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JSR-382 - Configuration API for Java, v1.0

Specification Leads: Emily Jiang, Mark Struberg

This is the official Source Repository of this very JSR.


Configuration API for Java JSR Draft - Work In Progress!

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The majority of applications need to be configured based on a running environment. It must be possible to modify configuration data from outside an application so that the application itself does not need to be repackaged.

The configuration data can come from different locations and in different formats (e.g. system properties, system environment variables, .properties, .xml, datasource). We call these config locations ConfigSources. If the same property is defined in multiple ConfigSources, we apply a policy to specify which one of the values will effectively be used.

Under some circumstances, some data sources may change dynamically. The changed values should be fed into the client without the need for restarting the application. This requirement is particularly important for microservices running in a cloud environment. The JavaConfig approach allows to pick up configured values immediately after they got changed.

Influences and History

There are a number of Config projects which directly influenced this proposal and acted as basis for this API, such as:

The approach of those got merged together into MicroProfile Config ( This now serves as a starting point for this very JSR.


JavaConfig does not contain an implementation itself but only provides the specified API and, a TCK and documentation.


The current configuration of an application can be accessed via ConfigProvider#getConfig().

A Config consists of the information collected from the registered javax.config.spi.ConfigSource s. These ConfigSource s get sorted according to their ordinal. That way it is possible to overwrite configuration with lower importance from outside.

By default there are 3 default ConfigSources:

  • System.getProperties() (ordinal=400)

  • System.getenv() (ordinal=300)

  • all META-INF/ files on the ClassPath. (default ordinal=100, separately configurable via a config_ordinal property inside each file)

Therefore, the default values can be specified in the above files packaged with the application and the value can be overwritten later for each deployment. A higher ordinal number takes precedence over a lower number.

Custom ConfigSources

It is possible to write and register a custom ConfigSources. An example would be a ConfigSource which gets the configured values from a shared database table in a cluster.


The whole JavaConfig project can be built via Apache Maven

$> mvn clean install

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