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Getting Started with Spring Boot Native: A Comprehensive Tutorial

In this tutorial, you’ll delve into the world of Spring Boot Native, exploring how to leverage native image compilation to optimize your Spring Boot applications for enhanced performance and reduced resource consumption.


  • Basic understanding of Spring Boot framework
  • Familiarity with Java programming language
  • JDK 11 or higher installed on your machine
  • Maven or Gradle installed for project management

Step 1: Setup Spring Boot Project
Begin by creating a new Spring Boot project or using an existing one. You can use either Maven or Gradle for project management. For Maven, include the Spring Boot starter dependency in your pom.xml:


For Gradle, add the dependency in your build.gradle file:

implementation 'org.springframework.boot:spring-boot-starter'

Step 2: Add Spring Boot Native Dependency
To enable native image compilation, add the spring-boot-starter-native dependency to your project. Include it in your pom.xml for Maven:


Or in your build.gradle for Gradle:

implementation 'org.springframework.experimental:spring-boot-starter-native'

Step 3: Configure Your Application
Spring Boot Native provides various configuration options to customize native image compilation. You can specify additional configuration in your or application.yml file.


Step 4: Build Native Image
Now, it’s time to build the native image of your Spring Boot application. Execute the following command using either Maven or Gradle:

For Maven:

mvn spring-boot:build-image

For Gradle:

./gradlew bootBuildImage

Step 5: Run the Native Image
Once the native image is built successfully, you can run it like any other executable file. Navigate to the target directory and execute the generated binary file:


Congratulations! You’ve successfully learned how to optimize your Spring Boot applications using Spring Boot Native. By compiling your application into a native image, you can achieve improved performance and reduced resource consumption. Experiment with different configurations and explore further optimization techniques to enhance your applications even more.

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