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Hawtio with Spring Boot

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    James Netherton

The recent Hawtio 2.3.0 release added support for Spring Boot 2. What follows is a demonstration of how to embed Hawtio into your Spring Boot applications.

Getting started

Assuming you have an existing Spring Boot application, simply add the hawtio-springboot dependency.


Hawtio runs as a Spring Boot management endpoint. Therefore, we need to enable it along with Jolokia in the application configuration.

To keep things simple, we'll also disable Hawtio authentication.


Or if you prefer YAML.

        include: "hawtio,jolokia"
    authenticationEnabled: false

Now run the application.

mvn spring-boot:run

Open a browser to http://localhost:8080/actuator/hawtio and you should see the Hawtio web console.

Hawtio Spring Boot Plugin

The Hawtio Spring Boot plugin provides functionality to interact with some of the Spring Boot actuator endpoints via JMX.


Displays the current health status of the application together with details returned from any Spring Boot health checks.

Spring Boot Health


Lists all of the available loggers in the application. You can modify the level of a logger and the changes will take effect immediately.

Spring Boot Loggers


Lists any HTTP traces for your application and lets you view information about the request / response such as headers, time taken etc.

Spring Boot HTTP Traces

Additional Configuration

There are a few ways to customize Hawtio on Spring Boot.

Custom Hawtio Endpoint Path

You can use some of the following properties to customize the Hawtio endpoint path.

# Sets the context path for the application

# Sets the context path for management endpoints
# Note: Requires a custom management.server.port

# Sets the actuator base path

# Sets the Hawtio endpoint base path
Customize Jolokia Access

By placing a jolokia-access.xml file in src/main/resources you can add restrictions on how hosts interact with the Jolokia endpoint.

Spring Boot 1 Support

If you need support for Spring Boot 1, the setup process is mostly identical. The hawtio-springboot dependency should be changed to hawtio-springboot-1.


Some of the Spring Boot configuration property names will be different. Refer to the Spring Boot 1 documentation for more information.

Example Applications

The Hawtio project has some example Spring Boot applications which demonstrate how to configure authentication and how to integrate with other frameworks like Apache Camel.


Hopefully this was a good introduction of how Spring Boot integration works in Hawtio. If you have feedback, we'd love to hear about it! Feel free to open an issue or raise a pull request if you'd like to contribute.