Patrick Hütter

Running Grails applications on the Raspberry Pi

Raspberry PiOracle released an optimized hard-float JVM for the ARM architecture and plattforms so i decided to run a grails application on my raspberry pi wich offers a REST api for some connected devices and sensors. I’m using raspbian linux distribution wich is a debian fork optimized for the raspberry pi.

Here are some steps how i got it working:

1. Install the Java SDK (Version 7, 8 ist not supported by grails now, but will be in future)

sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-sdk

2. Start the Grails application in client mode, not server mode (default), because otherwise you get the following error message:

Error occurred during initialization of VM
Server VM is only supported on ARMv7+ VFP

…so change settings to client mode

export GRAILS_OPTS="-client -Xmx128M -Xms127M -XX:PermSize=128m -XX:MaxPermSize=128m -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8"

…and run grails in your project directory.

grails run-app

After some seconds should your grails application start and you can access it on http://localhost:8080.

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