Before you can start developing Spring Boot applications, you need to set up your development environment. This includes installing the necessary tools and configuring your workspace. In this tutorial, we'll guide you through the process of setting up a Spring Boot development environment and provide you with sample code to get started.


Before you begin, make sure you have the following prerequisites:

  • Java Development Kit (JDK) installed
  • An Integrated Development Environment (IDE) like Spring Tool Suite, IntelliJ IDEA, or Eclipse
  • Apache Maven or Gradle for build automation (we'll use Maven in this example)

Step 1: Install Java Development Kit (JDK)

Ensure you have the Java Development Kit (JDK) installed. Spring Boot applications are written in Java, so this is a fundamental requirement. You can download the latest JDK from the Oracle website or use OpenJDK.

After installation, verify your Java version by running the following command in your terminal:

java -version

Step 2: Install an Integrated Development Environment (IDE)

Choose an IDE that suits your preferences. Spring Tool Suite, IntelliJ IDEA, and Eclipse are popular choices. Install the IDE of your choice and ensure it's ready for Java development.

Step 3: Install Apache Maven

We'll use Apache Maven for this example. Download and install Maven from the official Maven website.

Verify your Maven installation by running the following command in your terminal:

mvn -version

Step 4: Create a Spring Boot Project

With your development environment set up, you can create your first Spring Boot project. You can do this manually or use Spring Initializr. Let's use Spring Initializr to create a sample project:

  1. Open your web browser and go to Spring Initializr.
  2. Configure your project settings, including the project name, package, and dependencies. For this example, add the "Spring Web" dependency.
  3. Click "Generate" to download the project as a ZIP file.
  4. Extract the ZIP file to your workspace.

Step 5: Import the Project into Your IDE

Open your IDE and import the project you created. For example, in Spring Tool Suite:

  1. Click "File" > "Import..."
  2. Select "Existing Maven Projects" and click "Next."
  3. Browse to the project directory and click "Finish" to import the project.

Step 6: Start Coding

Your Spring Boot development environment is now set up. You can start coding your Spring Boot application. Here's a simple "Hello, Spring Boot!" example:

import org.springframework.boot.SpringApplication;
import org.springframework.boot.autoconfigure.SpringBootApplication;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.GetMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RestController;
public class MySpringBootApplication {
public static void main(String[] args) {, args);
class HelloController {
public String sayHello() {
return "Hello, Spring Boot!";

Run your application, and you can access the "Hello, Spring Boot!" message at http://localhost:8080/hello.


You've successfully set up your Spring Boot development environment and created a simple Spring Boot project. Now you're ready to explore Spring Boot's features and build more complex applications.