Spring Tools 4.8.1 released

Dear Spring Community,

I am happy to announce the 4.8.1 release of the Spring Tools 4 for Eclipse, Visual Studio Code, and Theia.

quick reminder

  • the Eclipse-based distribution of the Spring Tools 4 requires a JDK11 (or newer) to run on
  • the Eclipse-based distribution ships with an embedded JDK15 runtime, no need to install or configure a specific JDK to run the IDE on anymore

additional changes and fixes

  • (Spring Boot) new: Added support for Spring Boot multi-document properties files (#533)
  • (Spring Boot) fixed: Support escaping of map keys with ‘[]’ in Spring Boot property yaml files
  • (Spring Boot) fixed: Tolerate ‘.[’ for map navigation in .properties file
  • (Eclipse) improvement: support container image creation and container deployment of Spring Boot apps without maven wrapper
  • (Eclipse) improvement: better process label for live hovers from boot apps running in docker
  • (Eclipse) improvement: allow docker-deployed boot apps to find each other (via simple network setup inside of docker)
  • (Eclipse) improvement: automatically disable code hotswap when running a Spring Boot app with devtools in debug mode (to avoid conflicts between devtools and hot swap both try to update code in the running process)
  • (Eclipse) update: updated embedded JRE to JDK15, including the now
  • (Eclipse) update: re-organized Spring-related preference pages
  • (Eclipse) update: removed -Xverify:none and -noverify from the default fast startup settings for boot app launch configs
  • (Eclipse) update: default PWS endpoint URL removed from the dialog to create Cloud Foundry targets in the boot dashboard (since PWS is going away)
  • (Eclipse) fixed: errors appear in log when pausing docker containers
  • (Eclipse) fixed: do not show breakpoint warning when starting up a Spring Boot app
  • (Eclipse) fixed: added missing high-res and dark-mode-compatible icons for docker support in Spring Boot dashboard
  • (Eclipse) fixed: sometimes live hovers do not show up automatically after launching a boot app in docker
  • (Eclipse) fixed: improved stability when deploying multiple apps simultaneously to docker via the boot dashboard
  • (Eclipse) fixed: problem showing live request mappings for eureka-based apps
  • (Eclipse) fixed: dropdown in Spring Symbols view shows up with transparent background on Linux
  • (Concourse) fixed: support pipeline directory as well see (#525)

To download the distribution for Eclipse and find links to the marketplace entries for Visual Studio Code and Theia, please go visit:

Detailed changes can be found here:

Spring Tools 4.8.2 is scheduled to be released in late November 2020.


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