Deploy Spring Boot on Digital Ocean with Nginx Reverse Proxy

In this tutorial, you will learn how to deploy a Spring Boot Application on Digital Ocean Droplet. We will be Spring Boot with Nginx as webserver with Reverse Proxy for pointing to Domain. We will be using Lets Encrypt for making application secure with HTTPS.

Prepare Virtual Machine Server

We will be using Virtual Server for deploying our project. For this tutorial, I am using Ubuntu VM which is deployed on Digital Ocean.

Please create a VM on Digital Ocean using my referral link and get $200 credits to use over 2 months.

Please add your machine ssh key while creating the droplet. Examples to create ssh key ssh-keygen -t rsa and to view/copy ssh key – cat ~/.ssh/

Access Server

Logon to your Server like bellow, I am using Ubuntu Terminal, you can use anything like Putty, MobaXterm etc.


Prerequisites Software’s

For this project, we will require following softwares

  • Java Development Kit
  • Apache Maven 
  • Nginx

Install Java Development Kit

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linuxuprising/java -y
sudo apt update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java17-installer oracle-java17-set-default

Install Maven 

sudo apt install maven

Install Nginx Web server

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nginx
sudo ufw allow 'Nginx Full'
systemctl status nginx

Setup Project on Server

After install above software’s, please get your project on server. For this project i’m using git to pull my project which is hosted on Github. Here’s the starter project for demo purpose.

sudo apt install git

git clone

Navigate to the project folder cd spring-boot-starter/ and run the project using maven.

./mvnw spring-boot:run

Now your project is running on port 8080, as specified in file – src/main/resources/

Now go to browser and type your server ip address with port number. Example – SERVER_IP_ADDRESS:8080

image 8

Now lets stop the project Ctrl+C and run the same project using Nginx Server.

Change Nameservers and Add Domain to Digital Ocean

Before deploying project on Nginx, we need a domain. Change the Nameserver in your domain provider and add it to Digital Ocean Domain.

Point to DigitalOcean Nameservers in Godaddy
Point to DigitalOcean Nameservers in Godaddy
Adding Domain to Digital Ocean
Adding Domain to Digital Ocean

Now lets add record, which will point our domain ip address, like bellow image.

Create Record to Point Ip Address in Digital Ocean
Create Record to Point Ip Address In Digital Ocean

Setup Spring Boot Project using Nginx Reverse Proxy

On the server, Nginx is already installed. Create an Nginx configuration for the website with the command below. For demo purpose, we are using domain Please replace with your domain appropriately

sudo vi /etc/nginx/sites-available/

And please add bellow code inside it.

server {
    index index.html index.htm;
    access_log /var/log/nginx/example.log;
    error_log  /var/log/nginx/example-error.log error;

    location / {
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
        proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
        proxy_redirect off;

Note: Please replace with your domain.

Now enable the website

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/ /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

Let’s verify if there is no Nginx error, then reload it to take the changes into account:

sudo nginx -t
sudo nginx -s reload

Lets re-run the project – ./mvnw spring-boot:run

Navigate to you domain to see the running project.

Optional: For easy spring boot project running i have written shell script, you can find in project:, and

For running project – sh

For stop project – sh

SpringBoot Enable HTTPS: Add SSL Certificate using Lets Enrypt

Install Certbot, which is the tool responsible for certificate generation

sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install --classic certbot

Generate and install an SSL certificate for our domain. Please replace with your domain name.

sudo certbot --nginx -d

Reload Nginx configuration: sudo nginx -s reload and go to your website, you will see secure website.