Spring Boot Application Failed To Start

The Tomcat connector configured to listen on port 8080 failed to start.

Errors are a part of the development lifecycle and there is no way getting around them. I know we all like to think we are top notch coders and that we are error prone but I can assure you that isn’t the case. 

Application Failed To Start

When errors come up it is nice to have as much information at our disposal as possible. We don’t have time to search the web for hours of cryptic stack messages to find our solution. In this article, I am going to show you an error you might come across and how Spring Boot 1.4 has made it a little bit easier to decipher error messages. 

Analysis of Startup Failures

Prior to Spring Boot version 1.4, it was a little tough decrypting error messages that were causing our applications not to start. If you already have an application running on port 8080 and try to start up another one you might have seen an error that looked like this. 

Now if you that error message enough times you can quickly recognize it but if you’re seeing it for the first time it can be a little confusing. 

Spring Boot 1.4 Improvement

Spring Boot will now perform analysis of common start-up failures and provide useful diagnostic information rather than simply logging an exception and its stack trace. This is what the same error message looks like in 1.4+. 

Application Failed to Start

With this error message, you can clearly see why our application is not starting. If you still want to see the stack trace of the underlying cause, enable debug logging for org.springframework.boot.diagnostics.LoggingFailureAnalysisReporter.


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