This is very time consuming.
When I move the files to the /webapps/ folder, it works as expected, but the files are not packaged in a JAR. The docs mention this, so I cannot continue this way.
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LiveReload server is running on port 35729
You need to turn on a couple of features in IntelliJ to make this work.
First, there's a project specific setting which you would need to apply on any project you want to use devtools in. Go to Preferences > Compiler and enable "Make project automatically."
The next setting is an IDEA registry setting that applies to all projects.
After that, restart your app. You will notice that the project keeps rebuilding with every change you make. When you check out the result in the browser, you will see both static files and code have been updated.
I also wrote a blog post about this a little while ago. http://patrickgrimard.com/2016/01/18/spring-boot-devtools-first-look/