LocalStack SpringBoot Starter Tutorial

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I was working on a SpringBoot application which is planned to deploy on AWS and, we were using S3, SQS and RDS services.

LocalStack provides an easy-to-use test/mocking framework for developing AWS based Cloud applications.

I want to use Localstack mock services instead of using real AWS services for two purposes:

  • To run integration tests
  • To run application locally

We can use Testcontainers to spin up a Localstack docker container, but we need to configure Amazon service clients like AmazonS3, AmazonSQSAsync which is typical boilerplate that we copy-paste from project to project. Instead of copy-pasting the code snippets, creating a SpringBoot starter which autoconfigures the Amazon service clients is a better approach and less error prone. So, I have created localstack-spring-boot-starter

How to use localstack-spring-boot-starter?

The ideal way to use localstack-spring-boot-starter is to enable it with a specific profile such as integration-test or local then activate that profile based on the need.

You can checkout the example applications on how to use localstack-spring-boot-starter https://github.com/sivalabs/localstack-spring-boot-starter/tree/master/examples

1. Project Setup

You can go to https://start.spring.io/ and generate a SpringBoot application and then add the following dependencies.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0"







We have added org.testcontainers:localstack, com.amazonaws:aws-java-sdk and localstack-spring-boot-starter dependencies.

2. AWS Configuration

Create a Spring configuration class for configuring AWS client beans for production and non-production environments as follows:

import io.github.sivalabs.localstack.EnableLocalStack;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Profile;

public class AppConfig {

    public static class AwsConfig {
        private static final Regions REGION = Regions.US_EAST_1;
        public AmazonSQSAsync amazonSQSAsync() {
            return AmazonSQSAsyncClientBuilder.standard()
        public AmazonS3 amazonS3() {
            return AmazonS3ClientBuilder.standard()

    @Profile({"integration-test", "local"})
    public static class LocalStackAwsConfig {


In our AppConfig configuration class, we have two nested configuration classes, one for production(aws) and another one for non-prod(integration-test and local). The AwsConfig is associated with aws profile and LocalStackAwsConfig is associated with integration-test and local. The most important thing to notice here is that, LocalStackAwsConfig class is annotated with @EnableLocalStack which actually triggers the Localstack auto-configuration.

3. Localstack configuration

We need to specify which AWS services we want to use and, we can enable or disable specific service as follows:

localstack.enabled=true # default true
localstack.s3.enabled=true # default true
localstack.sqs.enabled=false # default true

As of now, the following services are auto-configured using AWS Java SDK V1: SQS, S3, SNS, DYNAMODB, DYNAMODBSTREAMS, KINESIS, IAM, LAMBDA, CLOUDWATCH, SECRETSMANAGER

4. Use AutoConfigured AWS Services

Now with Localstack auto-configuration we can inject AmazonS3, AmazonSQS, AmazonSQSAsync etc and use them in our application.

public class S3Service {
    private final AmazonS3 amazonS3;

    public Bucket createBucket(String bucketName) {
        return amazonS3.createBucket(bucketName);
    public S3Object getObject(String bucketName, String key) {
        return amazonS3.getObject(bucketName, key);

    public PutObjectResult store(String bucketName, String key, String value) {
        return amazonS3.putObject(bucketName, key, value);

5. Run Integration Tests

We can write integration test by enabling integration-test profile using @ActiveProfiles("integration-test").

import com.amazonaws.services.s3.model.S3Object;
import lombok.extern.slf4j.Slf4j;
import org.junit.jupiter.api.Test;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.boot.test.context.SpringBootTest;

import java.io.ByteArrayInputStream;

import static org.assertj.core.api.Assertions.assertThat;

class S3ServiceTest {
    private static final String bucketName = "mybucket";

    private S3Service s3Service;

    void shouldStoreAndRetrieveDataFromS3Bucket() {
        log.info("Created S3 Bucket: {}", bucketName);
        s3Service.putObject(bucketName, "my-key-1", "my-value-1");
        S3Object s3Object = s3Service.getObject(bucketName, "my-key-1");
        assertThat(s3Object.getObjectContent()).hasSameContentAs(new ByteArrayInputStream("my-value-1".getBytes()));

6. Run application locally

As we have enabled Localstack auto-configuration using local profile, we can start our application by enabling local profile as follows:

java –jar -Dspring.profiles.active=local app.jar

We can also run the application from IDE itself by setting environment variable SPRING_PROFILES_ACTIVE=local.

7. How to use with Spring Cloud AWS?

We can use localstack-spring-boot-starter with Spring Cloud AWS as well. To run Spring Cloud AWS application locally we need to disable following properties:


8. Examples

9. What’s next?

As of now localstack-spring-boot-starter supports auto-configuration of AWS services based on AWS Java SDK v1. Support for AWS Java SDK v2 is in progress. You can checkout the Java SDK v2 support in https://github.com/sivalabs/localstack-spring-boot-starter/tree/v1.0.0 branch. Also, support for creating S3 buckets, SQS queues on application start up will also be in next release.

10. Want to contribute?

You are most welcome to contribute to this starter by implementing auto-configuration for more services supported by LocalStack. You can also use this starter and report any bugs. Adding more example applications is also a nice thing to help others to get started.

I hope localstack-spring-boot-starter is useful and if you like it give it a star.

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