In this article we will explore how to deploy any executable Java JAR / WAR file as linux systemd service.
What is Systemd?
Systemd is a system and service manager for Linux operating systems
In Linux operating systems, Systemd is used to manage system and services. Systemd uses configuration files known as systemd unit files to create a linux daemon. Some of common systemd unit types include.
- Service Unit : A unit file (with .service file extension) used to create system service.
- Automount Unit : A unit file (with .automount file extension) used to create auto-mount point.
- Timer Unit : A unit file (with .timer file extension) used to create systemd timer.
- Socket Unit : A unit file (with .socket file extension) used to create a socket.
Java Spring Boot App as Systemd Service
With some high level overview of systemd, let’s start our journey of deploying a Java Spring Boot app as systemd service. We will start by creating deployment directory structure.
Deployment directory structure
We will put our binaries (JAR / WAR) in
sudo cp myapp.jar /usr/local/bin
We will place our configuration files under
/etc/ directory, let’s create configuration directory for our app.
sudo mkdir /etc/myapp
Environment file for systemd service
We can set environment variables for systemd service unit using
Environment configuration option. To avoid lengthy list of environment variables within service unit file, we can store all the environment variables in a separate environment file that can be pointed using EnvironmentFile directive in service unit file. The key advantage of using environment file is dynamic injection of configuration without having to run daemon-reload command. Let’s create the environment file for our service with the service configuration directory
sudo nano /etc/myapp/environmentfile
Copy following contents into newly created environment file.
ROOT_DIR=/usr/local/bin EXEC_JAR="myapp.jar" JAVA_OPTS="-Xmx128m" WEB_SERVER_PORT="8088" USER="myapp"
Creating the system group and user for systemd service
In this section we will create system user to run our systemd service.
- Create myapp system group.
sudo groupadd --system myapp
- Create myapp system user with nologin shell and add it to myapp system group created in previous step.
sudo useradd -s /sbin/nologin --system -g myapp myapp
Creating the systemd service unit file for Java / Spring Boot App
In this section we will create the systemd service unit file for our Java Spring Boot App.
- Create the
myapp.servicefile as following.
sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/myapp.service
- Copy following contents to newly created
myapp.servicefile, save file
(Ctrl + O)and exit the nano editor
(Ctrl + X).
[Unit] Description=My Java Spring Boot App Documentation=https://www.sma.im After=network.target [Service] EnvironmentFile=/etc/myapp/environmentfile Type=simple User=myapp WorkingDirectory=/usr/local/bin ExecStart=/usr/bin/java $JAVA_OPTS -jar $EXEC_JAR StandardOutput=journal StandardError=journal SyslogIdentifier=myapp SuccessExitStatus=143 TimeoutStopSec=10 Restart=on-failure RestartSec=60 [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target
Load service and configure it to start on boot
systemctl daemon-reload command to reload systemd manager configuration, this is soft reload otherwise we will need to restart the system to get our newly cerated systemd service recognized by systemd.
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
We can use
systemctl enable command to enable our service for auto start on system boot.
``` sudo systemctl enable myapp.service ```
Staring and Stopping our Systemd service
We can start myapp service using
service command as following.
sudo service myapp start
Run following command to stop myapp service.
sudo service myapp stop
Check current status of myapp service
We can check current status of myapp service using
status option of
sudo service myapp status
Viewing logs of our Java Spring Boot App
StandardError=journaloptions in our service unit file will enable us to view logs emitted by our program
journalctl command as following.
journalctl -u myapp.service
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