Getting Started


In this tutorial we will create a simple HTTP server which sends a “Hello World!” greeting. Using DataKernel Launchers, particularly HttpServerLauncher, you can write a full-functioning server in around 10 lines of code.

What you will need:

  • About 5-10 minutes
  • Your favourite IDE
  • JDK 1.8+
  • Maven 3.0+

To proceed with this guide you have 2 options:

1. Working Example

To run the example in IDE, you need to clone DataKernel locally and import it as a Maven project. Before running the example, build the project (Ctrl + F9 for IntelliJ IDEA).

Then open HttpHelloWorldExample class, which is located at datakernel -> examples -> tutorials -> getting-started and run its main() method. Open your favourite browser and go to localhost:8080.

2. Step-by-step guide

First, create a folder for application and build an appropriate project structure:

└── pom.xml
└── src
    └── main
        └── java

Configure your pom.xml file in the following way to add a maven dependency to use DataKernel in your project.

Then, write down the following code to

public final class HttpHelloWorldExample extends HttpServerLauncher {
	AsyncServlet servlet() {
		return request -> Promise.of(ok200().withPlainText("Hello World"));

	public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
		Launcher launcher = new HttpHelloWorldExample();

First, we extend HttpHelloWorldExample from HttpServerLauncher, which will help to manage application lifecycle. Next, we provide an AsyncServlet, which receives HttpRequest from clients, creates HttpResponse and sends it.

Override AsyncServer.serve using lambda. This method defines processing of received requests. As you can see, we are using Promise here, creating a promise of HttpResponse with code 200 and “Hello World!” body.

Finally, define main method to launch our server with launch method. This method launches server in the following steps: injects dependencies, starts application, runs it and finally stops it.

Let’s now test the application. Run HttpHelloWorldExample.main(), then open your favourite browser and go to localhost:8080. You will receive a Hello World! message proceeded by the server. Congratulations, you’ve just created your first DataKernel application!

What’s next?

To make DataKernel more developer-friendly, we’ve created dozens of tutorials and examples of different scales, representing most of the framework’s capabilities. Click “Next” to get to the next tutorial. You can also find the lists of tutorials on the left.