Spring Boot in Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code is an ideal lightweight development environment for Spring Boot application developers and there are several useful VS Code extensions including:
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A working Java environment with essential extensions installed is needed, including:
- Java Development Kit (JDK), version 11 or later.
- Apache Maven, version 3.0 or later.
- Java Extension Pack
For more details, please refer to Java Tutorial
Note: More information about JDK can be found at supported Java versions.
Create the project
The Spring Initializr extension allows you to search for dependencies and generate new Spring Boot projects.
To install, launch VS Code and from the Extensions view (⇧⌘X (Windows, Linux Ctrl+Shift+X)), search for
Once you have the extension installed, open the Command Palette (⇧⌘P (Windows, Linux Ctrl+Shift+P)) and type
Spring Initializr to start generating a Maven or Gradle project and then follow the wizard.
Edit the project
The Spring Initializr extension allows you to edit dependencies after generating a new Spring Boot project.
Navigate to your
pom.xml file and right-click to select
Edit starters. The Command Palette will show the dependencies you already have beginning with a
√ . You can search for other dependencies you want to add to your project. Or you can click on the existing dependencies to remove them.
Develop the application
The Spring Boot Tools extension includes rich language support for working with Spring Boot
The extension supports quick navigate through source code, smart code completions, quick access to running apps, live application information, and code templates. Similar code completion and validation features are also available for
Run the application
In addition to click F5 to run your application, there's another convenient extension Spring Boot Dashboard with which you can view and manage all available Spring Boot projects in your workspace as well as quickly start, stop, or debug your project.