Spring Boot and GitHub Actions provide an efficient way to automate workflows, such as building, testing, and deploying Spring Boot applications. This guide offers an introduction to integrating Spring Boot with GitHub Actions, explains the benefits of automation, and provides sample code with explanations for setting up automated workflows.

Why Use GitHub Actions with Spring Boot?

GitHub Actions is a cloud-based automation platform that allows you to build, test, and deploy your code directly from your GitHub repository. When integrated with Spring Boot, it offers several advantages:

  • Automated Workflows: GitHub Actions allows you to define custom workflows that trigger when code is pushed, commits are made, or pull requests are created. This automation can include building, testing, and deployment steps.
  • Integration with GitHub: GitHub Actions seamlessly integrates with your GitHub repositories, making it easy to set up and manage CI/CD pipelines without the need for external services.
  • Customizability: GitHub Actions workflows can be tailored to your specific project requirements, allowing for flexibility and automation in your development process.

Setting Up Automated Workflows with GitHub Actions

To set up automated workflows for your Spring Boot project with GitHub Actions, follow these steps:

  1. Create a GitHub Actions workflow file (e.g., `.github/workflows/build.yml`) in the root of your Spring Boot project.
# .github/workflows/build.yml
name: Build and Test
- main
runs-on: ubuntu-latest
- name: Checkout code
uses: actions/checkout@v2
- name: Set up JDK 11
uses: actions/setup-java@v2
java-version: 11
- name: Build with Maven
run: mvn -B package --file pom.xml
- name: Run Tests
run: mvn test

In this example, we define a workflow that triggers on pushes to the main branch, sets up JDK 11, builds the project with Maven, and runs tests. Adjust the workflow file according to your project's requirements.

  1. Commit and push the workflow file to your GitHub repository.
  1. GitHub Actions will automatically detect the workflow file and start the defined workflow whenever there are pushes to the main branch.


Spring Boot and GitHub Actions provide a powerful platform for automating workflows, making it easy to build, test, and deploy Spring Boot applications. This guide introduced the integration, explained the benefits of automation, and provided sample code for setting up automated workflows. As you delve deeper into workflow automation, you'll find that it significantly improves software development efficiency and reliability.