Application version does not show up in Spring Boot banner.txt

Ok, the version gets printed if i build the project and run it via java -jar. But if i start the application within my IDE (IntelliJ IDEA) the version will not be printed.

According to the Spring Boot documentation on Customizing the Banner, the value of ${application.version} is taken from the jar manifest.

The version number of your application as declared in MANIFEST.MF. For example Implementation-Version: 1.0 is printed as 1.0.

When running from an IDE, it’s typical for execution to occur against the class files compiled by the IDE. The IDE typically doesn’t go through a full cycle of building the whole jar with a manifest. Therefore, there is no MANIFEST.MF available at runtime for substituting the value of ${application.version}, and you’re left with the bare token.

This is not a bug in your code, and you’ve already seen that it works correctly when doing a full jar build. If it’s really important to fix this while running through the IDE, then you could consider setting up a custom build step that does go through the full jar build and manifest generation first. That’s probably overkill though. The banner could be validated later outside the IDE by testing against a real release build of the jar.

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