Spring Boot

Introduce how to encrypt spring boot project


After a spring program is encrypted by Jar2Exe, 2 features will fail:

  1. Any kind of component-scan will fail:

    Program could not automatically find and instantiate a @Service or @Controller or @Mapper bean. It could not find mapper xml file according to a wildcard such as classpath:/mapper/*.xml.

  2. Any kind of @annotation will fail:

    Such as @Autowired or @Value will not work.


Because of the incompatibility of spring and encryption, we choose to encrypt part of the program, and keep the spring part un-encrypted:

  • @Service class: we split a service class into a parent class and a child class:

    • parent class is the real service class with business code to be encrypted. It has no annotations.
    • child class extends the parent class, with @Service to be auto-scaned, with @Autowired to be injected to by spring.
  • @Mapper class: they are interfaces, we need not encrypt them.

  • mapper/xxx.xml: there are sql statements, if we want to encrypt, we need to declare them one by one explicitly.

  • @Controller class: usually we need not encrypt. If we want, do like @Service class does.

  • /static/ and /templates/, these files are referred by their names, encyption compatible, encrypt if we want.

  • /application.properties, this file is used by its name, encryption compatible.

Project Structure

In order to be partially encrypted, we split a spring-boot project into 3 projects, please refer to the demo project:

  • demo-web is the original spring-boot project, keep un-encrypted. @Controller and @Service classes are in it.

  • demo-core is to be encrypted. parent class of @Service are in this project. This project is a dependency of demo-web.

  • demo-share contains @Mapper classes, keep un-encrypted. In order to let @Mapper classes accessible in demo-core during developing, as a dependency of demo-core.

Encrypt using Jar2Exe

Run mvn build at the parent directory, then we will get the result /demo-web/target/demo-web-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar:

  1. First, please download the most recent Jar2Exe v2.2.4 or above for v2.2, v2.5.2 or above for v2.5.

  2. unzip the demo-web-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar, we will get:

    ├── BOOT-INF
    │   ├── classes
    │   │   └── ………
    │   └── lib
    │       ├── ………
    │       ├── demo-core-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
    │       ├── demo-share-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
    │       └── ………
    ├── META-INF
    │   ├── MANIFEST.MF
    │   └── ………
    └── org
        └── springframework
            └── boot
                └── loader
                    └── ………

    because Jar2Exe has provided a ClassLoader, so we only need those files under /BOOT-INF/ and ignore other files.

  3. Pack the contents under /BOOT-INF/classes/ into a zip or jar file:

    cd BOOT-INF/classes/
    jar cvf ../classes.jar *
  4. Run Jar2Exe:

    • At the step 1, choose /BOOT-INF/lib/demo-core-....jar as the main jar.

    • At the step 3, input com.regexlab.j2e.demo.DemoWebApplication as the main class, ignore the warning when we click Next.

    • At the step 4, we check the Encrypt and hide.

    • At the step 5, we add BOOT-INF/classes.jar and all BOOT-INF/lib/* files as dependencies. Keep ../classes.jar and demo-share-....jar NOT protected. As to other jar files, we need NOT to enable Protect because it will slow down the startup of program if we choose more jars to be protected.

Demo Spring Boot Project

Demo spring boot project for Jar2Exe

Demo2 encrypt springboot using script



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I have created webservices.exe from webservices.jar as provided information.

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Spring boot application with Joinfaces its not working

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hear is my sample code links for Demo web.jar and exe which i have created. if you extract demo.jar you will get demo-core.jar and demo-share.jar. and i made classes.jar using "jar cvf ../classes.jar *" . please give solution for this so that i can buy your product.








Spring boot application with Joinfaces its not working

Hi ,

I have Spring boot(2.1.4) with Joinfaces application, i am trying to make my app as Exe file using Jar2exe 2.5 v. i did all steps which was provided in http://www.jar2exe.com/solutions/springboot link ( core, demo, share ) and finally made Exe file but its not working its throwing

org.apache.catalina.LifecycleException: Failed to start component [StandardEngine[Tomcat].StandardHost[localhost].TomcatEmbeddedContext[]]

 java.lang.ClassCastException: com.regexlab.j2e.Handler$1 cannot be cast to java.net.JarURLConnection 

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