🏠Spring BootSpring Boot Actuator Info endpoint – Complete Guide

Spring Boot Actuator Info endpoint – Complete Guide

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In this post, we will take a look at the spring boot actuator info endpoint. And also how to customize it to show build info, git commit info and extra info from the environment.

Spring Boot Actuator Dependency

First, you need to add the dependency for actuator.

<dependency> <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId> <artifactId>spring-boot-starter-actuator</artifactId> </dependency>
Code language: HTML, XML (xml)

Once added, you can open the /actuator/info endpoint and you should ideally see an empty JSON response.

by default, the endpoint doesn’t show any information

Adding data to Info Endpoint

The info endpoint is public by default and hence you should only expose the details that are not sensitive. Let’s see how you can add data to this info API endpoint.

Adding application info

Also known as Environment info, you can pass info to this endpoint directly from application configuration files. And here is a straightforward example.

info.application.name=HelloWorld info.application.description=A Demo for Spring Boot hello World! info.application.author.name= Homer Simpson info.application.author.bio= Nuclear Safety Inspector, Former Technical Supervisor
Code language: Properties (properties)

Note that the JSON is a nested object as we defined them like an object with dots.

Adding Build info

If you want to add the build version to the info endpoint, then the application.properties won’t cut it. Also, changing the application.properties on each build takes effort. Spring boot handles this by loading data from META-INF/build-info.properties file if it is present in the JAR file.

To create the build-info.properties file, you should first change the spring-boot-maven-plugin settings as shown below.

<plugin> <groupId>org.springframework.boot</groupId> <artifactId>spring-boot-maven-plugin</artifactId> <executions> <execution> <goals> <goal>build-info</goal> </goals> </execution> </executions> </plugin>
Code language: HTML, XML (xml)

Here, the build-info goal will generate the META-INF/build-info.properties. Subsequently, the BuildInfoContributor will load info from the file.

build information in actuator endpoint

The build info will only show up if you run the application as a JAR file. This is due to the META-INF/build-info.properties only available after maven build.

Adding GIT Commit info

To generate git related data, we need to use git-commit-id-plugin. And, This is how you should configure the plugin.

<plugin> <groupId>pl.project13.maven</groupId> <artifactId>git-commit-id-plugin</artifactId> <configuration> <failOnNoGitDirectory>false</failOnNoGitDirectory> </configuration> </plugin>
Code language: HTML, XML (xml)

This plugin will create a git.properties file under classpath. Later when the application starts, GitInfoContributor will load data from this file.

As you see in this screenshot, the info endpoint now includes VCS info.

Here, the failOnNoGitDirectory parameter is important otherwise you will get the following error.

.git directory could not be found! Please specify a valid [dotGitDirectory] in your pom.xml

You can control how much git info is shown using the following setting. However, I advise you not to show full info as they might contain sensitive info like author email, hostname etc.

Code language: Properties (properties)

Providing Custom Info Contributor

Importantly, You can provide your InfoContributor bean and it will be picked by spring boot.

@Bean InfoContributor getInfoContributor() { Map<String, Object> details = new HashMap<>(); details.put("name", "SpringHow"); details.put("website", "https://springhow.com/"); Map<String, Object> wrapper = new HashMap<>(); wrapper.put("org", details); return new MapInfoContributor(wrapper); }
Code language: Java (java)

Note that I wrapped the details in another map to organize them in an object structure. Similarly, you can provide as many InfoContributor as you want.

Controlling info endpoint

To disable the endpoint completely, you should use the following configuration.

Code language: Properties (properties)

Also, you can disable individual contributors as shown below.

management.info.build.enabled=true management.info.git.enabled=true management.info.env.enabled=true
Code language: Properties (properties)

Along with these, the following will disable all default contributors. However, the custom info contributors will still be available.

Code language: Properties (properties)

Build and Git info as Beans

The InfoContributorAutoConfiguration exposes the build and git info as beans. Thus we can autowire them wherever we want and use them as normal beans.

@Autowired private BuildProperties buildProperties; @Autowired private GitProperties gitProperties; @GetMapping("/build-info") public BuildProperties getBuildProperties(){ return buildProperties; } @GetMapping("/git-info") public GitProperties getGitProperties(){ return gitProperties; }
Code language: Java (java)


So far, We now learned about the spring boot actuator info endpoint. And also, You can find the reference project at this GitHub repository.

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