Play Java gRPC Example

This example application shows how to use Akka gRPC to both expose and use gRPC services inside an Play application.

The Play Framework combines productivity and performance making it easy to build scalable web applications with Java and Scala. Play is developer friendly with a “just hit refresh” workflow and built-in testing support. With Play, applications scale predictably due to a stateless and non-blocking architecture.

Akka gRPC is a toolkit for building streaming gRPC servers and clients on top of Akka Streams.

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Obtaining this example

You may download the code from GitHub directly or you can kickstart your Play gRPC project on Lightbend’s Tech Hub.

What this example does

This example runs a Play application which serves both HTTP/1.1 and gRPC (over HTTP/2) enpoints. This application also uses an Akka-gRPC client to send a request to itself. When you sent a GET request / the request is handled by a vanilla Play Controller that sends a request over gRPC to the gRPC endpoint:

                   |              |
 -- (HTTP/1.1) --> > Controller  --> --+
                   |              |    |
                   |              |    |
         +-------> > gRPC Router  |    |
         |         |              |    |
         |         ----------------    |
         |                             |
         +------------ (HTTP/2) -------+

When deploying this application on Kubernetes or Openshift, there are some extra considerations wrt request rounting. Refer to Networking for more details on how this sample works on production environments.


Understanding the code

Refer to the understanding the code for more details on how this example application works.