A.Mahdy AbdelAziz

Embedded Jetty Server in Vaadin Flow

This tutorial will teach you how to embed a Jetty server into your Vaadin Flow application. If you want to get started directly, you can download this demo and use it directly. In this tutorial we will go over the steps in details to deploy your existing Vaadin application with a Jetty server embedded into the Jar file. Not to confuse this with Spring Boot, we will not use Spring, but the build will produce a Jar file instead of a War.

In this tutorial, I will use the simple app as a reference. Your application should be more or less similar.

First make sure that the application deploys and works with no errors, using traditional methods such as mvn jetty:run.

Create the main class

We will need a runner class with the main method, so let’s start by creating a class App.java with the following content:

public class App {
  public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {


Update pom.xml

Few changes are needed in the pom.xml file as follows:


Change the packaging from war to jar:



In the <dependencies> add the Jetty server as a dependency as well as other needed Jetty dependencies:


Build plugins

In the <plugins> section of the <build>, remove the jetty-maven-plugin if it exists, and replace it with the maven-assembly-plugin:


This plugin will build the final Jar file with all dependencies included so that we won’t need classpath or any external libraries.

Notice the value of mainClass, this is the full path of the main class file created earlier that will be responsible for running the Jar file.

Build resources

We also need to define the resources directory to expose them to the front-end. In the <build> section add:


Where src/main is the location of the webapp folder that has the front-end resources.

Server configuration

Now let’s write some Java code responsible about running the server in the App.java. In the main method, define the web root URI pointing to the webapp folder.

URL webRootLocation = App.class.getResource("/webapp/");
URI webRootUri = webRootLocation.toURI();

As explained in the Build resources section, the above code means that webapp is located under src/main.

Followed by some boilerplate code responsible about defining the web app context, the server, and actually starting it:

WebAppContext context = new WebAppContext();
context.setAttribute("org.eclipse.jetty.server.webapp.ContainerIncludeJarPattern", ".*");
context.setConfigurations(new Configuration[]{
  new AnnotationConfiguration(),
  new WebInfConfiguration(),
  new WebXmlConfiguration(),
  new MetaInfConfiguration()
context.addEventListener(new ServletContextListeners());

Server server = new Server(8080);

The highlights from the previous code are context.setContextPath("/"); which should be changed to the context from which your which to serve your web application, and the server port of your choice Server server = new Server(8080);. They can be taken as parameters during initialization as well.

Running the application

A fresh mvn clean package should produce two Jar files in the target folder. The file with everything embedded ends with <app-name>-jar-with-dependencies.jar. Let’s run this file and test our work so far:

java -jar target/vaadin-flow-light-1.0-SNAPSHOT-jar-with-dependencies.jar


Embedding everything under one Jar file can be useful in many cases, but sometimes we need to optimize and remove unneeded dependencies that might make the final file big. In this tutorial I’ve provided the minimal dependencies needed to get the application to work, so feel free to remove from pom.xml file any dependency or profile that you don’t think you will need in the application. Here is a demo light version of Vaadin Flow as explained in this tutorial.

Source code on GitHub.

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Comments (11)

Martin Vyšný
1 year ago May 15, 2020 7:08am
Olaf van der Meer
2 years ago Jan 09, 2020 2:32pm
A.Mahdy AbdelAziz
3 years ago Mar 07, 2019 4:13pm
Andreas Lorang
3 years ago Mar 08, 2019 8:01am
A.Mahdy AbdelAziz
2 years ago Jun 17, 2019 10:05pm
Alexander Cherepanov
2 years ago Jul 09, 2019 7:24am
A.Mahdy AbdelAziz
2 years ago Jul 09, 2019 12:52pm