mfoody / akka-boot

Simplify creating robust HTTP services with Akka HTTP.


The goal of Akka Boot is to make it as easy as possible to create production ready HTTP services using Akka. Akka Boot takes care of the following items,

  • Configuring Akka for ease of development while switching to robust production configuration using the -prod command line parameter.
  • Configuring Akka HTTP to use HTTPS by default.
  • Configuring Akka to disable Java serialization and use Kryo instead.
  • Adding straightforward support for the actor per request model and ensuring that requests are handled on a separate dispatcher than the one used by Akka HTTP.
  • Adding ScalaRouteBuilder to simplify route code and eliminate the need to know all the imports and implicits you need to make the routing DSL work.
  • Adding HttpClient to provide a more traditional HTTP API to execute basic get, post and put requests.
  • Configuring Akka to log requests and responses.
  • Configuring Logback and route all logging frameworks to log through Logback.
  • Configuring Jackson to simplify the use of Akka HTTPs marshalling functionality.
  • Integrating Dropwizard metrics and making those metrics available via an HTTP endpoint.
  • Integrating Dropwizard health checks and making those health checks available via an HTTP endpoint.

For complete documentation see the wiki.

Getting Started

  1. Add Akka Boot to your build.sbt file
libraryDependencies += "com.github.mfoody.akkaboot" %% "akka-boot-core" % "0.3"
  1. Create your first HTTP route
class GreeterRoute(system: ActorSystem, executionContext: ExecutionContext) 
  extends ScalaRouteBuilder(system, executionContext) {
    override val route: Route = get {
      pathPrefix("hellos") {
        completeWithActor { // Handles actor per request
  1. Create an application and configuration class.
class HelloWorldConfiguration(config: Config) extends Configuration(config)

object HelloWorldApplication {

  def main(args: Array[String]): Unit = {
    new HelloWorldApplication(args).run()


class HelloWorldApplication(args: Array[String]) extends Application[HelloWorldConfiguration] {
  override def run(configuration: HelloWorldConfiguration, environment: Environment): Environment = {
    environment.route(new HelloWorldRoutes(environment.system, environment.apiDispatcher))
  1. Run your application
> sbt run
  1. Go to https://localhost