Month: July 2015

How to create a Spring Boot Remote Shell Command

So today I’ve been looking at the actuator and remote functionality in Spring Boot and thought I’d have a go and getting a custom command working in my simple Spring Boot app.

One challenge from the documentation is it only talks about how to setup the command using Groovy, so what if you are using Java? There are a few pitfalls that catch people out so I thought I’d document them here in one article.

So, the documentation on the remote shell does say that the command will be looked for on the class path at /commands or /crash/commands the subtle point about this is the command should be put in your project so that they are built because the remote shell command are compiled on first use so they need to be in your /resources folder.

So, you should put the source code for any remote shell commands in /src/main/resources/commands/ the downside with this is now that it is in the resources folder the IDE won’t highlight any syntax issues. My tip would be to write the command in your java source tree and then when you are happy with it, drag it into the resources folder. One reason for this is any compilation issues will be ignored when invoking the command.

Dependency required:


Two annotations you’ll need on your command are:


@Usage(“My Test Command”)

These two annotations indicate that this is a shell command and that the command description is “My Test Command”.

The name of your class becomes the command name.

See my example source code below, that was in my Spring Boot Project at /src/main/resources/commands/


package commands;
import org.crsh.cli.Command;
import org.crsh.cli.Usage;
import org.crsh.command.BaseCommand;
public class mycommand extends BaseCommand {
    @Usage("My Test Command")
    public String main() {
        return "test command invoked";

How to make a Spring Boot Jar into a War to deploy on tomcat

Spring boot is a brilliant addition to the Spring Framework however, not everyone wants to use the Jar format that it encourages you to use. Searching on the internet the information is there to switch from Jar to War however, it doesn’t seem to be in one place in the documentation so I thought I’d put it together as a single post.

If you create a WAR project straight away then the following will be provided, however, if you have started off with a Jar packaging type this article will explain how to switch it to war. pom.xml changes The first thing you will need to do is change your pom.xml file. Change <packaging> value from jar to war. Add the following to tell the project that the tomcat server is provided.


Code changes In your Spring Boot application class that has the @SpringBootApplication annotation you need to extend SpringBootServletInitializer and override the configure method. e.g.

public class DemoApplication extends SpringBootServletInitializer{
    protected SpringApplicationBuilder configure(SpringApplicationBuilder application) {
        return application.sources(DemoApplication.class);
    public static void main(String[] args) {, args);

So now you should be able to deploy this war file to your application server, e.g. tomcat. Also, you will see in your target folder there are two war files, one with .original extension. This is basically because the Spring Boot maven plugin has built the war file such that it can still be run using java. e.g. java -jar demo-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.war Hope this helps