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Building a Spring Boot Application and Integrating with Ollama API


Spring Boot is a popular framework for building Java-based web applications. It simplifies the development process by providing default configurations and a variety of tools for creating stand-alone, production-grade applications. Ollama is a hypothetical API service for machine learning tasks (e.g., text generation, image processing, etc.). In this tutorial, we will build a Spring Boot application and integrate it with the Ollama API to demonstrate how you can leverage external APIs within a Spring Boot project.


  • JDK 11 or later installed
  • Maven or Gradle installed
  • Basic knowledge of Java and Spring Boot
  • An account with access to the Ollama API (assuming it requires authentication)

Step 1: Setting Up the Spring Boot Project

  1. Create a new Spring Boot project using Spring Initializr: Go to Spring Initializr and create a project with the following specifications:
  • Project: Maven Project
  • Language: Java
  • Spring Boot: 3.0.0 or later
  • Dependencies: Spring Web, Spring Boot DevTools, Lombok Alternatively, you can use the following command to generate a project:
   curl -d dependencies=web,devtools,lombok -d type=maven-project -d language=java -d bootVersion=3.0.0 -d baseDir=spring-boot-ollama -o
   cd spring-boot-ollama
  1. Open the project in your favorite IDE (e.g., IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse).

Step 2: Define the Ollama API Integration

  1. Create a configuration file for Ollama API: In src/main/resources, create a file named and add the following configuration:
  1. Create a model class for the API request and response: In src/main/java/com/example/demo/model, create and
   package com.example.demo.model;

   import lombok.AllArgsConstructor;
   import lombok.Data;
   import lombok.NoArgsConstructor;

   public class OllamaRequest {
       private String inputText;
   package com.example.demo.model;

   import lombok.Data;

   public class OllamaResponse {
       private String outputText;
  1. Create a service class to handle the API interaction: In src/main/java/com/example/demo/service, create
   package com.example.demo.service;

   import com.example.demo.model.OllamaRequest;
   import com.example.demo.model.OllamaResponse;
   import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Value;
   import org.springframework.stereotype.Service;
   import org.springframework.web.reactive.function.client.WebClient;
   import reactor.core.publisher.Mono;

   public class OllamaService {

       private final WebClient webClient;

       public OllamaService(WebClient.Builder webClientBuilder, 
                            @Value("${ollama.api.base-url}") String baseUrl,
                            @Value("${ollama.api.key}") String apiKey) {
           this.webClient = webClientBuilder
                   .defaultHeader("Authorization", "Bearer " + apiKey)

       public Mono<OllamaResponse> processText(OllamaRequest request) {

Step 3: Create a Controller to Expose the API

  1. Create a REST controller: In src/main/java/com/example/demo/controller, create
   package com.example.demo.controller;

   import com.example.demo.model.OllamaRequest;
   import com.example.demo.model.OllamaResponse;
   import com.example.demo.service.OllamaService;
   import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
   import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.*;
   import reactor.core.publisher.Mono;

   public class OllamaController {

       private OllamaService ollamaService;

       public Mono<OllamaResponse> processText(@RequestBody OllamaRequest request) {
           return ollamaService.processText(request);

Step 4: Run the Application

  1. Build and run the application:
   mvn spring-boot:run
  1. Test the endpoint: Use a tool like curl or Postman to send a POST request to the /api/ollama/process endpoint. Example curl command:
   curl -X POST http://localhost:8080/api/ollama/process \
        -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
        -d '{"inputText": "Hello, Ollama!"}'


You’ve now set up a basic Spring Boot application that integrates with the Ollama API. This tutorial covers the essentials: configuring an external API, creating service and controller layers, and running the application. From here, you can expand the functionality, add error handling, and integrate with other services as needed.

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