Starting a new Spring Boot project from scratch can be a daunting task. However, Spring Boot Initializr simplifies this process by providing an online tool to generate a project template with the required dependencies and configuration. In this tutorial, we'll walk you through using Spring Boot Initializr to kickstart your Spring Boot project.


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

Step 1: Access Spring Boot Initializr

Open your web browser and go to the Spring Boot Initializr website at This is the online tool that will help you generate your Spring Boot project.

Step 2: Configure Your Project

On the Spring Boot Initializr website, you'll see a user-friendly interface to configure your project:

  1. Project: Choose a project type. You can select "Maven Project" or "Gradle Project" based on your preference for build tools.
  2. Language: Choose the programming language for your project. Spring Boot supports Java, Kotlin, and Groovy.
  3. Spring Boot: Select the version of Spring Boot you want to use. You can choose the latest stable version or a specific one.
  4. Project Metadata: Enter the project's metadata, including the group, artifact, and package name. These are essential for identifying your project.
  5. Packaging: Choose the packaging type for your project, such as JAR or WAR.
  6. Java: Select the Java version you want to use for your project.
  7. Dependencies: This is where you specify the dependencies your project will use. You can search for dependencies like "Spring Web" or "Spring Data JPA" and add them to your project.

As you configure your project, the Spring Boot Initializr tool will generate a project structure based on your choices.

Step 3: Generate Your Project

After configuring your project, click the "Generate" button. This will generate a ZIP file containing your Spring Boot project template.

Step 4: Extract and Open Your Project

Once the ZIP file is downloaded, extract its contents to your preferred workspace. You can use a code editor or an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to open the project.

Step 5: Start Coding

Your Spring Boot project is now ready. You can start coding and building your 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.


Spring Boot Initializr is a valuable tool for quickly generating Spring Boot projects with the necessary configuration and dependencies. It saves time and streamlines the setup process, allowing you to focus on building your application.