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Running a Simple Spring Boot Application on OpenShift

yrashish profile image Ashish Choudhary Originally published at Updated on ・7 min read

In this article, I will try to demonstrate how to deploy a simple Spring Boot application on OpenShift (Minishift).

But wait what the hell is OpenShift after all?.

OpenShift is RedHat’s cloud development Platform as a Service (PaaS). It is built on top of Docker containers and the Kubernetes container cluster orchestrator.

What is Paas?.

As per Wikipedia

Platform as a service* (PaaS) or application platform as a service (aPaaS) or platform-based service is a category of cloud computing services that provides a platform allowing customers to develop, run, and manage applications without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure typically associated with developing and launching an app.

What is Minishift then?.

Minishift is a tool that helps you run OpenShift locally by running a single-node OpenShift cluster inside a VM. You can try out OpenShift or develop with it, day-to-day, on your localhost.

Let’s get started then. I will be installing it on my mac but there are plenty of blogs/resources available explaining how to install it on other popular OS like Windows, Linux.


You can go through the official installation instructions or follow the steps mentioned below to run Minishift locally on macOS.

  1. Set up your virtualization environment

  2. Download Minishift software for your operating system from the Minishift Releases page

  3. Install Minishift

  4. Start Minishift

  5. Configure Minishift so you can use it efficiently.

As explained in point 4 you can start Minishift with the below command

minishift start

Once you run the above command Minishift performs some system checks like this.

Starting profile ‘minishift’
Check if deprecated options are used … OK
Checking if is reachable … OK
Checking if requested OpenShift version ‘v3.11.0’ is valid … OK
Checking if requested OpenShift version ‘v3.11.0’ is supported … OK
Checking if requested hypervisor ‘xhyve’ is supported on this platform ..OK
Checking if xhyve driver is installed …
If everything is OK then you would see message like this at then end of your terminal.
OpenShift server started.
The server is accessible via web console at:
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Accessing Web Console

Now you are good to go and browse the Minishift web console which is accessible by default using this URL Since there is no authentication/authorization enabled by default you can create your own username and password when logging in for the first time.

Minishift Login pageMinishift Login page

Creating a Project

You have the option to create projects etc. via the command line and via the web console. We will be using the command line option. First login using below command as an admin user.

oc login -u system:admin

Then by default, we can use the default project which is myproject for this demo. Alternatively, you can create a new project also.

Creating Application

Now you need to select a base image for the application that you are going to create. Since this is a spring boot project we will be using an open jdk8 base image for our application. Use the below command line command to create an application with an openjdk8 base image.

oc new-app — name=springboot-demo-openshift

Output of above command

> → Found Docker image 6c975f1 (2 weeks old) from for “”
> Java Applications
> — — — — — — — — -
> Platform for building and running plain Java applications (fat-jar and flat classpath)
> Tags: builder, java
> * An image stream tag will be created as “openjdk18-openshift:latest” that will track the source image
> * A source build using source code from []( will be created
> * The resulting image will be pushed to image stream tag “springboot-demo-openshift:latest”
> * Every time “openjdk18-openshift:latest” changes a new build will be triggered
> * This image will be deployed in deployment config “springboot-demo-openshift”
> * Ports 8080/tcp, 8443/tcp, 8778/tcp will be load balanced by service “springboot-demo-openshift”
> * Other containers can access this service through the hostname “springboot-demo-openshift”
> → Creating resources …
> “openjdk18-openshift” created
> “springboot-demo-openshift” created
> “springboot-demo-openshift” created
> “springboot-demo-openshift” created
> service “springboot-demo-openshift” created
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Build Status

Once the application is created the build will be automatically scheduled using S2I. You can view the logs using the below command to check the status of the build.

oc logs -f bc/springboot-demo-openshift

Output of above command

> Cloning “" …
> Commit: bdf1e3a36a7c16b69567de1b5343ff9c51114536 (changing message)
> Author: ashishchoudhary
> Date: Sun Mar 22 00:22:23 2020 +0530
> Using as the s2i builder image
> INFO Performing Maven build in /tmp/src
> INFO Using MAVEN_OPTS -XX:+UseParallelOldGC -XX:MinHeapFreeRatio=10 -XX:MaxHeapFreeRatio=20 -XX:GCTimeRatio=4 -XX:AdaptiveSizePolicyWeight=90 -XX:MaxMetaspaceSize=100m -XX:+ExitOnOutOfMemoryError
> INFO Using Apache Maven 3.6.1 (Red Hat 3.6.1–6.3)
> Maven home: /opt/rh/rh-maven36/root/usr/share/maven
> Java version: 1.8.0_272, vendor: Red Hat, Inc., runtime: /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-openjdk-–1.el7_9.x86_64/jre
> Default locale: en_US, platform encoding: ANSI_X3.4–1968
> OS name: “linux”, version: “3.10.0–1127.19.1.el7.x86_64”, arch: “amd64”, family: “unix”
> INFO Running ‘mvn -e -Popenshift -DskipTests -Dcom.redhat.xpaas.repo.redhatga -Dfabric8.skip=true — batch-mode -s /tmp/artifacts/configuration/settings.xml -Dmaven.repo.local=/tmp/artifacts/m2 package’
> [INFO] Error stacktraces are turned on.
> [INFO] Scanning for projects…
> [INFO] Downloading from central: [](
> [INFO] Downloaded from central: []( (8.1 kB at 1.7 kB/s)…….
> [INFO] — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —
> [INFO] Total time: 02:44 min
> [INFO] Finished at: 2020–11–11T05:07:46Z
> [INFO] — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —
> [WARNING] The requested profile “openshift” could not be activated because it does not exist.
> INFO Copying deployments from target to /deployments…
> ‘/tmp/src/target/springboot-kubernetes-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar’ -> ‘/deployments/springboot-kubernetes-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar’
> Pushing image …
> Pushed 0/4 layers, 1% complete
> Pushed 1/4 layers, 29% complete
> Pushed 2/4 layers, 70% complete
> Pushed 3/4 layers, 95% complete
> Pushed 4/4 layers, 100% complete
> Push successful
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Once the build is triggered you can see that S2I is doing its work as expected by cloning the repository first and then doing the build. Later on, after the build is a success as seen above the image will push for further execution. You’ve just built and run a new runnable container image from source code in a git repository.

Now let’s understand what an S2I is actually?


As per the Openshift documentation, Source-to-Image (S2I) is a toolkit and workflow for building reproducible container images from source code. S2I produces ready-to-run images by injecting source code into a container image and letting the container prepare that source code for execution. By creating self-assembling builder images, you can version and control your build environments exactly like you use container images to version your runtime environments.


Run ‘oc status’ to view the status of your app.

oc status

Output of above command

> In the project My Project (myproject) on server [](
> svc/springboot-demo-openshift — ports 8080, 8443, 8778
> dc/springboot-demo-openshift deploys istag/springboot-demo-openshift:latest <-
> bc/springboot-demo-openshift source builds []( on istag/openjdk18-openshift:latest
> deployment #1 deployed 20 minutes ago — 1 pod
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As you can see that there is 1 pod running. You can view the same status on the web console also. You would see something like below. If you carefully observe we have not exposed the application to the outside world yet because we have not created a route. Let’s do that now and see if we can access the application.


As explained above our application is not exposed to the outside world we can expose our services by executing one or more of the commands below:

oc expose svc/springboot-demo-openshift

Output of the above command exposed

Similarly, if you goto web console applications>routes. You can see that route is created. Now our application is exposed to the outside world. Cool.

Route createdRoute created

Let’s hit the URL and access our spring boot demo application.

We have successfully deployed our first Spring boot demo application to Openshift locally.

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