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nx-ktor

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Nx Plugin to generate, run, package, build (and more) Ktor projects inside your Nx workspace

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Features

Here is a list of some of the coolest features of the plugin:

  • ✅ Generation of Ktor applications based on Ktor Starter API
  • ✅ Building, packaging, testing, etc your Ktor projects
  • ✅ 🆕 Built-in support for creating multi-modules Spring Boot projects with both Maven and Gradle
  • ✅ Built-in support for code formatting using the excellent Spotless plugin for Maven or Gradle
  • ✅ Built-in support for corporate proxies (either via --proxyUrl or by defining environment variable http_proxy, HTTP_PROXY, https_proxy or HTTPS_PROXY)
  • ✅ Integration with Nx's dependency graph (through nx graph or nx affected:graph): this allows you to visualize the dependencies of any Ktor's Maven/Gradle applications or libraries inside your workspace, just like Nx natively does it for JS/TS-based projects!
  • ...

Setup

📢 ℹ️ 🆕 HEADS UP! New simplified setup since October 2023, with our custom CLI!

You can now use our own create-nx-ktor CLI to easily create a Nx workspace, that comes with this plugin pre-installed!

Simply run:

# npm
npx create-nx-ktor@latest
# or
# yarn
yarn create nx-ktor

and you are good to go‧o‧o‧o! 🚀

More information here: create-nx-ktor

Otherwise, this is the traditional way of setting things up:

1. Creating the Nx workspace

If you have not already, create an Nx workspace with the following:

# npm
npx create-nx-workspace@latest

# yarn
yarn create nx-workspace

2. Installing the Plugin

Then you need to install the plugin in order to generate Ktor applications later on.

# npm
npm install @nxrocks/nx-ktor --save-dev

# yarn
yarn add @nxrocks/nx-ktor --dev

Generators

This plugin is composed of 2 main generators:

  • project generator
  • link generator

Generating Project (project generator)

Simply run the project generator with the following command:

nx g @nxrocks/nx-ktor:project <your-app-name>

you can also use the following aliases to call the generator: proj, new, or create

You will be prompted for entering the most commonly customized generation options (like project's groupId, artifactId, features, etc).

To skip the interactive prompt, or if you want to customize all non-prompted options, you can pass them along directly when running the command, as such:

nx g @nxrocks/nx-ktor:project <your-app-name> --optionName1 optionValue1 ... --optionNameN optionValueN

Generation Options

Here the list of available generation options :

Arguments Description
<name> The name of your project.
Option Value Description
buildSystem MAVEN | GRADLE | GRADLE_KTS Build system
groupId string Group Id of the project
artifactId string Artifact Id of the project
kotlinVersion string Kotlin version to use
engine NETTY | JETTY | CIO | TOMCAT Engine to use to serve the application
configurationLocation YAML | HOCON | CODE Configuratin Location to use
skipFormat boolean Do not add the ability to format code (using Spotless plugin)
skipCodeSamples boolean Do not generate code samples
features string List of features to use (comma-separated). Go to recipes for more information
transformIntoMultiModule boolean Transform the project into a multi-module project. Go to recipes for more information
addToExistingParentModule boolean Add the project into an existing parent module project. Go to recipes for more information
parentModuleName string Name of the parent module to create or to add child project into. Go to recipes for more information
keepProjectLevelWrapper boolean Keep the Maven or Gradle wrapper files from child project (when generating a multi-module project). Go to recipes for more information
ktorVersion string Ktor version to use
ktorInitializrUrl https://start.ktor.io URL to the Ktor Start instance to use
proxyUrl string The URL of the (corporate) proxy server to use to access Ktor Launch
tags string Tags to use for linting (comma-separated)
directory string Directory where the project is placed

Note: If you are working behind a corporate proxy, you can use the proxyUrl option to specify the URL of that corporate proxy server. Otherwise, you'll get a ETIMEDOUT error when trying to access official Ktor Launch to generate the project. Even simpler, you can just define environment variable http_proxy, HTTP_PROXY, https_proxy or HTTPS_PROXY globally.

Linking Projects (link generator)

This generator is used to link a Ktor project inside the workspace (the source project) with another project (the _target project), by adding the source project as an implicit dependency of the later.

Simply run the link generator with the following command:

nx g @nxrocks/nx-ktor:link

you can also use the following aliases to call the generator: link-project

You will be prompted for entering the most commonly customized generation options (sourceProjectName, targetProjectName).

To skip the interactive prompt, you can pass options along directly when running the command, as such:

nx g @nxrocks/nx-ktor:link --sourceProjectName <your-ktor-app> --targetProjectName <your-other-app>

or even simpler:

nx g @nxrocks/nx-ktor:link  <your-ktor-app>  <your-other-app>

Generation Options

Here the list of available generation options :

Arguments Description
<sourceProjectName> The name of the source(Ktor) project to link from. 1st argument of the link generator. Can also be provided as option --sourceProjectName
<targetProjectName> The name of the target project to link to. 2nd argument of the link generator. Can also be provided as option --targetProjectName

Executors

Once your app is generated, you can now use executors to manage it.

Here the list of available executors:

Executor Arguments Description
run | serve ignoreWrapper:boolean, runFromParentModule:boolean, args: string[] Runs the project in dev mode using either ./mvnw|mvn exec:java or ./gradlew|gradle runFatJar
build ignoreWrapper:boolean, runFromParentModule:boolean, args: string[] Packages the project using either ./mvnw|mvn package or ./gradlew|gradle buildFatJar
install ignoreWrapper:boolean, runFromParentModule:boolean, args: string[] Installs the project's artifacts to local Maven repository (in ~/.m2/repository) using either ./mvnw|mvn install or ./gradlew|gradle publishToMavenLocal
test ignoreWrapper:boolean, runFromParentModule:boolean, args: string[] Tests the project using either ./mvnw|mvn test or ./gradlew|gradle test
clean ignoreWrapper:boolean, runFromParentModule:boolean, args: string[] Cleans the project using either ./mvnw|mvn clean or ./gradlew|gradle clean
format ignoreWrapper:boolean, runFromParentModule:boolean, args: string[] Format the project using Spotless plugin for Maven or Gradle
build-image ignoreWrapper:boolean, runFromParentModule:boolean, args: string[] Generates an OCI Image using either ./mvnw|mvn docker:build or ./gradlew|gradle buildImage
publish-image* ignoreWrapper:boolean, runFromParentModule:boolean, args: string[] Builds the project into a Docker image and publishes it to an external registry using either ./mvnw|mvn docker:push or ./gradlew|gradle publishImage
publish-image-locally ignoreWrapper:boolean, runFromParentModule:boolean, args: string[] Builds the project into a Docker image and publishes it to local registry using either ./mvnw|mvn docker:push or ./gradlew|gradle publishImageToLocalRegistry
run-docker ignoreWrapper:boolean, runFromParentModule:boolean, args: string[] Builds the project into a Docker image and runs it using either ./mvnw|mvn docker:run or ./gradlew|gradle rundDocker

* Additonal configuration is needed to configure Docker external registry (for Gradle-based projects, for Maven-based projects)

In order to execute the requested command, each executor will use, by default, the embedded ./mvnw or ./gradlew executable, that was generated alongside the project. If you want to rely on a globally installed mvn or gradle executable instead, add the --ignoreWrapper option to bypass it. This can be useful in a CI environment for example, or in a restricted environment where the binary cannot be downloaded (due to proxy/firewall limitations).

You can pass in additional arguments to the underlying Gradle or Maven, either temporarily (via --args="..."). For example:

nx run your-ktor-app --args="-Dpackaging=docker-native"

Or, permanently by editing the related executor in the workspace.json file, as such:

{
  "version": 1,
  "projects": {
    "your-ktor-app": {
      "projectType": "application",
      "root": "apps/your-ktor-app",
      "sourceRoot": "apps/your-ktor-app/src",
      "targets": {
        "dockerfile": {
          "executor": "@nxrocks/nx-ktor:run-docker",
          "options": {
            "root": "apps/your-ktor-app",
            "args": ["-Dpackaging=docker-native"]// your additional args here
          }
        }
      }
    }},
  "cli": {
    "defaultCollection": "@nx/workspace"
  }
}

Running the project in dev mode - (run or serve Executors)

nx run your-ktor-app:run

// or
nx serve your-ktor-app

Building the aplication - (build Executor)

nx build your-ktor-app

Note: a task dependency to install executor of dependent (library) projects is added by the plugin, so that Nx will automatically install dependent artifacts to your local Maven repository, prior to running this command. This is particulaly useful, when for example, you have a Spring Boot application that depends on another Spring ktor library in the workspace. No more need to install the library yourself first!

Install the project's artifacts to local Maven repository (in ~/.m2/repository) - (install Executor)

nx install your-ktor-app

Building the Docker Image - (build-image Executor)

nx build-image your-ktor-app"

Publishing the Docker Image - (publish-image Executor)

nx publish-image your-ktor-app"

Note: a task dependency to build-image executor is automatically added by the plugin, so that Nx will automatically run build-image prior to running this command.

Publishing the Docker Image locally - (publish-image-locally Executor)

nx publish-image-locally your-ktor-app"

Note: a task dependency to build-image executor is automatically added by the plugin, so that Nx will automatically run build-image prior to running this command.

Running the application from inside the Docker Image - (run-docker Executor)

nx rund-docker your-ktor-app"

Note: a task dependency to build-image executor is automatically added by the plugin, so that Nx will automatically run build-image prior to running this command.

Testing the project - (test Executor)

nx test your-ktor-app

Cleaning the project - (clean Executor)

nx clean your-ktor-app

Formatting the code - (format Executor)

nx run your-ktor-app:format

// or simply

nx apply-format your-ktor-app

Note: You *cannot** use the shorter nx format your-ktor-app syntax here, because that would conflict with the native format command from Nx CLI.

Compatibility with Nx

Every Nx plugin relies on the underlying Nx Workspace/DevKit it runs on. This table provides the compatibility matrix between major versions of Nx workspace and this plugin.

Plugin Version Nx Workspace version
>=v4.x.x >=v18.x.x
>=v3.x.x >=v17.x.x
>=v2.x.x >=v16.x.x
>=v1.x.x >=v15.8.x

License

Copyright (c) 2023-present Tine Kondo. Licensed under the MIT License (MIT)

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