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 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 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 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>
<h3>Movie : ${movie} , DI message : ${message}</h3>

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=""

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 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 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 gae spring deploy on production environment

Download Source Code

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

Download – (12 KB)

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