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Creating a Spring Boot application on Google App Engine Standard

January 23, 2018 Leave a comment

In our last blog we saw how to create a simple application and deploy in Google App Engine Flex. In this write up we will see how to do the same but in the Google App Engine standard environment.
Last year the Standard App Engine was lagging behind specifically with the java runtime version that was supported but the recent updates have removed that issue. You can read more about the releases here

We will follow the steps from our previous blog up to the point where we add the appengine-maven-plugin. We do not use the app.yaml file in the App Engine standard. Instead we use the appengine-web.xml config file. The following steps need to be followed next.

1. Appengine-web.xml file
Create a new source folder : /src/main/webapp/WEB-INF. In this folder add a new file with the name appengine-web.xml. The following is the content of the file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
Copyright 2017 Google Inc.
Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at
Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
limitations under the License.
<appengine-web-app xmlns="">

2. Change the packaging
Change the packaging in the pom file from jar to war


3. Add web.xml file
Add a web.xml file in the WEB-INF folder created aboove. The content of the file is as below.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<web-app id="WebApp_ID" version="3.1" xmlns="" xmlns:xsi="" xsi:schemaLocation="">

4. Add a file in the same location with the following config for now

.level = WARNING
java.util.logging.SimpleFormatter.format = [%1$tc] %4$s: %2$s - %5$s %6$s%n

5. Change the main application class.
In our case the Application name is GoogleStandard and the SpringBootApplication class is called GoogleStandardApplication. We will extend the class to implement SpringBootServletInitializer. The class will look like the following

public class GoogleStandardApplication extends SpringBootServletInitializer{

    protected SpringApplicationBuilder configure(SpringApplicationBuilder application) {
        return application.sources(GoogleStandardApplication.class);
	public static void main(String[] args) {, args);

Deploy the application using the following command

mvn appengine:deploy

If a new project was created for the deployment, make sure to use the following commands to use the new project and create the appengine instance.

gcloud config set project PROJECT-NAME
gcloud app create

Creating a Spring Boot application on Google App Engine Flex

January 22, 2018 Leave a comment

Google provides the infrastructure to build web applications on the cloud. There are different ways in which this can be done. App Engine provides a way where the scale up is provided automatically with other features. Within the App Engine offering there are 2 options – Flex and Standard. Flex App Engine allows us to use a Docker container for the application. In addition it is built on Compute Engine VM instances. Differences in Flex and Standard can be found here :

We will see how to build and deploy a simple Spring Boot application on a Google App Engine Flex environment.
The initial setup of the Google Cloud Platform project and the SDK can be found here. (

We will create a simple Spring Boot application as described in the “Creating the Spring Boot Application” section here (

After creating the project the billing needs to be enabled for the project –
For the free limits, the billing will not be enabled but it will need to be verified anyways

Once the Spring boot application is created we will add the appengine maven plugin to the pom file of the project. The latest version available currently is 1.3.2. It can be found here The following needs to be added under in the pom.xml file

<!-- -->

There is another plugin that is available with the group id But this is the older plugin available for the sdk. Additional information of the difference in the 2 plugins can be found here:

In the next step, create a folder under the “main” folder with the name “appengine”. We will create a file app.yaml in this folder with the following contents for now. Details on the app.yaml configuration can be found here

# [START appyaml]
runtime: java
env: flex
   jdk: openjdk8
  instances: 1
- url: /.*
  script: this field is required, but ignored
# [END appyaml]

In order to run the application locally, use the following command

mvn spring-boot:run

To deploy the application to the App Engine on Google Cloud use the following command

mvn appengine:deploy

Once the deployment is successful, you should be able to goto the cloud console at and see the services deployed on the app engine instance (you can see this on the app engine dashboard). In our configuration above, it is going to be a default service. Clicking on the service will take you to the root context of our deployed application.

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