Spring Boot - Using Groovy View

[Updated: Jan 11, 2018, Created: Jan 11, 2018]

To use Groovy in Spring Boot application, we just need to include spring-boot-starter-groovy-templates dependency and place the template file under src/main/resources/templates/ directory. The rest of the configurations is done automatically by Spring Boot. Also check out our Groovy example with plain MVC.


Maven dependencies


<project .....>

Groovy Template File


yieldUnescaped '<!DOCTYPE html>'
html(lang:'en') {
    head {
        meta('http-equiv':'"Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"')
        title('My page')
    body {
        h2 ('A Groovy View with Spring MVC + Spring Boot')
        div ("msg: $msg")
        div ("time: $time")

Spring MVC Controller

public class MyController {

  public String handleRequest(Model model) {
      model.addAttribute("msg", "A message from the controller");
      return "my-page";

Spring boot main class

public class ExampleMain {

  public static void main(String[] args) throws InterruptedException {, args);

To try examples, run spring-boot maven plugin (configured in pom.xml of example project below):

mvn spring-boot:run

We can also run the main class from our IDE.


Example Project

Dependencies and Technologies Used:

  • spring-boot-starter-groovy-templates 1.5.9.RELEASE: Starter for building MVC web applications using Groovy Templates views.
    Corresponding Spring version: 4.3.13.RELEASE
  • JDK 1.8
  • Maven 3.3.9

Spring Boot - Groovy View Example Select All Download
  • spring-boot-Groovy-example
    • src
      • main
        • java
          • com
            • logicbig
              • example
        • resources
          • templates

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