Spring Boot and Groovy is a powerful combination for scripting and rapid development in the Java ecosystem. This guide provides an introduction to integrating Spring Boot with Groovy, explains the basics of Groovy, and offers sample code with explanations for its implementation.

Why Use Groovy with Spring Boot?

Groovy is a dynamic, concise, and highly productive language that offers several advantages when integrated with Spring Boot:

  • Rapid Development: Groovy's concise syntax and dynamic typing speed up development and reduce boilerplate code.
  • Scripting Capabilities: Groovy supports scripting, allowing you to write scripts for automation and customization of your Spring Boot applications.
  • Seamless Integration: Spring Boot provides excellent support for Groovy, enabling seamless integration with the Java ecosystem.

Getting Started with Spring Boot and Groovy

To start scripting and developing with Spring Boot and Groovy, follow these steps:

  1. Create a Spring Boot project using the Spring Initializr or your preferred IDE.
  2. Add the Groovy dependency to your project's pom.xml (Maven) or build.gradle (Gradle) file:
<!-- Maven -->
// Gradle
dependencies {
implementation 'org.codehaus.groovy:groovy:3.0.9'
  1. Create a Groovy script or class to perform tasks, customize behavior, or extend your Spring Boot application. Groovy can be used alongside Java classes seamlessly.
// Example Groovy Script
println("Hello, Groovy!")
  1. You can run Groovy scripts directly or create a Groovy class and invoke it from your Spring Boot application. The flexibility of Groovy enables various use cases, such as writing custom Spring Boot configurations or automation scripts.
// Spring Boot Application Using Groovy
import org.springframework.boot.autoconfigure.SpringBootApplication
import org.springframework.boot.runApplication
class MySpringBootApp


Spring Boot and Groovy is a dynamic combination for scripting and rapid development. This guide introduced the integration, explained the benefits of Groovy, and provided sample code for writing Groovy scripts and classes within a Spring Boot application. As you explore this combination further, you'll find it valuable for tasks ranging from automation to customized application logic.