Deploying Java Code on JBoss

Background: Source-to-Image (S2I)

In lab three we learned how to deploy a pre-existing Docker image from a Docker registry. Now we will expand on that a bit by learning how OpenShift builds a Docker images using source code from an existing repository.

Source-to-Image (S2I) is another open source project sponsored by Red Hat. Its goal:

Source-to-image (S2I) is a tool for building reproducible Docker images. S2I
produces ready-to-run images by injecting source code into a Docker image and
assembling a new Docker image which incorporates the builder image and built
source. The result is then ready to use with docker run. S2I supports
incremental builds which re-use previously downloaded dependencies, previously
built artifacts, etc.

OpenShift is S2I-enabled and can use S2I as one of its build mechanisms (in addition to building Docker images from Dockerfiles, and “custom” builds).

OpenShift runs the S2I process inside a special Pod, called a Build Pod, and thus builds are subject to quotas, limits, resource scheduling, and other aspects of OpenShift.

A full discussion of S2I is beyond the scope of this class, but you can find more information abuot it either in the OpenShift S2I documentation or on GitHub (following the link above). The only key concept you need to remember about S2I is that it’s magic.

For a current list of supported runtimes, you can check out the OpenShift Technologies page.

Exercise 4: Creating a JBoss EAP application

The sample application that we will be deploying as part of this exercise is called mlbparks. This application is a Java EE-based application that performs 2D geo-spatial queries against a MongoDB database to locate and map all Major League Baseball stadiums in the United States. That was just a fancy way of saying that we are going to deploy a map of baseball stadiums.

Create Project

The first thing you need to do is create a new project called userXX-mlbparks:

Note: Remember to replace userXX-mlbparks with your correct user number.

$ oc new-project userXX-mlbparks

You should see the following output:

Now using project "mlbparks" on server "".
Fork application code on GitHub

OpenShift can work with Git repositories on GitHub. You can even register webhooks to initiate OpenShift builds triggered by any update to the application code on GitHub.

The repository that we are going to fork is located at the following URL:

Go ahead and fork the mlbparks repository into your own GitHub account. Later in the lab, we want you to make a code change and then rebuild your application. If you are familiar with Java EE applications, you will notice that there is nothing special about our application – it is a standard, plain-old JEE application.

Note: If you are not familiar with how to fork applications on GitHub, or if you don’t have a GitHub account, please raise your hand and let your instructor know. They can walk you through the process.

Combine the code with the Docker image on OpenShift

While the new-app command makes it very easy to get OpenShift to build code from a GitHub repository into a Docker image, we can also use the web console to do the same thing — it’s not all command line and green screen where we’re going! Now that you have your own GitHub repository let’s use it with OpenShift’s JBoss EAP S2I image.

In the OpenShift web console, find your userXX-mlbparks project, and then click the “Add to Project” button. You will see a number of runtimes that you can choose from, but you will want to select the one titled jboss-eap64-openshift:1.1. As you might guess, this is going to use an S2I builder image that contains JBoss EAP 6.4.


After you click “Add to Project”, on the next screen you will need to enter a name and a Git repository URL. For the name, enter openshift3mlbparks, and for the Git repository URL, enter:

Note: Ensure that you use your repository URL if you want to see S2I and webhooks in action later.

Note: Make sure that you change YOURUSER to whatever your GitHub ID is (for example, joecoder22).

Note: All of these runtimes shown are made available via Templates, which will be discussed in a later lab.

You can then hit the button labeled “Create”. Then click Continue to overview. You will see this in the web console:

Build openshift3mlbparks #1 is running. A new deployment will be created
automatically once the build completes. View Log

Go ahead and click “View Log”. This is a new Java-based project that uses Maven as the build and dependency system. For this reason, the initial build will take a few minutes as Maven downloads all of the dependencies needed for the application. You can see all of this happening in real time!

From the command line, you can also see the Builds:

$ oc get builds

You’ll see output like:

NAME                   TYPE      FROM         STATUS     STARTED              DURATION
openshift3mlbparks-1   Source    Git@master   Running    3 minutes ago        1m2s

You can also view the build logs with the following command:

$ oc build-logs openshift3mlbparks-1

After the build has completed and successfully:

  • The S2I process will push the resulting Docker image to the internal OpenShift registry
  • The DeploymentConfiguration (DC) will detect that the image has changed, and this will cause a new deployment to happen.
  • A ReplicationController (RC) will be spawned for this new deployment.
  • The RC will detect no Pods are running and will cause one to be deployed, as our default replica count is just 1.

In the end, when issuing the oc get pods command, you will see that the build Pod has finished (exited) and that an application Pod is in a ready and running state:

NAME                         READY     STATUS      RESTARTS   AGE
openshift3mlbparks-1-build   0/1       Completed   0          4m
openshift3mlbparks-1-7e3ij   1/1       Running     0          2m

If you look again at the web console, you will notice that, when you create the application this way, OpenShift also creates a Route for you. You can see the URL in the web console, or via the command line:

$ oc get routes

Where you should see something like the following:

NAME                 HOST/PORT                                                                    PATH      SERVICE              LABELS                   INSECURE POLICY   TLS TERMINATION
openshift3mlbparks           openshift3mlbparks   app=openshift3mlbparks 

In the above example, the URL is:

Verify your application is working by viewing the URL in a web browser. You should see the following:


Wait a second! Why are the baseball stadiums not showing up? Well, that is because we haven’t actually added a database to the application yet. We will do that in the next lab. Congratulations on deploying your first application using S2I on the OpenShift 3 Platform!

End of Lab 6