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Spring Boot Configuration

Spring Boot Configuration Overview

1. Introduction to Spring Boot Configuration:
Configuration is an essential aspect of any application, and Spring Boot provides a comprehensive and flexible approach to handle configuration. In this section, we will explore the various options and techniques available in Spring Boot for configuration management. We will learn how to configure application properties, use environment variables, and leverage Spring Boot’s auto-configuration capabilities.

2. Configuration Options in Spring Boot:
Spring Boot offers multiple ways to configure applications based on your preferences and requirements. Here are the key options:

– Application.properties or Application.yml:
Spring Boot allows you to define application-specific properties in either a properties file (application.properties) or a YAML file (application.yml). These files can be placed in the classpath, such as the src/main/resources directory, and Spring Boot will automatically pick up the properties during application startup.

– Environment Variables:
Spring Boot provides seamless integration with environment variables. You can configure application properties using environment variables, which offers flexibility and enables dynamic configuration without modifying the application code.

– Command-Line Arguments:
Spring Boot allows you to pass command-line arguments to configure your application. These arguments can override the values defined in properties files or environment variables, providing an easy way to customize application behavior during runtime.

– Profiles:
Profiles in Spring Boot enable you to define different configurations for different environments (e.g., development, testing, production). You can define specific properties for each profile, and Spring Boot will automatically load the appropriate configuration based on the active profile.

– Custom Configuration Properties:
Spring Boot provides support for creating custom configuration properties. This allows you to define a structured configuration that can be easily bound to Java objects, providing type safety and validation.

– External Configuration Sources:
Spring Boot supports loading configuration from various external sources, such as a database, a distributed configuration service (e.g., Spring Cloud Config), or even a remote Git repository. This enables centralized configuration management and facilitates easy updates without redeploying the application.

3. Application Configuration with Properties File:
Let’s start by exploring how to configure a Spring Boot application using a properties file. Create a file named “application.properties” in the src/main/resources directory and add the following properties:

# Application Configuration

# Database Configuration

In this example, we have defined application-specific properties such as the application name, version, and URL. We have also configured a MySQL database connection with the necessary URL, username, and password.

4. Accessing Configuration Properties in Code:
Spring Boot provides a convenient way to access configuration properties in your code. Let’s see how to access the properties defined in the previous step:

Step 1: Create a Configuration Class:
Create a Java class, for example, “AppConfiguration.java”, and annotate it with the `@Configuration` annotation. Add the following code:

import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Value;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;

public class AppConfiguration {
private String appName;

private String appVersion;

private String appUrl;

private String dbUrl;

private String dbUsername;

private String dbPassword;

// Getter methods for accessing the properties

Step 2: Access the Configuration Properties:
You can now access the configuration properties

in your code by autowiring the `AppConfiguration` class. For example:

import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.GetMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RestController;

public class MyController {
private AppConfiguration appConfig;

public String getAppInfo() {
return “App Name: ” + appConfig.getAppName() +
“\nApp Version: ” + appConfig.getAppVersion() +
“\nApp URL: ” + appConfig.getAppUrl();

public String getDbInfo() {
return “DB URL: ” + appConfig.getDbUrl() +
“\nDB Username: ” + appConfig.getDbUsername() +
“\nDB Password: ” + appConfig.getDbPassword();

In this example, we have created a REST controller that retrieves and displays the application and database configuration properties.

5. Working with Profiles:
Spring Boot allows you to define different profiles to cater to different environments. Let’s see how to configure profile-specific properties:

Step 1: Create Profile-specific Configuration Files:
Create separate properties files for each profile, named application-{profile}.properties. For example, create application-dev.properties and application-prod.properties.

Step 2: Define Profile-specific Properties:
In each profile-specific properties file, define the properties specific to that profile. For example, in application-dev.properties, define:

# Development Profile Configuration

Step 3: Activate a Profile:
You can activate a specific profile using the `spring.profiles.active` property. For example, add the following line to the application.properties file:


With the “dev” profile active, the application will use the properties defined in application-dev.properties.

6. Conclusion:
In this section, we explored the various options and techniques available in Spring Boot for configuration management. We learned about application.properties or application.yml files, environment variables, command-line arguments, profiles, custom configuration properties, and external configuration sources. We also saw how to access configuration properties in code and work with profile-specific properties.

Configuration is a crucial aspect of application development, and Spring Boot provides a flexible and powerful configuration mechanism that simplifies the process. Understanding and utilizing Spring Boot’s configuration capabilities will help you build robust and configurable applications that can be easily customized and deployed in different environments.

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