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Dropwizard Example, Step by Step

The dropwizard-example module provides you with a working Dropwizard Example Application.


  • Make sure you have Maven installed.
  • Make sure JAVA_HOME points at JDK 7.
  • Make sure you have curl.

Preparations to start the Dropwizard Example Application:

  • Open a terminal / cmd.
  • Navigate to the project folder of the Dropwizard Example Application.
  • mvn clean install
  • java -jar target/dropwizard-example-0.9.0.jar db migrate example.yml
  • The statement above ran the liquibase migration in /src/main/resources/migrations.xml, creating the table schema.

Starting the Dropwizard Example Application:

  • You can now start the Dropwizard Example Application by running java -jar target/dropwizard-example-0.9.0.jar server example.yml
  • Alternatively you can run the Dropwizard Example Application in your IDE: com.example.helloworld.HelloWorldApplication server example.yml

Working with the Dropwizard Example Application:

  • Insert a new person: curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST -d '{"fullName":"John Doe", "jobTitle" : "Chief Wizard" }' http://localhost:8080/people
  • Retrieve that person: curl http://localhost:8080/people/1
  • View that person in a freemarker template: curl or open in a browser http://localhost:8080/people/1/view_freemarker
  • View that person in a mustache template: curl or open in a browser http://localhost:8080/people/1/view_mustache