Deploying a Hilla Application to Amazon Web Services

Learn how to deploy a Hilla application to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

This tutorial shows you how to deploy a Hilla application to Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Beanstalk. AWS Elastic Beanstalk is an easy-to-use service for deploying web applications developed with Java (among other programming languages). AWS offers short-term free trials from the date you activate a particular service. You can find details of their free offerings on the AWS website.

AWS account required
To complete this tutorial, you need an AWS account. You can sign up at

Step 1: Install the AWS Elastic Beanstalk CLI

The CLI installation requires Python to be installed on your machine. You can download and install Python from Once Python is installed, you can install the Elastic Beanstalk CLI by running the following command from a terminal window:

pip install awsebcli --upgrade

Step 2: Download a Starter App

Create a minimal Hilla project:

npx @hilla/cli init my-app

Step 3: Change the Server Port

AWS Elastic Beanstalk is configured to forward requests to port 5000 by default, whereas the Hilla starter application runs on port 8080. To change the port where the application runs, open the file under the src/main/resources directory, and change the server port from 8080 to 5000.


It’s also possible to change the default port from the Beanstalk side, if needed.

Step 4: Create a Production Build

Open the project directory from a terminal window, and enter the following command to generate a JAR file of your application:

mvn package -Pproduction

Step 5: Initialize a Beanstalk Project

From a terminal window, enter the following command to initialize a Beanstalk project:

eb init

You will be asked to choose a region for the project. If you are unsure, choose the one geographically closest to you.

Select a default region
1) us-east-1 : US East (N. Virginia)
2) us-west-1 : US West (N. California)
3) us-west-2 : US West (Oregon)
4) eu-west-1 : EU (Ireland)
5) eu-central-1 : EU (Frankfurt)
6) ap-south-1 : Asia Pacific (Mumbai)
7) ap-southeast-1 : Asia Pacific (Singapore)
8) ap-southeast-2 : Asia Pacific (Sydney)
9) ap-northeast-1 : Asia Pacific (Tokyo)
10) ap-northeast-2 : Asia Pacific (Seoul)
11) sa-east-1 : South America (Sao Paulo)
12) cn-north-1 : China (Beijing)
13) cn-northwest-1 : China (Ningxia)
14) us-east-2 : US East (Ohio)
15) ca-central-1 : Canada (Central)
16) eu-west-2 : EU (London)
17) eu-west-3 : EU (Paris)
18) eu-north-1 : EU (Stockholm)
19) eu-south-1 : EU (Milano)
20) ap-east-1 : Asia Pacific (Hong Kong)
21) me-south-1 : Middle East (Bahrain)
22) af-south-1 : Africa (Cape Town)
(default is 3):

Next, if this is the first time you are using the AWS CLI, you will be asked to provide your AWS credentials. Please check the AWS documentation to learn how to create an access ID and key.

You have not yet set up your credentials or your credentials are incorrect
You must provide your credentials.
(aws-secret-key): wJalrXUtnFEMI/K7MDENG/bPxRfiCYEXAMPLEKEY

After this, you will be asked to select a name for your application. You can enter a name or accept the default "my-app" value.

Enter Application Name
(default is "my-app"):

Next, you will be asked if you are using Node.js. Enter the letter "n", as this is a Java project.

It appears you are using Node.js. Is this correct?
(Y/n): n

Next, choose "Java" from the list of platforms.

Select a platform.
1) .NET Core on Linux
2) .NET on Windows Server
3) Docker
4) GlassFish
5) Go
6) Java
7) Node.js
8) PHP
9) Packer
10) Python
11) Ruby
12) Tomcat
(make a selection): 6

After this, for the platform branch, select "Corretto 11".

Select a platform branch.
1) Corretto 11 running on 64bit Amazon Linux 2
2) Corretto 8 running on 64bit Amazon Linux 2
3) Java 8 running on 64bit Amazon Linux (Deprecated)
4) Java 7 running on 64bit Amazon Linux (Deprecated)
(default is 1): 1

Finally, enter the letter "n" for the last two prompts to skip the configuration of both CodeCommit and SSH.

Do you wish to continue with CodeCommit? (Y/n): n
Do you want to set up SSH for your instances?
(Y/n): n

Step 6: Configure Beanstalk Deployment

The project initialization performed in the previous step will have automatically created a configuration file in the project directory under .elasticbeanstalk/config.yml. Now you need to configure the deployment instructions to point to the project’s JAR by adding the following setting to the config.yml file:

  artifact: target/myapp-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar

Step 6: Create a Beanstalk Environment

Next, you need to create an Elastic Beanstalk environment with the following command:

eb create --single

This command will create an AWS environment with a single EC2 instance.

After this, you will be prompted to enter an environment name and a DNS CNAME prefix. You can keep the defaults.

Enter Environment Name
(default is my-app-dev):
Enter DNS CNAME prefix
(default is my-app-dev):

Next, enter the letter "N" when prompted for whether you want to enable Spot Fleet:

Would you like to enable Spot Fleet requests for this environment? (y/N): N

If this is the first time you are running the AWS CLI, you might be asked to create a service role for your account. This service role is required in order to create the Beanstalk environment. To create this service role, you should press Enter when you see the following prompt:

2.0+ Platforms require a service role. We will attempt to create one for you. You can specify your own role using the --service-role option.
Type "view" to see the policy, or just press ENTER to continue:

The creation of the environment takes a moment to finish.

Your application URL appears in the logs as shown in the following screenshot.

AWS CLI log screenshot

Step 7: Deploy Your Application

From the terminal window, enter the following command to deploy your app:

eb deploy

When the deployment has finished, the application is accessible from the URL specified in the logs, as described in the previous step.