Webhooks have become an essential part of the modern-day application landscape. They allow the application to receive real-time updates from other services in a simple, yet powerful manner. With Spring Boot, it’s quite easy to implement webhooks for your application, as it offers a lot of flexibility and convenience. In this blog post, we will be going over a step-by-step guide on how to implement a webhook with Spring Boot.


Before we start, you should have a basic understanding of the following:

  • Java programming language
  • Spring Boot framework
  • RESTful Web Services
  • Git

Setting up the Project

  1. Installing the JDK

To get started, we need to install the Java Development Kit (JDK). You can download and install the latest version of the JDK from the official Java website.

  1. Installing an IDE

Next, you need to install an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) such as IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse, or NetBeans. For this guide, we will be using IntelliJ IDEA.

  1. Creating a New Project

Open IntelliJ IDEA and create a new project. Select the “Spring Initializer” project type and then choose the following options:

  • Project: Maven
  • Packaging: Jar
  • Java version: 8 or above
  • Spring Boot version: Latest version (2.4.3 at the time of writing)
  • Project Metadata: Group, Artifact, and Name of your choice.
  1. Importing the Project into IntelliJ IDEA

Once the project is created, you can import it into IntelliJ IDEA by selecting the “Import Project” option and then choosing the project folder.

Creating the RESTful Web Service

  1. Adding the Required Dependencies

To create the RESTful web service, we need to add the following dependencies to our pom.xml file:

  1. Creating the RESTful Web Service Endpoint

Next, we will create a RESTful web service endpoint to receive the webhook requests. To do this, create a new Java class and add the following code:

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

public class WebhookController {
   public void receiveWebhook(@RequestBody String payload) {
      //process the webhook payload

The @RestController annotation indicates that this class will handle RESTful requests. The @PostMapping annotation maps the endpoint to the /webhook path and will handle HTTP POST requests. The @RequestBody annotation indicates that the payload of the request should be passed as the method argument.

Testing the RESTful Web Service

  1. Running the Application

To run the application, right-click on the Application class and select the “Run” option. You can then access the RESTful web service endpoint by visiting http://localhost:8080/webhook.

  1. Testing the Webhook Endpoint

To test the webhook endpoint, you can use a tool such as Postman or curl. In this example, we will be using Postman.

Create a new POST request in Postman, set the URL to http://localhost:8080/webhook, and set the request body to a sample payload. Send the request and verify that the endpoint is receiving the payload.

Implementing the Webhook Processing

  1. Parsing the Payload

In the receiveWebhook method, we will parse the payload to extract the relevant information. To do this, you can use a JSON library such as Jackson or Gson. In this example, we will be using Jackson.

Add the following dependency to your pom.xml file:


Next, create a Java class to represent the payload and add the following code:

import com.fasterxml.jackson.annotation.JsonProperty;

public class Payload {
   private String eventType;
   // other fields and getters/setters

In the receiveWebhook method, we will parse the payload using the following code:

import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.ObjectMapper;

// ...

public void receiveWebhook(@RequestBody String payload) {
   ObjectMapper objectMapper = new ObjectMapper();
   Payload parsedPayload = objectMapper.readValue(payload, Payload.class);
   // process the parsed payload
  1. Processing the Payload

With the payload parsed, we can now implement the processing logic. This can involve updating a database, triggering a notification, or any other action that is relevant to your application.

In this example, we will simply log the event type and payload:

public void receiveWebhook(@RequestBody String payload) {
   // ...
   log.info("Received webhook with event type: {} and payload: {}", parsedPayload.getEventType(), parsedPayload);

Testing the Webhook Processing

Repeat the testing steps from the previous section to verify that the webhook processing logic is working as expected. You should see the event type and payload logged in the console or log file.


In this blog post, we went over a step-by-step guide on how to implement a webhook with Spring Boot. We covered the setup of the project, creation of the RESTful web service endpoint, parsing of the payload, and processing of the payload. With the skills learned in this guide, you should be able to implement webhooks in your own Spring Boot applications.

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