Introducing the Spring Cloud CLI Launcher

Engineering | Spencer Gibb | November 02, 2016 | ...

Getting started with Spring Cloud can be daunting. If you have seen the great Josh Long give his Cloud Native Java presentation, you will notice that you need to create several supporting applications before you can see your application at work.

Spring Cloud CLI Launcher

As part of the transition from Spring XD to Spring Cloud Dataflow, one of the extracted projects is called the Spring Cloud Deployer. The Deployer allows for launching applications on various platforms, including launching on a developer machine.

We wanted to simplify users' ability to experiment with Spring Cloud, so the spring cloud command was born.

The spring cloud command automatically runs some of the supporting servers required to run applications in a Spring Cloud environment such as Config Server and Eureka.

spring cloud logs

Install Spring Boot CLI

The first step is to install the Spring Boot CLI (the spring command). The required minimum version is 1.4.1.RELEASE. I prefer the SDKMAN method myself.

$ sdk install springboot
$ spring --version
Spring Boot v1.4.1.RELEASE

Install Spring Cloud CLI

Next you need to install the Spring Cloud Launcher CLI (the spring cloud command) via the Spring Boot CLI.

$ spring install

Default Servers

If you run spring cloud without any arguments, Config Server and Eureka are launched. Config Server starts before other services so that it will available so those other services can pull their configuration.

Available Servers to Launch

The following servers are available to launch:

$ spring cloud --list
configserver dataflow eureka h2 hystrixdashboard kafka zipkin

To run a specific set of servers, simply list them as arguments:

$ spring cloud configserver eureka hystrixdashboard

The previous command runs Config Server, Eureka and the Hystrix Dashboard.


$ spring help cloud
spring cloud - Start Spring Cloud services, like Eureka, Config Server, etc.

Option         Description
------         -----------
-d, --debug    Debug logging for the deployer
-l, --list     List the deployables (don't launch
-v, --version  Show the version (don't launch


    Launch Eureka:
        $ spring cloud eureka

    Launch Config Server and Eureka:
        $ spring cloud configserver eureka

    List deployable apps:
        $ spring cloud --list

    Show version:
        $ spring cloud --version

Configuring Processes

Each process can be configured using normal Spring Boot external configuration files with a special name and location. The name of the file is based off of the name of the process (again see spring cloud --list for the full list). Config Server, for example could be configured in a file named configserver.yml or The search path for the configuration files is the current directory (.), ./config and $HOME/.spring-cloud/.

By default, the configserver process uses the native profile and configuration in its JAR. As an example, let's configure Config Server globally to load properties from a GitHub repository. The contents of $HOME/.spring-cloud/configserver.yml could be:

    active: git

Process Information

Process Port URL
configserver 8888 /info
eureka 8761 N/A
hystrixdashboard 7979 /hystrix
dataflow 9393 /dashboard
kafka 9092 N/A
zipkin 9411 N/A
h2 9095 /

The URL column is what gets registered with Eureka (if running). This allows you to click on the instance links in the Eureka dashboard.

Eureka Dashboard

If a process registers with Eureka, it will use the value in the Process column as

The kafka process also starts ZooKeeper on port 2181. Kafka is used for the Spring Cloud Bus.

The h2 database is available on port 9096 with the following JDBC URL: jdbc:h2:tcp://localhost:9096/./target/test. The H2 URL can be customized via the spring.datasource.url property.


Please check out the project on GitHub. The team would appreciate issues and enhancement requests from the community.

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