When you develop any application it should be properly configured.

Usually the configuration data is stored as property files (for example application.properties, db.properties etc).

There are many places where our application configs can be stored:

  • the resource folder in your application - property files go with your application in the same jar file.
  • the user home folder on your computer - usually this is how people configure the application for development and testing locally.
  • any other folders on your computer or on the server where the application is running
  • any places in the network where the configs can be pulled from

Also the application can be configured with the environmental variables that are usually set at the deployment time.

AppProps Maven dependency

On the date of the post.


UPD: The AppProps functionality is constantly changing (see https://github.com/LenarBad/app-props)

The current version: Lenar.io - AppProps

Create AppProps in application

All you need to do to make all property files accessible for application is to specify what files and where they should be located.

AppProps appProps = new AppProps();

Once you instantiate the AppProps you can read any environmental variable same way as you do that with System.getProperty(..)

appProps.value("protocol", "https");

Now you need to specify all other sources of property files

Property files in Resource folder


Now you can access any property from these files with appProps.value(..)

Property files in User Home folder


Property files in any other folders


Network resources


Reload configs

If you need refresh all your properties then just call the reload() method.


Disable auto loading

If you don’t want all the configs to be automatically loaded/reloaded then you need to instantiate AppProp just like this

AppProps appProps = new AppProps(false);

In this case all configuration properties from all files and environmental variables will be loaded only when you explicitly call reload().

AppProps appProps = new AppProps(false);
appProps.value("protocol", "https");

Overriding properties

Remember the order you adding property files matters.

If a property exists in more than one files then the last value will override all previous values.

This mechanism allows us to use for example .homeDirPropFile("test.properties") to override configuration properties when you run the application or tests locally on your computer - just place in the end.

The current version of AppProps - Lenar.io - AppProps

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