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Getting Started with GraalVM Spring Boot: A Comprehensive Tutorial

Introduction to GraalVM Spring Boot

GraalVM is a high-performance runtime that provides significant performance improvements for JVM-based applications. When combined with Spring Boot, it offers enhanced efficiency and reduced resource consumption. In this tutorial, we’ll explore how to leverage GraalVM with Spring Boot to create highly optimized applications.


Before we begin, ensure you have the following installed:

  • Java Development Kit (JDK) 8 or later
  • Maven or Gradle for building Spring Boot projects
  • GraalVM installed and configured

Setting Up a Spring Boot Project

Let’s start by creating a new Spring Boot project. If you haven’t already installed the Spring Boot CLI, you can do so by following the official documentation.

spring init --dependencies=web my-spring-boot-app
cd my-spring-boot-app

Integrating GraalVM with Spring Boot

Adding GraalVM Dependencies

To integrate GraalVM with our Spring Boot project, we need to add the necessary dependencies. Open your pom.xml file (if you’re using Maven) and add the following dependencies:


Configuring GraalVM Native Image Plugin

Next, we’ll configure the GraalVM Native Image plugin to generate a native executable for our Spring Boot application. Add the following plugin configuration to your pom.xml:

                        <!-- Configuration options -->

Building the Native Image

Now, we’re ready to build the native image of our Spring Boot application using GraalVM. Run the following command:

mvn spring-graal-native:test-native-image

Running the GraalVM Native Image

Once the native image is built successfully, you can run it using the following command:



Congratulations! You’ve successfully created a Spring Boot application optimized with GraalVM. Experiment with different GraalVM configurations and optimizations to further enhance the performance and resource efficiency of your applications. Happy coding!

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