Demonstrates how to using Spring Retry in combination with Spring Cloud Ribbon
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Ribbon Retryer

In Spring Cloud Brixton we do not use the Ribbon RestClient to make service requests so you cannot rely on the retry functionality present in that class to reattempt failed requests.

One solution to this problem is to use Spring Retry in conjunction with Ribbon to add your own retry logic to your applications using Ribbon.

Warning: The above statements only apply when using Ribbon directly in Spring Cloud Brixton (all releases), Camden.RELEASE, and Camden.SR1. If you are using a version of Spring Cloud that is newer than Camden.SR1 the Spring Retry functionality is part of Spring Cloud itself. Also, if you are using Ribbon in conjunction with Zuul or Feign in Brixton or Camden different retry logic applies.


Run the app by executing ./mvnw spring-boot:run. Hit http://localhost:8080 and you should see the same content as if you went to

Lets take a look at the code executed when you hit the root of the webapp. Most of the heavy lifting happens in RetryerService.

class RetryerService {

    private RestTemplate rest;

    public RetryerService(RestTemplate rest) { = rest;

    public String getContent() {
        return rest.getForObject("http://service1/", String.class);

The RestTemplate bean being injected into our RetryerService is "load balanced" meaning it is using the Ribbon load balancer. The getContent method is making a request to service1. This service is configured in application.yml.


As you can see, service1 is configured to call either or Since the Ribbon load balancer will use round robin load balancing, when getContent is called it will rotate back and forth between the two URLs.

If you try an hit in your browser you will notice you get an error due to the fact is not a registered DNS address. However in our app we always get the content from, why is that?

The reason this works is because we have made some enhancements to the Ribbon load balancer used by Spring Cloud. If you look at the class RetryableRibbonLoadBalancerCliet you can see that we are using the RetryTemplate from Spring Retry to wrap our call to the execute method. When Ribbon selects as the URL to use for our request, the request request will fail but Spring Retry will retry the request again and due to the round robin load balancing in Ribbon the next request will succeed.