Implement secure HTTP server using Grizzly and Jersey

Statement : The purpose of this post is to implement secure HTTP server using Grizzly and Jersey.

Solution :

  • First you just need to create the keystore and truststore files using the below commands and this will ask you certain details about your organization and all –

keytool -genkey -keyalg RSA -keystore ./keystore_client -alias clientKey
keytool -export -alias clientKey -rfc -keystore ./keystore_client > ./client.cert
keytool -import -alias clientCert -file ./client.cert -keystore ./truststore_server

keytool -genkey -keyalg RSA -keystore ./keystore_server -alias serverKey
keytool -export -alias serverKey -rfc -keystore ./keystore_server > ./server.cert
keytool -import -alias serverCert -file ./server.cert -keystore ./truststore_client

  • Add the SSLContextConfiguration Object (containing the details about the keystore and truststore files) in the constructor of GrizzlyHttpServerFactory as per the given below code –

    private static final String KEYSTORE_LOC = “keystore_server”;

    private static final String KEYSTORE_PASS = “123456”;

    private static final String TRUSTSTORE_LOC = “truststore_server”;

    private static final String TRUSTSTORE_PASS = “123456”;

    SSLContextConfigurator sslCon = new SSLContextConfigurator();





URI BASE_URI = URI.create(” + config.getPort());

        String resources = “”;

        BeanConfig beanConfig = new BeanConfig();


        beanConfig.setSchemes(new String[] { “https” });




        final ResourceConfig rc = new ResourceConfig();






        rc.register(new CrossDomainFilter());

    return GrizzlyHttpServerFactory.createHttpServer(BASE_URI, rc, true,

new SSLEngineConfigurator(sslCon).setClientMode(false).setNeedClientAuth(false);

  • Job is done. Now you just need to integrate all the code together. You can refer my github link to get the full code of the implementation. Happy coding 🙂

How to avoid getting extra double quotes and slashes in your API JSON response

Statement – While working with REST apis, most of the time we would be expecting the clean JSON response from the API. But few time we get the unstructured JSON response like below in case of children array –

“_page”: {
“start”: 0,
“next”: 12,
“count”: 2
“children”: [

So to avoid this, we just need to take care of few things in our implementation –

  1. In the Root class object, use JSONArray object instead of List of String or Object like below –

public class PageResponse {


private Pagination page;


private JSONArray records = null;


  1. Wherever you are setting this JSONArray, try to set it by the following piece of code –

List<Object> finalRes = new ArrayList<Object>();

JSONParser parser = new JSONParser();

JSONArray finalJsonArray = (JSONArray) parser.parse(finalRes.toString());

PageResponse pageResponse = new PageResponse();


In this way, you would be getting the clean JSON response from your REST API given below –

  "_page": {
    "start": 0,
    "next": 13,
    "count": 3
  "records": [
      "_attachments": "attachments/",
      "_rid": "wEIcANyrmAULAAAAAAAAAA==",
      "id": "11",
      "_self": "dbs/wEIcAA==/colls/wEIcANyrmAU=/docs/wEIcANyrmAULAAAAAAAAAA==/",
      "value": "Vanessa",
      "key": "38",
      "_etag": "\"0c0054c7-0000-0000-0000-59ca35ab0000\"",
      "_ts": 1506424239
      "_attachments": "attachments/",
      "_rid": "wEIcANyrmAUMAAAAAAAAAA==",
      "id": "12",
      "_self": "dbs/wEIcAA==/colls/wEIcANyrmAU=/docs/wEIcANyrmAUMAAAAAAAAAA==/",
      "value": "Neal",
      "key": "13",
      "_etag": "\"0c0056c7-0000-0000-0000-59ca35ab0000\"",
      "_ts": 1506424239
      "_attachments": "attachments/",
      "_rid": "wEIcANyrmAUNAAAAAAAAAA==",
      "id": "13",
      "_self": "dbs/wEIcAA==/colls/wEIcANyrmAU=/docs/wEIcANyrmAUNAAAAAAAAAA==/",
      "value": "Marguerite",
      "key": "13",
      "_etag": "\"0c0058c7-0000-0000-0000-59ca35ab0000\"",
      "_ts": 1506424239

Hope it helps. 🙂

Generate Swagger UI through Grizzly and Jersey Application.

Statement : Generate Swagger UI for the listing of all the REST APIs through Grizzly and Jersey Application.

  • Add following dependency in pom.xml –






  • Bundle Swagger UI and docs folder through you main application class using the below code –

package com.main;



import org.glassfish.grizzly.http.server.CLStaticHttpHandler;

import org.glassfish.grizzly.http.server.HttpServer;

import org.glassfish.grizzly.http.server.ServerConfiguration;

import org.glassfish.jersey.grizzly2.httpserver.GrizzlyHttpServerFactory;

import org.glassfish.jersey.jackson.JacksonFeature;

import org.glassfish.jersey.server.ResourceConfig;

import com.fasterxml.jackson.jaxrs.json.JacksonJsonProvider;

import io.swagger.jaxrs.config.BeanConfig;

public class MainApp {

// Base URI the Grizzly HTTP server will listen on

public static final URI BASE_URI = URI.create(;);

public static HttpServer getLookupServer() {

String resources = “com.main”;

BeanConfig beanConfig = new BeanConfig();


beanConfig.setSchemes(new String[] { “http” });




final ResourceConfig resourceConfig = new ResourceConfig();






return GrizzlyHttpServerFactory.createHttpServer(BASE_URI, resourceConfig);


public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {

final HttpServer server = getLookupServer();


ClassLoader loader = MainApp.class.getClassLoader();

CLStaticHttpHandler docsHandler = new CLStaticHttpHandler(loader, “swagger-ui/”);


ServerConfiguration cfg = server.getServerConfiguration();

cfg.addHttpHandler(docsHandler, “/docs/”);



  • Take the latest code of swagger-ui. Copy all the content of the dist folder and create a folder named  swagger-ui inside src/main/resources and paste all the copied contents. Now change the url in index.file which is inside the copied folder like below –


  • Lastly, annotate your controller with @Api and @ApiOperation.

Hope it works. Now to run your Grizzly Jersey Application, go to browser and type localhost:8080/docs/. You will see Swagger UI having all the details of your REST APIs.

Happy coding and sharing as well. 🙂 You can find the git repo for the above implementation.

Generate Swagger UI through Spring Boot Application.

Statement : Generate Swagger UI for the listing of all the REST APIs through Spring Boot Application.

Follow the below steps to generate the Swagger UI  through Spring Boot application –

  1. Add following dependency in pom.xml –











  1.  Add the following piece of code in your main application class having the @EnableSwagger2 annotation.



public class MyApp {

public static void main(String[] args) {, args);



  public Docket api() {

    return new Docket(DocumentationType.SWAGGER_2).select()





  public ApiInfo apiInfo() {

    final ApiInfoBuilder builder = new ApiInfoBuilder();

    builder.title(“My Application API through Swagger UI”).version(“1.0”).license(“(C) Copyright Test”)

        .description(“List of all the APIs of My Application App through Swagger UI”);




  1. Add the below RootController class in your code to redirect to the Swagger UI page. In this way, you don’t need to put the dist folder of Swagger-UI in your  resources directory.

import org.springframework.stereotype.Controller;

import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;

import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMethod;



public class RootController {

@RequestMapping(method = RequestMethod.GET)

public String swaggerUi() {

return “redirect:/swagger-ui.html”;



  1. Being a final steps, add the @Api and @ApiOperation notation in all your RESTControllers like below –

import static org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMethod.GET;

import org.springframework.http.HttpStatus;

import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;

import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMethod;

import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.ResponseStatus;

import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RestController;

import io.swagger.annotations.Api;

import io.swagger.annotations.ApiOperation;



@Api(value = “hello”, description = “Sample hello world application”)

public class TestController {

@ApiOperation(value = “Just to test the sample test api of My App Service”)

@RequestMapping(method = RequestMethod.GET, value = “/test”)

// @Produces(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON)

public String test() {

return “Hello to check Swagger UI”;



@RequestMapping(value = “/test1”, method = GET)

@ApiOperation(value = “My App Service get test1 API”, position = 1)

public String test1() {


if (true) {

return “Tanuj”;


return “Gupta”;



Now your are done. Now to run your Spring Boot Application, go to browser and type localhost:8080. You will see Swagger UI having all the details of your REST APIs.

Happy Coding 🙂 Enjoy the source code of the above implementation in my git repo.

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