Google App Engine + Spring 3 MVC REST example

In this tutorial, we will show you how to develop and deploy a Spring 3.0 MVC REST web application in Google App Engine (GAE) environment.

Tools and technologies used :

  1. Google App Engine Java SDK
  2. Spring 3.1.1
  3. JDK 1.6
  4. Eclipse 3.7 + Google Plugin for Eclipse
This example is going to reuse this Spring 3 MVC REST example, modify it and integrate with Google App Engine, you may also interest to read this – GAE + Java + Eclipse example

1. New Web Application Project

In Eclipse, create a new Web Application project, named as “SpringMVCGoogleAppEngine“.

gae spring new web application

The “Google Plugin for Eclipse” will generate a sample of GAE project structure.

2. Spring 3.0 Dependencies

To use Spring MVC + REST in GAE, you need following jars

  1. aopalliance-1.0.jar
  2. commons-logging-1.1.1.jar
  3. spring-aop-3.1.1.RELEASE.jar
  4. spring-asm-3.1.1.RELEASE.jar
  5. spring-beans-3.1.1.RELEASE.jar
  6. spring-context-3.1.1.RELEASE.jar
  7. spring-context-support-3.1.1.RELEASE.jar
  8. spring-core-3.1.1.RELEASE.jar
  9. spring-expression-3.1.1.RELEASE.jar
  10. spring-web-3.1.1.RELEASE.jar
  11. spring-webmvc-3.1.1.RELEASE.jar

Copy and put it in “war/WEB-INF/lib” folder.

gae spring dependency library

Add it to your project’s build path as well – right click on project folder, select “Properties“. Select “Java Build Path” -> “Libraries” tab, click “Add Jars” button and select above jars.

gae spring java build path

3. Spring Controller

3.1 Delete auto generated, you don’t need this.

3.2 Create a bean, act as controller in REST structure. In addition, DI a message into the “message” property.

File : src/com/mkyong/

package com.mkyong.controller;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Controller;
import org.springframework.ui.ModelMap;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.PathVariable;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMethod;
public class MovieController {
	//DI via Spring
	String message;
	@RequestMapping(value="/{name}", method = RequestMethod.GET)
	public String getMovie(@PathVariable String name, ModelMap model) {
		model.addAttribute("movie", name);
		model.addAttribute("message", this.message);
		//return to jsp page, configured in mvc-dispatcher-servlet.xml, view resolver
		return "list";
	public void setMessage(String message) {
		this.message = message;

4. JSP Pages

Create a list.jsp page, display the result.

File : war/list.jsp

	<h1>GAE + Spring 3 MVC REST example</h1>
	<h2>Movie : ${movie} , DI message : ${message}</h2>	

5. Spring Configuration

Create a Spring XML bean configuration file, define the beans and view resolver.

File : war/WEB-INF/mvc-dispatcher-servlet.xml

<beans xmlns=""
	xsi:schemaLocation="    ">
		Need DI a message into controller, so auto component scan is disabled, 
		to avoid double create the movieController bean.
                Only controller need this hack.
	<context:component-scan base-package="com.mkyong.controller">
		<context:exclude-filter type="regex"
			expression="com.mkyong.controller.Movie.*" />
	<mvc:annotation-driven />
	<!-- Bean to show you Di in GAE, via Spring, also init the MovieController -->
	<bean class="com.mkyong.controller.MovieController">
		<property name="message">
			<value>Hello World</value>
		<property name="prefix">
		<property name="suffix">

6. web.xml

Update web.xml, integrate Spring framework.

File : war/WEB-INF/web.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<web-app xmlns:xsi=""
xsi:schemaLocation="" version="2.5">

7. Directory Structure

Review the final directory structure.

gae spring final directory structure

8. Run on Local

Right click on the project, run as “Web Application“.

URL : http://localhost:8888/movie/Avengers

gae spring deploy on local development environemnt

9. Deploy on GAE

Update appengine-web.xml file, add your App Engine application ID.

File : war/WEB-INF/appengine-web.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<appengine-web-app xmlns="">
    <property name="java.util.logging.config.file" 

Select project, click on Google icon, “Deploy to App Engine“.


gae spring deploy on production environment

Download Source Code

Due to large file size, all Spring and GAE jars are excluded.

Download – (12 KB)


  1. Spring 3.0 beans reference
  2. REST explains Wikipedia
  3. Google App Engine + Java + Google Plugin for eclipse example
  4. Spring 3 MVC hello world example
  5. Spring 3 REST hello world example
  6. Google Add Engine Java doc
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  • Raj


    Can you pls write a tutorial on how to consume external JSON REST service from your app deployed in Google App Engine. Say, you have a Spring web app which displays weather information based on the city name by calling the JSON services.

    Thanks in advance.


  • Steve

    Hi mkyong,

    Could you please explain a little more what the following lines in mvc-dispatcher-servlet.xml are doing? You mentioned it stopping a double creation of the movieController bean but I didn’t quite understand why it would be created twice.



    • Steve

      Ah my code paste was removed. I’m referring to the context:component-scan and mvc:annotation-driven tags. Thanks.

  • Mani


    I tried your tutorial but this is not working. I got the below error.

    HTTP ERROR: 503
    Problem accessing /movie/Avengers. Reason:

    Can you please help me to solve this issue


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  • sachin


    Thanks for good tutorial.
    I want to know GAE is support for Hibernate or not.
    Thank you.

    • Rajesh Murli Mirchandani

      It is not supported.
      Have a look to

  • Bahador

    Perfect, clean, and robust tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nick Kaye

    My IDE is JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA and I’m trying to deploy to the local App Engine development server from the SDK. I was receiving a “could not locate artifacts/…/appengine-web.xml” error on run. The fix is based on

    In IntelliJ IDEA, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S and look in the “Facets” project settings on the left. You will have already setup a “web:war exploded” Facet and simply need to add appengine-web.xml and web.xml to the list of files in the Output Layout.

  • Sudha

    Hi Mkyong,

    I need your help. I have a requirement in that I have to use AOP framework on both a client and server side. Here the client is android cellphone and server is GAE. What I want to do is need to offload a part of the android module to cloud for computation which consumes lots of battery, power and memory or else it will be run in android cellphone itself. please give some suggestions how to go about it. Thank you.

  • http://f w

    works on local, but doesn’t work when deployed to GAE!

    • http://f w

      sorry, used to wrong spring jars. changed to correct ones as mentioned by Mr Yong, now its working, thanks!

  • http://[email protected] Miguel

    Here are the Jars, just downloaded from Maven repositories.

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  • Jeremiah Miller

    Thanks for this tutorial. It’s exactly what I needed and worked as described. As a side note, for Step 2 (Spring 3.0 Dependencies), I found the necessary jars on maven.

    • bar

      hey ,
      im looking for this jars .
      can u please send me link or tell me how to get them .

      • Jeremiah Miller

        The jars themselves are hosted on but sites like and provide links and background info for these files. Just google the name of one of the jars and you’ll see these third-party sites that link to the downloads from Hope this helps.

  • Thakur Parveen

    I am a Java Er. and I want to read more on web services please suggest me….

  • tony

    Thanks for your example, look forward to using it…but was wondering if based on your experience, is there a best rest framework to rely upon ? i.e. spring mvc rest vs. spring rest templates vs. gae spring server…and nice to have would be control over format of serialized objects….
    Thanks again.

    • tony

      i meant gae rest server not spring server

      • Dana

        spring rest will be portable across platforms, in case you decide to scrap GAE, anyway.

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