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Grails Goodness: Add a Banner to a Grails 3.1 Application

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In a previous post we learned how to add a banner to a Grails 3.0 application. We used the Spring Boot support in Grails to show a banner on startup. The solution we used doesn't work for a Grails 3.1 application. We need to implement a different solution to show a banner on startup.

First of all we create a new class that implements the org.springframework.boot.Banner interface. We implement the single method printBanner and logic to display a banner, including colors:

// File: src/main/groovy/mrhaki/grails/GrailsBanner.groovy
package mrhaki.grails

import org.springframework.boot.Banner
import grails.util.Environment
import org.springframework.boot.ansi.AnsiColor
import org.springframework.boot.ansi.AnsiOutput
import org.springframework.boot.ansi.AnsiStyle

import static grails.util.Metadata.current as metaInfo

 * Class that implements Spring Boot Banner
 * interface to show information on application startup.
class GrailsBanner implements Banner {

     * ASCCI art Grails 3.1 logo built on
     * http://patorjk.com/software/taag/#p=display&f=Graffiti&t=Type%20Something%20
    private static final String BANNER = $/
  _________________    _____  .___.____       _________ ________      ____ 
 /  _____|______   \  /  _  \ |   |    |     /   _____/ \_____  \    /_   |
/   \  ___|       _/ /  /_\  \|   |    |     \_____  \    _(__  <     |   |
\    \_\  \    |   \/    |    \   |    |___  /        \  /       \    |   |
 \______  /____|_  /\____|__  /___|_______ \/_______  / /______  / /\ |___|
        \/       \/         \/            \/        \/         \/  \/      

    void printBanner(
            org.springframework.core.env.Environment environment,
            Class<?> sourceClass,
            PrintStream out) {

        // Print ASCII art banner with color yellow.
        out.println AnsiOutput.toString(AnsiColor.BRIGHT_YELLOW, BANNER)

        // Display extran infomratio about the application.
        row 'App version', metaInfo.getApplicationVersion(), out
        row 'App name', metaInfo.getApplicationName(), out
        row 'Grails version', metaInfo.getGrailsVersion(), out
        row 'Groovy version', GroovySystem.version, out
        row 'JVM version', System.getProperty('java.version'), out
        row 'Reloading active', Environment.reloadingAgentEnabled, out
        row 'Environment', Environment.current.name, out


    private void row(final String description, final value, final PrintStream out) {
        out.print AnsiOutput.toString(AnsiColor.DEFAULT, ':: ')
        out.print AnsiOutput.toString(AnsiColor.GREEN, description.padRight(16))
        out.print AnsiOutput.toString(AnsiColor.DEFAULT, ' :: ')
        out.println AnsiOutput.toString(AnsiColor.BRIGHT_CYAN, AnsiStyle.FAINT, value)


Next we must override the GrailsApp class. We override the printBanner method, which has no implementation in the GrailsApp class. In our printBanner method we use GrailsBanner:

// File: src/main/groovy/mrhaki/grails/BannerGrailsApp.groovy
package mrhaki.grails

import grails.boot.GrailsApp
import groovy.transform.InheritConstructors
import org.springframework.core.env.Environment

class BannerGrailsApp extends GrailsApp {

    protected void printBanner(final Environment environment) {
        // Create GrailsBanner instance.
        final GrailsBanner banner = new GrailsBanner()

        banner.printBanner(environment, Application, System.out)


Finally in the Application class we use BannerGrailsApp instead of the default GrailsApp object:

// File: grails-app/init/mrhaki/grails/Application.groovy
package mrhaki.grails

import grails.boot.config.GrailsAutoConfiguration

class Application extends GrailsAutoConfiguration {
    static void main(String[] args) {
        final BannerGrailsApp app = new BannerGrailsApp(Application)

When we start our Grails application on a console with color support we see the following banner:

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