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Simple store application that composes calls to backend product information services and displays a product page.

This example application shows you how to build microservice architectures using Netifi and RSocket.

What is Netifi?

Netifi is a platform for building cloud-native applications with the power of RSocket.

Netifi provides service discovery, load-balancing, streaming, and back-pressure without deploying a whole host of infrastructure components and without polluting your code with circuit breakers and client-side load-balancing.

Check out for more information.

Project Structure

The application contains a number of backend microservices that are called by the store-app to retrieve product information necessary to display a Product Details Page (PDP).

The APIs for the backend services are defined as Protobuf contracts in the -idl projects. These projects, when built, generate service stubs and clients that are imported and used by the service and store-app projects.


This application requires a running instance of the Netifi Broker.

Run the following command to download the Netifi Community Edition Broker as a Docker container:

docker pull netifi/broker:1.6.9

Building AcmeShoes

The application can be built as JARs or Docker images.


Run the following command to build the application:

./gradlew clean build

When developing in an IDE and modifying the IDL projects you may need to refresh your project classpath in order to see the changes take effect. When using IntelliJ, you can refresh the project classpath by clicking the refresh button in the Gradle tab.


Run the following command to build the application as Docker images:

./gradlew clean buildImage

If the build is successful, you will see the following Docker images in your local Docker registry:

gregnetifi/acmeshoes-store-app              0.1.0
gregnetifi/acmeshoes-store-app              latest
gregnetifi/acmeshoes-product-service        0.1.0 
gregnetifi/acmeshoes-product-service        latest
gregnetifi/acmeshoes-inventory-service      0.1.0
gregnetifi/acmeshoes-inventory-service      latest

Running AcmeShoes

Follow the steps below to run the application.


Follow the steps below to run the application as JARs using Gradle:

  1. Run the following command to start a Netifi Broker:

     docker run \
     -p 8001:8001 -p 8101:8101 -p 7001:7001 -p 6001:6001 \
     -e BROKER_SERVER_OPTS="'' \
     '' \
     '-Dnetifi.authentication.0.accessToken=Ih+hNsSdxLxAtHceTeEia2MGXSc=' \
     ''"  \
  2. In a new terminal, run the following command to start the inventory-service:

     ./gradlew :inventory-service:run
  3. In a new terminal, run the following command to start the product-service:

     ./gradlew :product-service:run
  4. In a new terminal, run the following command to start the store-app:

     ./gradlew :store-app:run
  5. In web browser, navigate to http://localhost:8080/product/001 to view the PDP page.


A Docker Compose file has been provided to make running the Acme Shoes application as a set of Docker containers simple.

  1. Run the following command to start a single Netifi Broker and the Acme Shoes application:

     docker-compose up
  2. In web browser, navigate to http://localhost:8080/product/001 to view the PDP page.

Accessing the Application

The store-app project hosts the PDP page and can be accessed by navigating to http://localhost:8080/product/001 in a web browser.

If successful, you will see a product page similar to the following:

acme shoes pdp

Bugs and Feedback

For bugs, questions, and discussions please use the Github Issues.


Copyright 2019 Greg Whitaker

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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