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Docs: article - Deploy SB apps to CF with GitLab CI/CD

parent 863e372f
author: Dylan Griffith
author_gitlab: DylanGriffith
level: intermediary
article_type: tutorial
date: 2018-06-07
description: "Continuous Deployment of a Spring Boot application to Cloud Foundry with GitLab CI/CD"
# Deploy a Spring Boot application to Cloud Foundry with GitLab CI/CD
## Introduction
In this article, we'll demonstrate how to deploy a [Spring
Boot]( application to [Cloud
Foundry (CF)]( with GitLab CI/CD using the [Continuous
All the code for this project can be found in this [GitLab
In case you're interested in deploying Spring Boot applications to Kubernetes
using GitLab CI/CD, read through the blog post [Continuous Delivery of a Spring Boot application with GitLab CI and Kubernetes](
## Requirements
_We assume you are familiar with Java, GitLab, Cloud Foundry, and GitLab CI/CD._
To follow along with this tutorial you will need the following:
- An account on [Pivotal Web Services (PWS)]( or any
other Cloud Foundry instance
- An account on GitLab
NOTE: **Note:**
You will need to replace the `` URL in the all below
commands with the [API
URL]( of your CF
instance if you're not deploying to PWS.
## Create your project
To create your Spring Boot application you can use the Spring template in
GitLab when creating a new project:
![New Project From Template](img/create_from_template.png)
## Configure the deployment to Cloud Foundry
To deploy to Cloud Foundry we need to add a `manifest.yml` file. This
is the configuration for the CF CLI we will use to deploy the application. We
will create this in the root directory of our project with the following
- name: gitlab-hello-world
random-route: true
memory: 1G
path: target/demo-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
## Configure GitLab CI/CD to deploy your application
Now we need to add the the GitLab CI/CD configuration file
([`.gitlab-ci.yml`](../../yaml/ to our
project's root. This is how GitLab figures out what commands need to be run whenever
code is pushed to our repository. We will add the following `.gitlab-ci.yml`
file to the root directory of the repository, GitLab will detect it
automatically and run the steps defined once we push our code:
image: java:8
- build
- deploy
stage: build
script: ./mvnw package
- target/demo-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
stage: deploy
- curl --location "" | tar zx
- ./cf login -u $CF_USERNAME -p $CF_PASSWORD -a
- ./cf push
- master
We've used the `java:8` [docker
image](../../docker/ to build
our application as it provides the up-to-date Java 8 JDK on [Docker
Hub]( We've also added the [`only`
to ensure our deployments only happen when we push to the master branch.
Now, since the steps defined in `.gitlab-ci.yml` require credentials to login
to CF, you'll need to add your CF credentials as [environment
on GitLab CI/CD. To set the environment variables, navigate to your project's
**Settings > CI/CD** and expand **Secret Variables**. Name the variables
`CF_USERNAME` and `CF_PASSWORD` and set them to the correct values.
![Secret Variable Settings in GitLab](img/cloud_foundry_secret_variables.png)
Once set up, GitLab CI/CD will deploy your app to CF at every push to your
repository's deafult branch. To see the build logs or watch your builds running
live, navigate to **CI/CD > Pipelines**.
CAUTION: **Caution:**
It is considered best practice for security to create a separate deploy
user for your application and add its credentials to GitLab instead of using
a developer's credentials.
To start a manual deployment in GitLab go to **CI/CD > Pipelines** then click
on **Run Pipeline**. Once the app is finished deploying it will display the URL
of your application in the logs for the `production` job like:
requested state: started
instances: 1/1
usage: 1G x 1 instances
last uploaded: Mon Nov 6 10:02:25 UTC 2017
stack: cflinuxfs2
buildpack: client-certificate-mapper=1.2.0_RELEASE container-security-provider=1.8.0_RELEASE java-buildpack=v4.5-offline- java-main java-opts jvmkill-agent=1.10.0_RELEASE open-jdk-like-jre=1.8.0_1...
state since cpu memory disk details
#0 running 2017-11-06 09:03:22 PM 120.4% 291.9M of 1G 137.6M of 1G
You can then visit your deployed application (for this example, and you should
see the "Spring is here!" message.
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