Quarkus - Creating Your First Application

Learn how to create a Hello World Quarkus app. This guide covers:

  • Bootstrapping an application

  • Creating a JAX-RS endpoint

  • Injecting beans

  • Functional tests

  • Packaging of the application

1. Prerequisites

To complete this guide, you need:

  • less than 15 minutes

  • an IDE

  • JDK 8 or 11+ installed with JAVA_HOME configured appropriately

  • Apache Maven 3.6.2+

Verify Maven is using the Java you expect

If you have multiple JDK’s installed it is not certain Maven will pick up the expected java and you could end up with unexpected results. You can verify which JDK Maven uses by running mvn --version.

2. Architecture

In this guide, we create a straightforward application serving a hello endpoint. To demonstrate dependency injection, this endpoint uses a greeting bean.


This guide also covers the testing of the endpoint.

3. Solution

We recommend that you follow the instructions from Bootstrapping project and onwards to create the application step by step.

However, you can go right to the completed example.

Download an archive or clone the git repository:

git clone https://github.com/quarkusio/quarkus-quickstarts.git

The solution is located in the getting-started directory.

4. Bootstrapping the project

The easiest way to create a new Quarkus project is to open a terminal and run the following command:

For Linux & MacOS users

mvn io.quarkus:quarkus-maven-plugin:1.12.0.Final:create \
    -DprojectGroupId=org.acme \
    -DprojectArtifactId=getting-started \
    -DclassName="org.acme.getting.started.GreetingResource" \
cd getting-started

For Windows users

  • If using cmd , (don’t use backward slash \)

mvn io.quarkus:quarkus-maven-plugin:1.12.0.Final:create -DprojectGroupId=org.acme -DprojectArtifactId=getting-started -DclassName="org.acme.getting.started.GreetingResource" -Dpath="/hello"
  • If using Powershell , wrap -D parameters in double quotes

mvn io.quarkus:quarkus-maven-plugin:1.12.0.Final:create "-DprojectGroupId=org.acme" "-DprojectArtifactId=getting-started" "-DclassName=org.acme.getting.started.GreetingResource" "-Dpath=/hello"

It generates the following in ./getting-started:

  • the Maven structure

  • an org.acme.getting.started.GreetingResource resource exposed on /hello

  • an associated unit test

  • a landing page that is accessible on http://localhost:8080 after starting the application

  • example Dockerfile files for both native and jvm modes in src/main/docker

  • the application configuration file

Once generated, look at the pom.xml. You will find the import of the Quarkus BOM, allowing you to omit the version on the different Quarkus dependencies. In addition, you can see the quarkus-maven-plugin responsible of the packaging of the application and also providing the development mode.



If we focus on the dependencies section, you can see the extension allowing the development of REST applications:


4.1. The JAX-RS resources

During the project creation, the src/main/java/org/acme/getting/started/GreetingResource.java file has been created with the following content:

package org.acme.getting.started;

import javax.ws.rs.GET;
import javax.ws.rs.Path;
import javax.ws.rs.Produces;
import javax.ws.rs.core.MediaType;

public class GreetingResource {

    public String hello() {
        return "hello";

It’s a very simple REST endpoint, returning "hello" to requests on "/hello".

Differences with vanilla JAX-RS

With Quarkus, there is no need to create an Application class. It’s supported, but not required. In addition, only one instance of the resource is created and not one per request. You can configure this using the different *Scoped annotations (ApplicationScoped, RequestScoped, etc).

5. Running the application

Now we are ready to run our application. Use: ./mvnw compile quarkus:dev:

$ ./mvnw compile quarkus:dev
[INFO] --------------------< org.acme:getting-started >---------------------
[INFO] Building getting-started 1.0.0-SNAPSHOT
[INFO] --------------------------------[ jar ]---------------------------------
[INFO] --- maven-resources-plugin:2.6:resources (default-resources) @ getting-started ---
[INFO] Using 'UTF-8' encoding to copy filtered resources.
[INFO] skip non existing resourceDirectory /Users/starksm/Dev/JBoss/Quarkus/starksm64-quarkus-quickstarts/getting-started/src/main/resources
[INFO] --- maven-compiler-plugin:3.1:compile (default-compile) @ getting-started ---
[INFO] Changes detected - recompiling the module!
[INFO] Compiling 2 source files to /Users/starksm/Dev/JBoss/Quarkus/starksm64-quarkus-quickstarts/getting-started/target/classes
[INFO] --- quarkus-maven-plugin:<version>:dev (default-cli) @ getting-started ---
Listening for transport dt_socket at address: 5005
2019-02-28 17:05:22,347 INFO  [io.qua.dep.QuarkusAugmentor] (main) Beginning quarkus augmentation
2019-02-28 17:05:22,635 INFO  [io.qua.dep.QuarkusAugmentor] (main) Quarkus augmentation completed in 288ms
2019-02-28 17:05:22,770 INFO  [io.quarkus] (main) Quarkus started in 0.668s. Listening on: http://localhost:8080
2019-02-28 17:05:22,771 INFO  [io.quarkus] (main) Installed features: [cdi, resteasy]

Once started, you can request the provided endpoint:

$ curl -w "\n" http://localhost:8080/hello

Hit CTRL+C to stop the application, or keep it running and enjoy the blazing fast hot-reload.

Automatically add newline with curl -w "\n"

We are using curl -w "\n" in this example to avoid your terminal printing a '%' or put both result and next command prompt on the same line.

6. Using injection

Dependency injection in Quarkus is based on ArC which is a CDI-based dependency injection solution tailored for Quarkus' architecture. If you’re new to CDI then we recommend you to read the Introduction to CDI guide.

Quarkus only implements a subset of the CDI features and comes with non-standard features and specific APIS, you can learn more about it in the Contexts and Dependency Injection guide.

ArC comes as a dependency of quarkus-resteasy so you already have it handy.

Let’s modify the application and add a companion bean. Create the src/main/java/org/acme/getting/started/GreetingService.java file with the following content:

package org.acme.getting.started;

import javax.enterprise.context.ApplicationScoped;

public class GreetingService {

    public String greeting(String name) {
        return "hello " + name;


Edit the GreetingResource class to inject the GreetingService and create a new endpoint using it:

package org.acme.getting.started;

import javax.inject.Inject;
import javax.ws.rs.GET;
import javax.ws.rs.Path;
import javax.ws.rs.Produces;
import javax.ws.rs.core.MediaType;

import org.jboss.resteasy.annotations.jaxrs.PathParam;

public class GreetingResource {

    GreetingService service;

    public String greeting(@PathParam String name) {
        return service.greeting(name);

    public String hello() {
        return "hello";

If you stopped the application, restart the application with ./mvnw compile quarkus:dev. Then check that the endpoint returns hello quarkus as expected:

$ curl -w "\n" http://localhost:8080/hello/greeting/quarkus
hello quarkus

7. Development Mode

quarkus:dev runs Quarkus in development mode. This enables hot deployment with background compilation, which means that when you modify your Java files and/or your resource files and refresh your browser, these changes will automatically take effect. This works too for resource files like the configuration property file. Refreshing the browser triggers a scan of the workspace, and if any changes are detected, the Java files are recompiled and the application is redeployed; your request is then serviced by the redeployed application. If there are any issues with compilation or deployment an error page will let you know.

This will also listen for a debugger on port 5005. If you want to wait for the debugger to attach before running you can pass -Dsuspend on the command line. If you don’t want the debugger at all you can use -Ddebug=false.

8. Testing

All right, so far so good, but wouldn’t it be better with a few tests, just in case.

In the generated pom.xml file, you can see 2 test dependencies:


Quarkus supports Junit 5 tests. Because of this, the version of the Surefire Maven Plugin must be set, as the default version does not support Junit 5:


We also set the java.util.logging system property to make sure tests will use the correct logmanager and maven.home to ensure that custom configuration from ${maven.home}/conf/settings.xml is applied (if any).

The generated project contains a simple test. Edit the src/test/java/org/acme/getting/started/GreetingResourceTest.java to match the following content:

package org.acme.getting.started;

import io.quarkus.test.junit.QuarkusTest;
import org.junit.jupiter.api.Test;

import java.util.UUID;

import static io.restassured.RestAssured.given;
import static org.hamcrest.CoreMatchers.is;

public class GreetingResourceTest {

    @Test    (1)
    public void testHelloEndpoint() {
             .statusCode(200)    (2)

    public void testGreetingEndpoint() {
        String uuid = UUID.randomUUID().toString();
          .pathParam("name", uuid)
            .body(is("hello " + uuid));

1 By using the QuarkusTest runner, you instruct JUnit to start the application before the tests.
2 Check the HTTP response status code and content

These tests use RestAssured, but feel free to use your favorite library.

You can run these using Maven:

./mvnw test

You can also run the test from your IDE directly (be sure you stopped the application first).

By default, tests will run on port 8081 so as not to conflict with the running application. We automatically configure RestAssured to use this port. If you want to use a different client you should use the @TestHTTPResource annotation to directly inject the URL of the tested application into a field on the test class. This field can be of the type String, URL or URI. This annotation can also be given a value for the test path. For example, if I want to test a Servlet mapped to /myservlet I would just add the following to my test:

URL testUrl;

The test port can be controlled via the quarkus.http.test-port config property. Quarkus also creates a system property called test.url that is set to the base test URL for situations where you cannot use injection.

9. Working with multi-module project or external modules

Quarkus heavily utilizes Jandex at build time, to discover various classes or annotations. One immediately recognizable application of this, is CDI bean discovery. As a result, most of the Quarkus extensions will not work properly if this build time discovery isn’t properly setup.

This index is created by default on the project on which Quarkus is configured for, thanks to our Maven and Gradle plugins.

However, when working with a multi-module project, be sure to read the Working with multi-module projects section of the Maven or Gradle guides.

If you plan to use external modules (for example, an external library for all your domain objects), you will need to make these modules known to the indexing process either by adding the Jandex plugin (if you can modify them) or via the quarkus.index-dependency property inside your application.properties (useful in cases where you can’t modify the module).

Be sure to read the Bean Discovery section of the CDI guide for more information.

10. Packaging and run the application

The application is packaged using ./mvnw package. It produces several outputs in /target:

  • getting-started-1.0.0-SNAPSHOT.jar - containing just the classes and resources of the projects, it’s the regular artifact produced by the Maven build - it is not the runnable jar;

  • the quarkus-app directory which contains the quarkus-run.jar jar file - being an executable jar. Be aware that it’s not an über-jar as the dependencies are copied into subdirectories of quarkus-app/lib/.

You can run the application using: java -jar target/quarkus-app/quarkus-run.jar

If you want to deploy your application soemwhere (typically in a container), you need to deploy the whole quarkus-app directory.
Before running the application, don’t forget to stop the hot reload mode (hit CTRL+C), or you will have a port conflict.

10.1. Using fast-jar

The previous section assumes that the configuration property quarkus.package.type has either not been configured explicitly, or that it has been set to legacy-jar (in application.properties or any of the other supported configuration sources). When the property has been set to fast-jar (which will become in Quarkus 1.12), then the result of executing ./mvnw package is a new directory under target named quarkus-app.

You can run the application using: java -jar target/quarkus-app/quarkus-run.jar.

In order to successfully run the produced jar, you need to have the entire contents of the quarkus-app directory. If any of the files are missing, the application will not start or might not function correctly.
The fast-jar packaging results in creating an artifact that starts a little faster and consumes slightly less memory than a legacy Quarkus jar because it has indexed information about which dependency jar contains classes and resources. It can thus avoid the lookup into potentially every jar on the classpath that the legacy jar necessitates, when loading a class or resource.

By default when a Quarkus application starts (in regular or dev mode), it will display an ASCII art banner. The banner can be disabled by setting quarkus.banner.enabled=false in application.properties, by setting the -Dquarkus.banner.enabled=false Java System Property, or by setting the QUARKUS_BANNER_ENABLED environment variable to false. Furthermore, users can supply a custom banner by placing the banner file in src/main/resources and configuring quarkus.banner.path=name-of-file in application.properties.

12. What’s next?

This guide covered the creation of an application using Quarkus. However, there is much more. We recommend continuing the journey with the building a native executable guide, where you learn about creating a native executable and packaging it in a container. If you are interested in reactive, we recommend the Getting started with reactive guide, where you can see how to implement reactive applications with Quarkus.

In addition, the tooling guide document explains how to:

  • scaffold a project in a single command line

  • enable the development mode (hot reload)

  • import the project in your favorite IDE

  • and more