Spring Boot wrapper for Ratpack
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This project provudes autoconfiguration and a CLI extension for Spring Boot with Ratpack. Most of the features enabled here are actually already in Ratpack, e.g. see @EnableRatpack. Using this project as well as ratpack-spring-boot means lets you write an application using Ratpack and Spring with slightly less overhead, just by adding dependencies.

Quick Java Example

public class Application {

    public Handler handler() {
        return context -> context.render("Hello World");

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        SpringApplication.run(Application.class, args);


If a single @Bean of type Handler is present it is installed and serves the default route. For more routes you have to add @Beans of type Action<Chain> and add handlers as needed to the chain inside its execute method.

Quick Groovy DSL Example

Ratpack has a Groovy DSL for building routes. Spring Boot CLI applications can take advantage of the nice syntax as follows.

This should run (as it is, with no imports):

ratpack {
  handlers {
    get {
      render "Hello World"

Put it in a file called app.groovy and run it like this:

$ spring run app.groovy

Then get the result in a browser at http://localhost:5050.

You can also use render json(...) or render groovyTemplate(...) features of Ratpack with no additional effort. Spring will pick up Groovy templates by default from classpath:/templates.

To use Spring effectively you will want to take advantage of the dependency injection and autoconfiguration features of Spring Boot as well. Here's a simple example with dependency injection and json:

class MyService {
  String message() { "Hello World" }

ratpack {
  handlers {
    get { MyService service ->
      render json([msg:service.message()])

The ratpack DSL keyword only supports handlers inside its top-level closure (in non-Spring apps you might see bindings as well).

Installing the Spring Boot CLI

To run an application written in the Ratpack DSL you need the ratpack extensions to the Spring Boot CLI.

Since the Ratpack extensions are not part of the main Spring Boot feature set you will need to clone from this repo and build it locally, e.g.

$ git clone https://github.com/dsyer/spring-boot-ratpack
$ cd spring-boot-ratpack
$ mvn install

Once it is built, you can install the ratpack plugin. You either need to build Spring Boot or download a snapshot build of the CLI first, e.g.

$ mkdir -p /tmp/spring && cd $_
$ wget -O spring.tgz https://repo.spring.io/libs-snapshot-local/org/springframework/boot/spring-boot-cli/1.2.0.BUILD-SNAPSHOT/spring-boot-cli-1.2.0.BUILD-SNAPSHOT-bin.tar.gz
$ tar -zxf spring.tgz

The spring CLI is now installed at /tmp/spring/spring-boot-cli-1.2.0.BUILD-SNAPSHOT, so if you are a gvm user you can do this:

$ gvm install springboot ratpack /tmp/spring/spring-boot-cli-1.2.0.BUILD-SNAPSHOT
$ gvm use springboot ratpack

and then you can install the spring-boot-ratpack-cli jar:

$ spring install org.springframework.boot:spring-boot-ratpack-cli:1.0.0.BUILD-SNAPSHOT