Deploying a Java Application to an ECS Instance in Eclipse

With the rapid development of cloud computing technology, an increasing number of developers are deploying applications to Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances. This tutorial describes how to deploy a Java application developed locally to an Alibaba Cloud ECS instance using Cloud Toolkit.

Develop an Application Locally

The coding method is similar no matter whether you compile Java applications that run on the cloud or locally. Therefore, this article takes a Java servlet for printing “Hello World” on a Web page as an example to explain the deployment method.

public class IndexServlet extends HttpServlet {
private static final long serialVersionUID = -112210702214857712L;
public void doGet( HttpServletRequest req, HttpServletResponse resp ) throws ServletException, IOException {
PrintWriter writer = resp.getWriter();
// Demo: Use Alibaba Cloud Toolkit to modify the code of a local application and deploy the application to the cloud.
writer.write("Deploy from alibaba cloud toolkit. 2018-10-24");
protected void doPost( HttpServletRequest req, HttpServletResponse resp ) throws ServletException, IOException {

You can download the source code through this link.

The preceding code is a standard Java project used to print the string “Hello World” on a Web page.

Install Plug-in

Alibaba Cloud provides an Eclipse-based plug-in to help developers efficiently deploy applications written in the local IDE to ECS instances.

URL of the plug-in:

The installation process of this Eclipse-based plug-in is similar to that of a common plug-in, and therefore will not be detailed here.

Configure the Plug-in Preferences

After installing the plug-in, configure the preferences by choosing:

Top menu > Window > Preferences > Alibaba Cloud Toolkit > Accounts

When the following page is displayed, configure the AK and SK of your Alibaba Cloud account to complete the configuration of preferences.( If you are using a RAM user account, enter the AK and SK of the RAM user.)

Deploy the Application

In Eclipse, right-click the project name and choose Alibaba Cloud > Deploy to ECS from the shortcut menu. The following deployment window is displayed:

In the Deployment Configurations dialog box, set the deployment parameters, and click Deploy to complete the initial deployment.

Description of Deployment Parameters

  • Deploy File: Two options are available.
  • Maven Build: If Maven is used to build the current project, you can use Alibaba Cloud Toolkit to directly build and deploy the application.
  • Upload File: If Maven is not used to build the current project, or a locally packaged deployment file already exists, you can select and directly upload the local deployment file.
  • Target Deploy ECS: Select a region from the drop-down list, and then select the ECS instance to be deployed in the region.
  • Deploy location: Enter the deployment path on the ECS instance, for example, /root/tomcat/webapps.
  • Command: Enter the application startup command, for example, sh /root/ This parameter specifies the command to be executed after the application package is deployed. For a Java program, it is usually a Tomcat startup command.


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