How to use Spring and Cosmos DB with App Service on Linux

This article will walk you through the process of building, configuring, deploying, troubleshooting, and scaling Java Web apps in Azure App Service on Linux.

It will demonstrate the usage of the following components:


The following prerequisites are required in order to follow the steps in this article:

Clone the Sample Java Web App Repository

For this exercise you'll be using the Spring Todo app, which is a Java application built using Spring Boot, Spring Data for Cosmos DB and Azure Cosmos DB.

  1. Clone the Spring Todo app and copy the contents of the .prep folder to initialize the project:

    For bash:

    git clone --recurse-submodules
    yes | cp -rf .prep/* .

    For Windows:

    git clone --recurse-submodules
    cd e2e-java-experience-in-app-service-linux-part-2
    xcopy .prep /f /s /e /y
  2. Change the directory to the following folder in the cloned repo:

    cd initial\spring-todo-app

Create an Azure Cosmos DB from Azure CLI

The following procedure creates Azure Cosmos database using CLI.

  1. Login to your Azure CLI, and set your subscription id.

    az login
  2. Set the subscription id if needed.

    az account set -s <your-subscription-id>
  3. Create an Azure resource group, and write down the resource group name for later use.

    az group create -n <your-azure-group-name> \
    -l <your-resource-group-region>
  4. Create the Cosmos DB and specify the type as GlobalDocumentDB. The name of the Cosmos DB must use only lower case letters. Make sure to note the documentEndpoint field in the response. You'll need this later.

    az cosmosdb create --kind GlobalDocumentDB \
        -g <your-azure-group-name> \
        -n <your-azure-COSMOS-DB-name-in-lower-case-letters>
  5. Get your Azure Cosmos DB keys, record the primaryMasterKey value for later use.

    az cosmosdb keys list -g <your-azure-group-name> -n <your-azure-COSMOSDB-name>

Build and Run the App Locally

The following procedure runs the application on the development computer.

  1. Within your console of choice configure the environment variables shown in the following code sections with the Azure and Cosmos DB connection information you gathered previously in this article. You'll need to provide a unique name for WEBAPP_NAME and value for the REGION variables.

For Linux (Bash):

export COSMOS_URI=<put-your-COSMOS-DB-documentEndpoint-URI-here>
export COSMOS_KEY=<put-your-COSMOS-DB-primaryMasterKey-here>
export COSMOS_DATABASE=<put-your-COSMOS-DATABASE-name-here>
export RESOURCEGROUP_NAME=<put-your-resource-group-name-here>
export WEBAPP_NAME=<put-your-Webapp-name-here>
export REGION=<put-your-REGION-here>

For Windows (Command Prompt):

set COSMOS_URI=<put-your-COSMOS-DB-documentEndpoint-URI-here>
set COSMOS_KEY=<put-your-COSMOS-DB-primaryMasterKey-here>
set COSMOS_DATABASE=<put-your-COSMOS-DATABASE-name-here>
set RESOURCEGROUP_NAME=<put-your-resource-group-name-here>
set WEBAPP_NAME=<put-your-Webapp-name-here>
set REGION=<put-your-REGION-here>


If you'd like to provision these variables with a script, there is a template for Bash in the .prep directory that you can copy and use as a starting point.

  1. Change the directory to the following:

    cd initial/spring-todo-app
  2. Run the Spring Todo app locally with the following command:

    mvn package spring-boot:run
  3. Once the application has started,you can validate the deployment by accessing the Spring Todo app here: http://localhost:8080/.

Spring app running locally

Deploy to App Service Linux

The following procedure deploys the application to Linux on Azure.

  1. Open the pom.xml file that you previously copied to the initial/spring-todo-app directory of the repository. Ensure that the Maven Plugin for Azure App Service is included as seen in the pom.xml file below. If the version is not set to 1.14.0 then update the value.

    <!-- Deploy to Java SE in App Service Linux           -->
            <!-- Web App information -->
            <!-- Java Runtime Stack for Web App on Linux-->
                <javaVersion>Java 8</javaVersion>
                <webContainer>Java SE</webContainer>
  1. Deploy to Java SE in App Service Linux

    mvn azure-webapp:deploy
// Deploy
bash-3.2$ mvn azure-webapp:deploy
[INFO] Scanning for projects...
[INFO] -------< >--------
[INFO] Building spring-todo-app 2.0-SNAPSHOT
[INFO] --------------------------------[ jar ]---------------------------------
[INFO] --- azure-webapp-maven-plugin:1.14.0:deploy (default-cli) @ spring-todo-app ---
Auth type: AZURE_CLI
Default subscription: Consoto Subscription(subscription-id-xxx)
[INFO] Subscription: Consoto Subscription(subscription-id-xxx)
[INFO] Creating app service plan...
[INFO] Successfully created app service plan asp-spring-todo-app.
[INFO] Creating web app spring-todo-app...
[INFO] Successfully created Web App spring-todo-app.
[INFO] Trying to deploy artifact to spring-todo-app...
[INFO] Successfully deployed the artifact to
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time:  02:05 min
[INFO] Finished at: 2021-05-28T09:43:19+08:00
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  1. Browse to your web app running on Java SE in App Service Linux:


Spring app running in App Service on Linux

Troubleshoot Spring Todo App on Azure by Viewing Logs

The following procedure opens log files on Azure.

  1. Configure logs for the deployed Java Web app in Azure App Service in Linux:

    az webapp log config --name ${WEBAPP_NAME} \
     --resource-group ${RESOURCEGROUP_NAME} \
     --web-server-logging filesystem
  2. Open Java Web app remote log stream from a local machine:

    az webapp log tail --name ${WEBAPP_NAME} \
     --resource-group ${RESOURCEGROUP_NAME}
bash-3.2$ az webapp log tail --name ${WEBAPP_NAME}  --resource-group ${RESOURCEGROUP_NAME}
2021-05-28T01:46:08.000655632Z   _____                               
2021-05-28T01:46:08.000701432Z   /  _  \ __________ _________   ____  
2021-05-28T01:46:08.000708133Z  /  /_\  \___   /  |  \_  __ \_/ __ \ 
2021-05-28T01:46:08.000711733Z /    |    \/    /|  |  /|  | \/\  ___/ 
2021-05-28T01:46:08.000714933Z \____|__  /_____ \____/ |__|    \___  >
2021-05-28T01:46:08.000718233Z         \/      \/                  \/ 
2021-05-28T01:46:08.000721333Z A P P   S E R V I C E   O N   L I N U X
2021-05-28T01:46:08.000724233Z Documentation:
2021-05-28T01:46:18.925044188Z   .   ____          _            __ _ _
2021-05-28T01:46:18.925481392Z  /\\ / ___'_ __ _ _(_)_ __  __ _ \ \ \ \
2021-05-28T01:46:18.926004297Z ( ( )\___ | '_ | '_| | '_ \/ _` | \ \ \ \
2021-05-28T01:46:18.926587603Z  \\/  ___)| |_)| | | | | || (_| |  ) ) ) )
2021-05-28T01:46:18.926599403Z   '  |____| .__|_| |_|_| |_\__, | / / / /
2021-05-28T01:46:18.926841806Z  =========|_|==============|___/=/_/_/_/
2021-05-28T01:46:18.931157849Z  :: Spring Boot ::                (v2.4.5)
2021-05-28T01:46:29.842553633Z 2021-05-28 01:46:29.842  INFO 124 --- [           main]   : Started TodoApplication in 12.635 seconds (JVM running for 17.664)
2021-05-28T01:46:30.477951594Z 2021-05-28 01:46:30.477  INFO 124 --- [p-nio-80-exec-1] o.a.c.c.C.[Tomcat].[localhost].[/]       : Initializing Spring DispatcherServlet 'dispatcherServlet'
2021-05-28T01:46:30.483316162Z 2021-05-28 01:46:30.483  INFO 124 --- [p-nio-80-exec-1] o.s.web.servlet.DispatcherServlet        : Initializing Servlet 'dispatcherServlet'
2021-05-28T01:46:30.485411088Z 2021-05-28 01:46:30.484  INFO 124 --- [p-nio-80-exec-1] o.s.web.servlet.DispatcherServlet        : Completed initialization in 0 ms
2021-05-28T01:47:19.683003828Z 2021-05-28 01:47:19.682  INFO 124 --- [p-nio-80-exec-9] c.a.s.s.controller.TodoListController    : GET request access '/api/todolist' path.
2021-05-28T01:47:26.069984388Z 2021-05-28 01:47:26.069  INFO 124 --- [-nio-80-exec-10] c.a.s.s.controller.TodoListController    : POST request access '/api/todolist' path with item: Milk
2021-05-28T01:47:26.649080678Z 2021-05-28 01:47:26.648  INFO 124 --- [p-nio-80-exec-1] c.a.s.s.controller.TodoListController    : GET request access '/api/todolist' path.
  1. When you are finished, you can check your results against the code in e2e-java-experience-in-app-service-linux-part-2/complete.

Scale out the Spring Todo App

Use the following procedure to scale the application.

  1. Scale out Java Web app using Azure CLI:

    az appservice plan update --number-of-workers 2 \
      --name ${WEBAPP_PLAN_NAME} \
      --resource-group ${RESOURCEGROUP_NAME}

Next steps

Additional Resources

For more information about using Spring Boot applications on Azure, see the following articles:

For more information about using Azure with Java, see the Azure for Java Developers and the Working with Azure DevOps and Java.

The Spring Framework is an open-source solution that helps Java developers create enterprise-level applications. One of the more-popular projects that is built on top of that platform is Spring Boot, which provides a simplified approach for creating stand-alone Java applications. To help developers get started with Spring Boot, several sample Spring Boot packages are available at In addition to choosing from the list of basic Spring Boot projects, the Spring Initializr helps developers get started with creating custom Spring Boot applications.