SpringBlog is a very simple and clean-design blog system implemented with Spring Boot.
It’s one of my learning projects to explore awesome features in Spring Boot web programming. You can check my blog
site for demo https://raysmond.com.

SpringBlog is powered by many powerful frameworks and third-party projects:

  • Spring Boot and many of Spring familiy (e.g. Spring MVC, Spring JPA, Spring Secruity and etc)
  • Hibernate + MySQL
  • HikariCP - A solid high-performance JDBC connection pool
  • Bootstrap - A very popular and responsive front-end framework
  • Pegdown - A pure-java markdown processor
  • ACE Editor - A high performance code editor which I use to write posts and code.
  • Pygments - A python library for highlighting code syntax
  • Jade4j - Jade is an elegant template language.
  • Redis - A very powerful in-memory data cache server.


Before development, please install the following service software:

Edit the spring config profile src/main/resources/application.yml according to your settings.

And start MySQL and Redis first before running the application.

# If you're using Ubuntu server

# Install MySQL
apt-get install mysql-server
service mysql start
mysql -u root -p
>> create database spring_blog;

# Install Python pygments
apt-get install python-pip
pip install pygments
# If you want to enable redis cache
# Install redis server first, you can find instructions
# from https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-and-use-redis
service redis_6379 start

This is a Gradle project. Make sure Gradle is installed in your machine.
Try gradle -v command. Otherwise install in from http://www.gradle.org/.
I recommend you import the source code into Intellij IDE to edit the code.

# Start the web application
./gradlew bootRun

Import into Intellij IDEA

How to import the project into Intellij IDEA and run from the IDE?

  1. Clone the project
    git clone https://github.com/Raysmond/SpringBlog.git
  2. Download all dependencies
    cd SpringBlog
    ./gradlew idea
  3. Open the project in Intellij IDEA.
  4. Run SpringBlogApplication.java as Java application.
  5. Preview: http://localhost:8080
    Admin: http://localhost:8080/admin , the default admin account is: admin, password: admin

Lombok is required to run the project. You can install the plugin in Intellij IDEA.
Reference: https://github.com/mplushnikov/lombok-intellij-plugin

  • Build application jar ./gradlew build, then upload the distribution jar (e.g. build/libs/SpringBlog-0.1.jar) to your remote server.
  • Upload application-production.yml to your server and change it according to your server settings.
  • Run it (Java8 is a must)

java -jar SpringBlog-0.1.jar --spring.profiles.active=prod # OR with external spring profile file java -jar SpringBlog-0.1.jar --spring.config.location=application-production.yml


  • [ ] Upgrade frontend framework to Bootstrap4
  • [ ] Replace Jade with Thymeleaf(HTML)
  • [ ] Frontend building tools, e.g. webpack
  • [ ] Use hibernate 2nd level cache (EHCache?)
  • [ ] Markdown preview while editing
  • [ ] Html editor


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