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Java Spring Basics Spring Components and Configuring Our App Adding a Spring Configuration File

Emanuel Vasconcelos
Emanuel Vasconcelos
4,248 Points

When I run bootrun I get a build failed with an exception error

I tried to follow as best as I can the lessons but when I execute the bootrun command some strange things start to happen. I'm able to see the Whitelabel Error Page at localhost:8080 but I have noticed that the terminal is showing me the following error message:

:bootRun FAILED

FAILURE: Build failed with an exception.

* What went wrong:
Execution failed for task ':bootRun'.
> Process 'command 'C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_144\bin\java.exe'' finished with non-zero exit value 1

* Try:
Run with --stacktrace option to get the stack trace. Run with --info or --debug option to get more log output.


Total time: 47.593 secs
Process 'command 'C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_144\bin\java.exe'' finished with non-zero exit value 1
07:40:13 AM: External task execution finished 'bootRun'.

I think it's a problem related to my jdk but I don't know how to fix it. Here's my gradle code:

group 'com.emanuel'
version '1.0-SNAPSHOT'

        classpath 'org.springframework.boot:spring-boot-gradle-plugin:1.5.6.RELEASE'

apply plugin: 'java'
apply plugin: 'spring-boot'

sourceCompatibility = 1.8

repositories {

dependencies {
  compile 'org.springframework.boot:spring-boot-starter-web:1.5.6.RELEASE'
And here's my AppConfig.java

package com.emanuel.giftlib;

import org.springframework.boot.SpringApplication;
import org.springframework.boot.autoconfigure.EnableAutoConfiguration;

public class AppConfig {
    public static void main (String [] args){


Could someone please tell me what's going on. I'm completely new to this and I know that I won't be able to continue the course without fixing this issue.

Thanks in advance.

stefan dumitru
stefan dumitru
305 Points

Same problem here. I really don't understand why the heck they choose gradle over maven when 80% of the tutorials online use maven. My company uses maven, other people I know doing java dev use maven. Yet here I am, stuck in the first 10minutes of the tutorial :)