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application_java (6) Versions 2.0.0

Deploys and configures Java-based applications

cookbook 'application_java', '= 2.0.0', :supermarket
cookbook 'application_java', '= 2.0.0'
knife supermarket install application_java
knife supermarket download application_java
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This cookbook is designed to be able to describe and deploy Java web applications. Currently supported:

  • Java
  • Tomcat

Note that this cookbook provides the Java-specific bindings for the application cookbook; you will find general documentation in that cookbook.

Other application stacks may be supported at a later date.


Chef 0.10.0 or higher required (for Chef environment use).

The following Opscode cookbooks are dependencies:

  • application
  • java
  • tomcat


The LWRPs provided by this cookbook are not meant to be used by themselves; make sure you are familiar with the application cookbook before proceeding.


The java\_webapp sub-resource LWRP deals with deploying Java webapps delivered as WAR files which will either be retrieved from a remote URL or fetched by some other method and referenced locally.

NOTICE: the application cookbook was designed around frameworks running on interpreted languages that are deployed in source code, checked out of an SCM using the deploy_revision resource. While this cookbook tries to map those concepts to a binary distribution mechanism, it may not map exactly.

Attribute Parameters

  • database_master_role: if a role name is provided, a Chef search will be run to find a node with than role in the same environment as the current role. If a node is found, its IP address will be used when rendering the context file, but see the "Database block parameters" section below
  • context_template: the name of template that will be rendered to create the context file; if specified it will be looked up in the application cookbook. Defaults to "context.xml.erb" from this cookbook
  • database: a block containing additional parameters for configuring the database connection (see below)
  • war: if provided, will override the default of the basename of the repository

Database block parameters

The database block can accept any method, with the following being expected by the stock context.xml.erb:

  • driver: a fully-qualified class name of the JDBC driver
  • host: hostname or IP address of the database server; if set it will take precedence over the address returned from the search for database_master_role
  • port: port to use to connect to the database server
  • database
  • username
  • password
  • max_active: used to set the maxActive context parameter
  • max_idle: used to set the maxIdle context parameter
  • max_wait: used to set the maxWait context parameter

You can invoke any other method on the database block, which will result in an entry being created in the @database Hash which is passed to the context template. See the examples below for more information.


The tomcat sub-resource LWRP configures Tomcat to run the application by creating a symbolic link to the context file.



Supports all standard scm providers (git, svn), and in addition:
* Chef::Provider::RemoteFile::Deploy allows downloading from a remote url
* Chef::Provider::File::Deploy allows using a package on the filesystem


The target location for the application distribution. This should be outside of the tomcat deployment tree.


For a git or svn repository, it is the repository URL
When using Chef::Provider::RemoteFile::Deploy, it is the URL of the remote file
When using Chef::Provider::File::Deploy, it is the path to the local file source


Name of the path within releases, defaults to the checksum of the downloaded file


A sample application that needs a database connection:

application "my-app" do
  path "/usr/local/my-app"
  repository "/nas/distro/my-app.war"
  revision "..."
        scm_provider Chef::Provider::File::Deploy

  java_webapp do
    database_master_role "database_master"
    database do
      driver ''
      database 'name'
      port 5678
      username 'user'
      password 'password'
      max_active 1
      max_idle 2
      max_wait 3


If your application does not need a database connection (or you need a custom
context file for other reasons), you can specify your own template:

application "jenkins" do
  path "/usr/local/jenkins"
  owner node["tomcat"]["user"]
  group node["tomcat"]["group"]
  repository ""
  revision "6facd94e958ecf68ffd28be371b5efcb5584c885b5f32a906e477f5f62bdb518-1"
        scm_provider Chef::Provider::RemoteFile::Deploy

  java_webapp do
    context_template "jenkins-context.xml.erb"


You can invoke any method on the database block:

application "my-app" do
  path "/usr/local/my-app"
  repository "..."
  revision "..."

  java_webapp do
    database_master_role "database_master"
    database do
      database 'name'
      quorum 2
      replicas %w[Huey Dewey Louie]

The corresponding entries will be passed to the context template:


License and Author

Author:: Adam Jacob (
Author:: Andrea Campi (
Author:: Jesse Campbell (
Author:: Joshua Timberman (
Author:: Seth Chisamore (

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you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
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distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
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