Developing Reactive Microservices with Spring Cloud in Java


Developing Reactive Microservices with Spring Cloud in Java

In this tutorial, we will learn how to develop reactive microservices using Spring Cloud in Java. Reactive programming is a programming paradigm focused on streams of data and the propagation of change. Spring Cloud is a set of tools provided by Spring that helps developers quickly build distributed systems.

What is Reactive Programming?

Reactive programming is a programming paradigm that focuses on asynchronous data streams and the propagation of changes. It allows developers to build responsive, resilient, and scalable applications.

Setting Up Your Development Environment

Before we start coding, make sure you have the following tools installed on your machine:

  • Java Development Kit (JDK)
  • Apache Maven
  • IDE (IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse, etc.)

Creating a Spring Boot Project

To create a new Spring Boot project, you can use the Spring Initializr. Visit and choose the following options:

  • Project: Maven Project
  • Language: Java
  • Spring Boot: 2.5.3
  • Group: com.example
  • Artifact: spring-cloud-reactive-microservices
  • Dependencies: Reactive Web, Eureka Discovery, Config Client

Once you have generated the project, import it into your IDE and you are ready to start coding.

Implementing a Reactive Microservice

First, create a new REST controller in your project to handle HTTP requests. Here is a basic example:

public class ExampleController {

    public Mono<String> sayHello() {
        return Mono.just("Hello, World!");

Connecting Microservices with Spring Cloud

To connect multiple microservices, we can use Spring Cloud's Eureka service discovery. Add the following configuration to your file:


In this tutorial, we learned how to develop reactive microservices with Spring Cloud in Java. By using reactive programming and Spring Cloud's tools, we can build scalable and resilient distributed systems. Feel free to explore more advanced topics such as reactive data streaming and circuit breaking with Spring Cloud. Happy coding!