B4J Tutorial [server] Run a Server on Azure as an App Service

Discussion in 'B4J Tutorials' started by xulihang, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. xulihang

    xulihang Active Member Licensed User

    Since Azure supports Jetty, a B4J server app can also run on azure.

    1. Search jetty in the marketplace and create a web app service.


    2. Use git to clone the repository. You can find the link in "Properties".

    3. Place your .jar at someplace in the repository and edit web.config.

    change this:

                                 -jar "d:\home\site\wwwroot\bin\jetty-distribution-
    to this:

                                 -jar "d:\home\site\wwwroot\bin\start.jar"
    The server needs to set its port based on the argument. The b4j code:

    Sub AppStart (Args() As String)
    Dim port As Int
    End Sub
    4. Then use git push to make deployment.

    Here is an example: https://b4jserver.azurewebsites.net/hello

    More detailed instruction by tchart: https://www.b4x.com/android/forum/t...on-azure-as-an-app-service.98277/#post-638780

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    Last edited: Mar 6, 2019
  2. tchart

    tchart Active Member Licensed User

    Hi xulihang, this looks awesome. Could you provide more details on how you do the git clone and jar replacement? I'm a bit stuck.
  3. xulihang

    xulihang Active Member Licensed User

    Get the DEPLOYMENT TRIGGER URL in Properties and you can clone it. It's like

    You can see or set your own credentials in development center.
  4. antsnel

    antsnel Member Licensed User

  5. xulihang

    xulihang Active Member Licensed User

    You should find your own link as shown in the picture.

    Use the command below to clone it (install git first and replace the link with yours):

    git clone  "https://$basiccat-server:apikey@basiccat-server.scm.azurewebsites.net/"
    Then do the following step 3 and step 4.
  6. tchart

    tchart Active Member Licensed User

    I got mine running.

    I haven't had time to write the steps up yet.

    I did note that the latest version of Java they offer wasn't a JDK and app wouldn't start. I set it to the lowest 1.8.x and that worked.
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  7. antsnel

    antsnel Member Licensed User

    Great! Thanks for the heads up on the JDK!
  8. tchart

    tchart Active Member Licensed User

    Ok here goes.

    1) I found the easiest way to start off was actually from the github site and to press the "Deploy to Azure" button at the bottom - URL is https://github.com/azure-appservice-samples/JettyTemplate

    2019-01-14 19_50_30-Window.png
    2) Complete the details of your app in the wizard

    2019-01-14 19_51_10-Window.png

    3) Wait for it to deploy. You will find the app wont actually start correctly

    2019-01-14 20_00_19-Window.png

    4) Under application settings adjust Java version - use 1.8.0_25
    2019-01-14 20_01_13-Window.png

    5) Jetty will now start correctly
    2019-01-14 20_02_06-Window.png

    6) Now set up your jServer project as per xulihangs instructions

    2019-01-14 20_05_10-Window.png

    7) Set up FTP to your site and upload the new JAR file (stop the app first). FTP credentials are under Deployment Center.

    2019-01-14 20_13_36-Window.png

    8) Now edit the web.config file under wwwroot

    2019-01-22 19_19_51-_site_wwwroot_web.config.png

    9) Now start up the app and it should be good to go

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  9. xulihang

    xulihang Active Member Licensed User

    Very detailed step by step instruction! FTP may be a more appropriate way to deploy B4J apps than git.
  10. tchart

    tchart Active Member Licensed User

    Agree, I only use git for the template, the B4J app is deployed over FTP. I'm sure the steps could be streamlined but I haven't had another look yet .
  11. tchart

    tchart Active Member Licensed User

    Just an FYI, if you deploy on the free tier for the app service that your service will be shut down when idle. This means if you have any background jobs that execute on a timer that they may not run.
  12. tchart

    tchart Active Member Licensed User

    Also, I have created a template based on B4J Server which works out of the box. Workflow is the same as above but the website works straight away with a B4J server app which you can replace with your own. To update the JAR via FTP you first need to disconnect from the GitHub project in Deployment Centre - havent figured out how to do that via config yet.

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  13. tchart

    tchart Active Member Licensed User

    I have updated the azuredeploy.json file to enable websockets by default - which work great.

    I have also uploaded the source code for the azure_template project.
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