Spring Boot Application to Development Server Using Nginx

Aparna Rathore
2 min readJul 9


To deploy a Spring Boot application to a development server using Nginx as a reverse proxy, you can follow these steps:

1. Set up the Development Server:
— Provision a server or virtual machine for hosting your Spring Boot application.
— Install Java Development Kit (JDK) on the server.
— Install Nginx web server on the server.

2. Build and Package the Spring Boot Application:
— Build your Spring Boot application using a build tool like Maven or Gradle.
— Package the application into a JAR file using the build tool.

3. Configure Nginx:
— Edit the Nginx configuration file. Typically located at `/etc/nginx/nginx.conf` or `/etc/nginx/conf.d/default.conf`.
— Inside the `http` block, create a new `server` block for your Spring Boot application.
— Configure the server block with the appropriate server name, port, and location.
— Set up a reverse proxy to redirect requests from Nginx to the Spring Boot application.

Example Nginx configuration:
server {
listen 80;
server_name example.com;

location / {
proxy_pass http://localhost:8080; # Replace with the address of your Spring Boot application
proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
proxy_set_header Host $http_host;

4. Start the Spring Boot Application:
— Copy the JAR file of your Spring Boot application to the development server.
— Start the Spring Boot application by running the JAR file using the Java command.

5. Restart Nginx:
— Restart Nginx to apply the configuration changes.
— Use the appropriate command for your operating system. For example:
sudo systemctl restart nginx # For systems with systemd

6. Test the Deployment:
— Access your Spring Boot application through the development server’s domain or IP address using a web browser.
— Nginx should proxy the requests to your Spring Boot application, and you should see your application running successfully.

Note: This setup assumes that your Spring Boot application listens on port 8080. Adjust the configuration and proxy_pass URL in Nginx accordingly if your application uses a different port.

By following these steps, you can deploy your Spring Boot application to a development server using Nginx as a reverse proxy. This setup allows you to handle incoming web traffic efficiently and separate the responsibilities of serving static files (handled by Nginx) from processing dynamic requests (handled by the Spring Boot application).