Spring Boot app on OpenShift

July 7, 2019

In this blogpost we are showing how to deploy a Spring Boot application to OpenShift levaraging the fabric8-maven-plugin and Spring Cloud Kubernetes

Minishift setup

First we need an OpenShift cluster. On Mac is very easy to get started:

$ brew cask install minishift
$ brew cask install virtualbox

By default, Minishift will use the relevant hypervisor based on the host operating system, here we instruct to use VirtualBox instead of xhyve on OSX.

$ minishift start --vm-driver=virtualbox

We can verify that our single node OpenShift cluster is running using:

$ minishift status

Minishift:  Running
Profile:    minishift
OpenShift:  Running (openshift v3.11.0+3a34b96-217)
DiskUsage:  57% of 19G (Mounted On: /mnt/sda1)
CacheUsage: 1.677 GB (used by oc binary, ISO or cached images)

and get the cluster IP using:

$ minishift ip

At the time of writing we were using the Minishift version:

$ minishift version

minishift v1.33.0+ba29431

OpenShift Client

Next, we need to install the OpenShift Client in order to interact with our OpenShift cluster from the command line:

$ brew install openshift-cli
$ oc version

Client Version: version.Info{Major:"4", Minor:"1+", GitVersion:"v4.1.0+b4261e0", GitCommit:"b4261e07ed", GitTreeState:"clean", BuildDate:"2019-05-18T05:40:34Z", GoVersion:"go1.12.5", Compiler:"gc", Platform:"darwin/amd64"}
Server Version: version.Info{Major:"1", Minor:"11+", GitVersion:"v1.11.0+d4cacc0", GitCommit:"d4cacc0", GitTreeState:"clean", BuildDate:"2019-07-05T15:07:29Z", GoVersion:"go1.10.8", Compiler:"gc", Platform:"linux/amd64"}

Next we login with developer/developer

$ oc login

Authentication required for (openshift)
Username: developer

OpenShift project

We create a new project called boot

$ oc new-project boot

Now using project "boot" on server "".
$ oc status

In project boot on server

You have no services, deployment configs, or build configs.
Run 'oc new-app' to create an application.

PostgreSQL service

For the example we will need a PostgreSQL service. In order to provision this service we are using the OpenShift Web Console provided at


After logging in as developer/developer we select the project boot created in the previous step. We make sure that the boot project is be visible in the top left corner, otherwise when creating resources we might create them in another project.
On the left we select the catalog, then Databases and then Postgres. Then we select PostgreSQL we click on Next, then on Create, leaving everything at default. This will create a PostgreSQL database.

The following service(s) have been created in your project: boot.

       Username: userT0G
       Password: MMkglTP6tRe5mJL0
  Database Name: sampledb
 Connection URL: postgresql://postgresql:5432/

If we look around in the OpenShift Web Console we will see that many things were created: a deployment, with one pod running, a persistent volume claim, a secret.

In the terminal we can also view the created service using:

$ oc get service

postgresql   ClusterIP   <none>        5432/TCP   4m

Note, that with the following command we can always verify in which project we are:

oc project

Using project "boot" on server "".

Lets connect to recently created postgresql service and create a customers table

$ oc get pods

NAME                 READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
postgresql-1-zzrlp   1/1     Running   0          30m
$ oc rsh postgresql-1-zzrlp

sh-4.2$ psql sampledb userT0G

psql (9.6.10)
Type "help" for help.

sampledb=# create table customers (id BIGSERIAL,  first_name varchar(255) not null, last_name varchar(255) not null,  PRIMARY KEY (id));
sampledb=# insert into customers values (1, 'Sam', 'Sung');
sampledb=# \d
                List of relations
 Schema |       Name       |   Type   |  Owner
 public | customers        | table    | postgres
 public | customers_id_seq | sequence | postgres
(2 rows)

In order to disconnect from the postgresql and container use:

sampledb-# \q
sh-4.2$ exit
command terminated with exit code 127

Demo application

We get the bits of the demo application found at https://github.com/altfatterz/openshift-spring-boot-demo

$ git clone https://github.com/altfatterz/openshift-spring-boot-demo

The demo contains two Spring Boot applications customer-service and order-service.

Let’s build the applications from the openshift-spring-boot-demo folder

$ mvn clean install

In the logs we see that is using the fabric8-maven-plugin to generate the openshift resource descriptors (via fabric8:resource goal) and docker images (via fabric8:build) for us.


The fabric8:build goal is using by default the Openshift mode with S2I (source-to-image) strategy.

[INFO] F8: Running in OpenShift mode
[INFO] F8: Using OpenShift build with strategy S2I

The generated image is based on CentOS and supports Java 8 and 11. https://hub.docker.com/r/fabric8/s2i-java

The Source-to-Image means that a build is done by the OpensShift cluster. We can check the created pods which were created while running the builds.

$ oc get pods

customer-service-s2i-1-build   0/1     Completed   0          2m
order-service-s2i-1-build      0/1     Completed   0          1m

The created docker images are stored in OpenShift’s integrated Docker Registry:

$ oc get imagestream

NAME               DOCKER REPO                             TAGS     UPDATED
customer-service   latest   14 minutes ago
order-service      latest   14 minutes ago

More information about Builds and Image Streams can be found here

We can start the customer-service application locally using:

$ java -jar customer-service/target/customer-service-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar --spring.profiles.active=local

With the local Spring profile is using an embedded H2 database. Let’s access the /customers endpoint:

$ http :8081/customers

HTTP/1.1 401

The endpoint requires a JWT token, where the JWT token secret can be externally configured. After creating a JWT token (see JwtTokenGenerator) and sending it as an Authorization header with get a 200 response:

$ export HEADER='Authorization: Bearer eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJqb2huZG9lIiwiYXV0aG9yaXRpZXMiOiJ1c2VyIn0.wUZ3aXYwmn4RoW1Tvpwq6x_AsAm4PdcD6U417SgzFfg'
$ http :8081/customers $HEADER

HTTP/1.1 200
        "firstName": "John",
        "id": 1,
        "lastName": "Doe"
        "firstName": "Jane",
        "id": 2,
        "lastName": "Doe"

ConfigMap and Secret

Before deploying the customer-service application we create a ConfigMap and Secret with keys that the customer-service is using:

oc create configmap openshift-spring-boot-demo-config-map \ 
    --from-literal=greeting.message="What is OpenShift?"
oc create secret generic openshift-spring-boot-demo-secret \
    --from-literal=greeting.secret="H3ll0" \
    --from-literal=jwt.secret="demo" \
    --from-literal=spring.datasource.username="userT0G" \

To view the created resources we can use:

oc get configmap openshift-spring-boot-demo-config-map -o yaml
oc get secret openshift-spring-boot-demo-secret -o yaml

Deploy to OpenShift

To deploy we use the following command in the customer-service folder

$ mvn fabric8:deploy

A route will be created for the customer-service

$ oc get route 

NAME               HOST/PORT                                     PATH   SERVICES           PORT   TERMINATION   WILDCARD
customer-service   customer-service-boot.          customer-service   8080                 None

We can see that the JWT token secret is found from the OpenShift Secret and that the application connects successfully to the postgresql service.

$ http  customer-service-boot. $HEADER

HTTP/1.1 200
        "id": 1,
        "firstName": "Sam",
        "lastName": "Sung"

For more information about the deployment we can use:

$ oc describe dc customer-service

Name:		customer-service
Namespace:	boot
Created:	23 minutes ago
Labels:		app=customer-service
Annotations:	fabric8.io/git-branch=master
Latest Version:	1
Selector:	app=customer-service,group=com.example,provider=fabric8
Replicas:	1
Triggers:	Config, Image([email protected], auto=true)
Strategy:	Rolling
Pod Template:
  Labels:	app=customer-service
  Annotations:	fabric8.io/git-branch: master
		fabric8.io/git-commit: 98a8f456aab264ffd7cdf6b6e59779522f694828
		fabric8.io/scm-tag: HEAD
		fabric8.io/scm-url: https://github.com/spring-projects/spring-boot/spring-boot-starter-parent/customer-service
    Image:[email protected]:872969674a0af4e8973ae5206b8c4b854247d1319bc5638371fb5b09f7261b51
    Ports:	8080/TCP, 9779/TCP, 8778/TCP
    Host Ports:	0/TCP, 0/TCP, 0/TCP
    Liveness:	http-get http://:8080/actuator/health delay=180s timeout=1s period=10s #success=1 #failure=3
    Readiness:	http-get http://:8080/actuator/health delay=10s timeout=1s period=10s #success=1 #failure=3
      GREETING_MESSAGE:			<set to the key 'greeting.message' of config map 'openshift-spring-boot-demo-config-map'>	Optional: false
      GREETING_SECRET:			<set to the key 'greeting.secret' in secret 'openshift-spring-boot-demo-secret'>		Optional: false
      JWT_SECRET:			<set to the key 'jwt.secret' in secret 'openshift-spring-boot-demo-secret'>			Optional: false
      SPRING_DATASOURCE_USERNAME:	<set to the key 'spring.datasource.username' in secret 'openshift-spring-boot-demo-secret'>	Optional: false
      SPRING_DATASOURCE_PASSWORD:	<set to the key 'spring.datasource.password' in secret 'openshift-spring-boot-demo-secret'>	Optional: false
      KUBERNETES_NAMESPACE:		 (v1:metadata.namespace)
    Mounts:				<none>
  Volumes:				<none>

Deployment #1 (latest):
	Name:		customer-service-1
	Created:	23 minutes ago
	Status:		Complete
	Replicas:	1 current / 1 desired
	Selector:	app=customer-service,deployment=customer-service-1,deploymentconfig=customer-service,group=com.example,provider=fabric8
	Labels:		app=customer-service,group=com.example,openshift.io/deployment-config.name=customer-service,provider=fabric8,version=0.0.1-SNAPSHOT
	Pods Status:	1 Running / 0 Waiting / 0 Succeeded / 0 Failed

  Type		Reason			Age	From				Message
  ----		------			----	----				-------
  Normal	DeploymentCreated	23m	deploymentconfig-controller	Created new replication controller "customer-service-1" for version 1

The above worked because we provided a YAML fragment (deployment.yml) in the /src/main/fabric8 folder which the Fabric8 Maven plugin used when creating the deployment configuration. The plugin adds also liveness and readiness probes for the correct /actuator/health endpoint.

      - env:
              name: openshift-spring-boot-demo-secret
              key: spring.datasource.username
              name: openshift-spring-boot-demo-secret
              key: spring.datasource.password

We are leveraging the Spring Cloud Kubernetes project which defaults to kubernetes profile when running on OpenShift cluster, so in our application-kubernetes.yml we configured:

    url: jdbc:postgresql://postgresql:5432/sampledb

The username and password for the postgresql service is resolved from the openshift-spring-boot-demo-secret secret.

ConfigMap reload

After deploying the order-service application as well with mvn fabric8:deploy we will see two routes:

$ oc get routes

NAME               HOST/PORT                                     PATH   SERVICES           PORT   TERMINATION   WILDCARD
customer-service   customer-service-boot.          customer-service   8080                 None
order-service      order-service-boot.             order-service      8080                 None 

Both services resolve the greeting.message from the openshift-spring-boot-demo-config-map ConfigMap as configued in the /src/main/fabric8/deloyment.yml YAML fragment

$ http customer-service-boot.

What is OpenShift?
$ http order-service-boot.

What is OpenShift?

Spring Cloud Kubernetes enables us that when a ConfigMap value is changed then application is reloaded. There are different levels of reload: refresh, restart_context and shutdown. In this example we are using restart_context where the Spring ApplicationContext is gracefully restarted and the beans are created with the new configuration.

    enabled: true
    strategy: restart_context

      enabled: true    

In order this two work we still need to configure the common openshift-spring-boot-demo-config-map ConfigMap as a value of the spring.cloud.kubernetes.config.name key in the bootstrap.yml.

The easiest way to change the Config Map is with OpenShift Web Console under Resources > Config Maps. Select openshift-spring-boot-demo-config-map then Actions > Edit. After changing the greeting.message message to What is Kubernetes? both of our applications are restarted and then they serve the new value:

$ http customer-service-boot.

What is Kubernetes?
$ http order-service-boot.

What is Kubernetes?


In this blogpost, we

  • installed Minishift and OpenShift Console
  • provisioned a PostgreSQL service
  • deployed a Spring Boot application to Minishift which used a provisioned PostgreSQL service
  • configured the JWT token secret as an OpenShift Secret
  • shared a ConfigMap between two different Spring Boot services with reload enabled

You can find the source code here: https://github.com/altfatterz/openshift-spring-boot-demo