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How to Create a Spring Boot Project with IntelliJ IDEA?

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Spring Boot is built on the top of the spring and contains all the features of spring. And is becoming a favorite of developers these days because of its rapid production-ready environment which enables the developers to directly focus on the logic instead of struggling with the configuration and setup. Spring Boot is a microservice-based framework and making a production-ready application in it takes very little time. Following are some of the features of Spring Boot:

  • It allows avoiding heavy configuration of XML which is present in spring
  • It provides easy maintenance and creation of REST endpoints
  • It includes embedded Tomcat-server
  • Deployment is very easy, war and jar files can be easily deployed in the tomcat server

For more information please refer to this article: Introduction to Spring Boot

So in this article, we are going to explain how can we create and set up spring boot projects in IntelliJ IDEA. IntelliJ is an integrated development environment(IDE) written in Java. It is used for developing computer software. This IDE is developed by Jetbrains and is available as an Apache 2 Licensed community edition and a commercial edition.


  1. Install IntelliJ IDEA on the local machine.
  2. Create a Spring Boot Project in Spring Initializr
  3. Import Spring Boot Project in IntelliJ IDEA
  4. Choose the project that you have created in above step 2.

Step 1: Install IntelliJ IDEA on the local machine for that do go through pre-requisite for installing Intellij Idea on the system.

Step 2: Create a Spring Boot Project in Spring Initializr

Create a Spring Boot project and do fill in all the details accordingly and at last click on the GENERATE button below. This will download your Spring Boot project in zip format. Now extract the folder into your local machine and do go through the introduction to Spring Initializr before proceeding further.

Step 3: Import Spring Boot Project in IntelliJ IDEA

After successfully installing IntelliJ IDEA go to the File > Open as seen in the below image. 

After this, a pop-up window will occur like the following. 

Step 4: Here you have to choose the project that you have created in step 2. For example, here we have created the spring boot project named “demo” and stored it inside the Downloads folder and you can see we can find the same inside the Downloads folder. At last click on the OK button. And we are done creating the Spring Boot project in IntelliJ IDEA. Please wait for some time to download all the required files. 

By now, the Spring Boot project has been created as depicted in the below media. The left side contains the Project file structure while in the middle you can see the Code Editor is present. 

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Last Updated : 01 Dec, 2021
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