.


The import order is crucial! You must import and init lucene and jccjmx in the correct order. Otherwise your process will segfault.

>>> import lucene
>>> import jccjmx

Initialize the VM for both packages. The second initVM() just adds the CLASSPATH of jccjmx.

>>> lucene.initVM() # doctest: +ELLIPSIS
<jcc.JCCEnv object at 0x...>
>>> jccjmx.initVM() # doctest: +ELLIPSIS
<jcc.JCCEnv object at 0x...>

Create an agent that listens on port 12345. You should create just one instane of JccJmxAgent during the life time of your application.

>>> agent = jccjmx.JccJmxAgent(12345)

By default the agent is bound to You can specificy another hostname or IP address with jccjmx.JccJmxAgent("hostname", portnumber).

A RMI is created immediately and bound to "*:port" but no agent is listening yet. You have to activate is explicitly. This allows you to delay the agent.

>>> agent.isActive()
>>> agent.start()
>>> agent.isActive()
>>> agent.stop()
>>> agent.isActive()

In order to connect from a remote host you need to know the service URL:

>>> agent.getServiceURL()

From a remote host:

$ ssh -L12345: server $ jconsole service:jmx:rmi://


The RMI registry is always bound to all possible network devices. This shouldn't be an issue but I can't guarantee it.

jccjmx doesn't use SSL to authenticate clients and encrypt the connection. It's up to you to use an encrypted tunnel. Future versions of jccjmx may support SSL.

Trouble shooting

Connection refused

You may get a connection refused error when the RMI hostname isn't set correctly. jccjmx sets the system property unless it is already set. You can force a correct hostname with e.g.


IPv4 vs. IPv6

Java prefers IPv6 connections over IPv4 connections and usually binds to IPv6 TCP. If you are having trouble with a mixed network you can force the JRE to prefer IPv4 with



Christian Heimes Daniel Fuchs (original author of the JMX agent)