Bootstrapping Camunda with Spring Boot – Minimal Configuration.

Creating and kicking off a Spring Boot application with embedded Camunda Engine, Task List, Cockpit, and Admin web applications is simple yet very useful for new or experienced Camunda developers when a fast and zero-configuration environment is needed.

The source code presented in this post may be found in this GitHub repository.

Camunda Web Apps Welcome Page

1. Creating A Maven Java Project

The easiest way to have Camunda running in your environment is to create a Maven project with Spring Boot. Let’s see what we will need in the following steps.

1.1 Create the project folder structure

├─ src/
│  ├─ main/
│  │  ├─ java/
│  │  │  ├─ com/
│  │  │  │  ├─ my-camunda-app/
│  │  │  │  │  ├─
│  │  ├─ resources/
│  │  │  ├─ application.yaml
│  │  │  ├─ process.bpmn
├─ pom.xml

1.2 Create the project folder structure

Create a basic pom.xml file and add into it the three following tags:





2. Create The Spring Boot Yaml Configuration

This file holds configurations passed to Spring Boot and Camunda engine. We will configure it with the most basic configurations: h2 as the database and basic authentication.

spring.datasource.url: jdbc:h2:file:./camunda-h2-database

  id: demo
  password: demo

3. Create a Spring Boot Application Java class

This file is the main Spring Boot application class.

import org.springframework.boot.SpringApplication;
import org.springframework.boot.autoconfigure.SpringBootApplication;
public class Application {

  public static void main(String... args) {, args);

4. Create a process.BPMN file

Download and install Camunda Modeler, create a simple executable process and save it into the resources folder.

5. Building And Running The Application

Open a command prompt, navigate into the project folder and run the following command. This will kick off the spring boot application.

mvn spring-boot:run

Now, open your browser at http://localhost:8080. You should be seeing the Camunda web apps login form on the screen. Provide user and password as you configured in the application.yaml file: username: demo; password: demo

After login in, you should be able to navigate through the 3 Camunda Web Apps: Tasklist, Cockpit, and Admin.

6. Conclusion

And that is it—a very simple Camunda bootstrapping with Spring Boot.


Building an Application with Spring Boot
Maven in 5 minutes
Get started with Camunda and Spring Boot

The source code presented in this post may be found at this GitHub repository.

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