Shannon Kendrick Shannon Kendrick - 2 months ago 18
Apache Configuration Question

How do I use Spring Boot to serve static content located in Dropbox folder?

I have a Spring Boot web application, and I would like to serve static content located in a shared Dropbox directory on my Linode VPS (~/Dropbox/images). I've read that Spring Boot will automatically serve static content from


but of course my Dropbox directory is not on the classpath.

Although I could configure Apache to serve the images in my Dropbox folder, I would like to take advantage of Spring Security to restrict access of the static content to authenticated users.


You can add your own static resource handler (it overwrites the default), e.g.

public class StaticResourceConfiguration extends WebMvcConfigurerAdapter {
    public void addResourceHandlers(ResourceHandlerRegistry registry) {

There is some documentation about this in Spring Boot, but it's really just a vanilla Spring MVC feature.

Also since spring boot 1.2 (I think) you can simply set spring.resources.staticLocations.