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Spring Boot + SNS + LocalStack

LocalStack on the local environment
LocalStack on local environment

LocalStack is an open-source Amazon Web Services (AWS) mocking service. Also, it supports aws-cli commands in the shell. We can use LocalStack to test and debug our code without deploying it on the Amazon environment. LocalStack comes with three versions: standard, pro, and enterprise. The standard version already provides common AWS APIs such as Lambda, SNS, SQS, S3.

In this post, we are going to integrate Spring Boot with the Simple Notification Service (SNS) of AWS on the local environment by using the LocalStack. First, we will run LocalStack and then connect to the SNS service from Spring Boot by using the official AWS API. Then we are going to execute a couple of SNS scenarios such as publishing a message.

Note: You can download the code as a Kotlin+Gradle project from here

Running LocalStack

We have a couple of options to run LocalStack in the local environment. Let's go with the docker-compose approach. Docker needs to be installed for this approach.

version: '3.4'

image: localstack/localstack:0.12.15
container_name: localstack_sns
- '4566:4566'
- DEFAULT_REGION=us-east-1
- DATA_DIR=/tmp/localstack/data
- '/var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock'

With a simple docker-compose command, we can initialize and run the LocalStack.

docker-compose up -d

In the first run, it might take some time to download the docker image. In the consecutive runs, it will start faster. We can use the SNS offline as if we are in the AWS environment.

Spring Boot with SNS Integration

Amazon provides an official library for popular programming environments. In this post, we will use Java client in the Kotlin environment. Let's add SNS library to the Gradle file:


SNS Client

Let's create client as a Spring component as shown below:

class AWSSNSConfig {

@Bean(destroyMethod = "shutdown")
fun amazonSNS(): AmazonSNS {
return AmazonSNSClient.builder()
"http://localhost:4566", "us-east-1"))
BasicAWSCredentials("foo", "bar")))

LocalStack uses 4566 port to communicate with all the AWS services. We do not need to provide any real credentials to be able to communicate with LocalStack.

From now on, we can create clients and do SNS-related calls by using this client. We can do the following operations by using this client component:

  • Create Topic
  • List Topics
  • Publish Message
  • Subscribe to Topic
  • List Subscriptions
  • Unsubscribe from Topic
  • Delete Topic

Create SNS Topic

Create an SNS topic from the client is simple. Let's create a topic as shown below:

val topic = "topic"
val createTopic = amazonSNS.createTopic(topic)
val topicArn = createTopic.topicArn

For complex scenarios, we could use CreateTopicRequest instead of providing the topic name directly.

This code behaves similar to the create-topic command of the aws-cli tool.

aws --endpoint-url http://localhost:4566 sns create-topic --name topic

List SNS Topics

Listing of SNS topics can be performed by using the listTopics method of the SNS client as represented below:

val request = ListTopicsRequest()
val result = amazonSNS.listTopics(request)

In this example, we are printing the ARN of the first topic. This command works similar to the list-topics command of the aws-cli. We can observe the list of topics by using the following shell command:

aws --endpoint-url http://localhost:4566 sns list-topics

The output of this command should give the following response:

"Topics": [
"TopicArn": "arn:aws:sns:us-east-1:000000000000:topic"

Publish SNS Message

Publish a message requires a valid topic arn.

val request = PublishRequest()
request.topicArn = topicArn
request.message = "this is a sample message"
request.messageGroupId = "exampleGroupId"
val result = amazonSNS.publish(request)

Subscribe to SNS Topic

Subscription is the heart of the SNS. The main purpose is to direct the message to a receiver service. In this example, we are going to create a simple email subscription for a specific topic.

val request = SubscribeRequest()
request.protocol = "email"
request.endpoint = ""
request.topicArn = topicArn
val result = amazonSNS.subscribe(request)
subscriptionArn = result.subscriptionArn

SNS supports the following subscription protocols:

  • application
  • email
  • firehose
  • http
  • https
  • lambda
  • sms
  • sqs

Also, the same subscription could be done by using the aws-cli as shown below (note that, we are providing the arn of the topic):

aws --endpoint-url http://localhost:4566 sns subscribe --topic-arn arn:aws:sns:us-east-1:000000000000:topic --protocol email --notification-endpoint

The response should something like this:

"SubscriptionArn": "arn:aws:sns:us-east-1:000000000000:topic:6b6dccc9-baf6-4cbb-9d40-e55d737fb0b9"

List Subscriptions

We can use the following code to list all the subscriptions by using the SNS client:

val result = amazonSNS.listSubscriptions()

Also, we can list by following aws-cli command:

aws --endpoint-url http://localhost:4566 sns list-subscriptions

Unsubscribe from SNS Topic

Unsubscribe requires a valid subscription arn.

request.subscriptionArn =  subscriptionArn
val result = amazonSNS.unsubscribe(request)

This code works similar to the following shell command (please note that we provide subscription-arn created before):

aws --endpoint-url http://localhost:4566 sns unsubscribe --subscription-arn arn:aws:sns:us-east-1:000000000000:topic:6b6dccc9-baf6-4cbb-9d40-e55d737fb0b9

Delete an SNS Topic

Like publish operation, delete also requires a valid topic arn.


Finally, we can delete a specific topic by using aws-cli command:

aws --endpoint-url http://localhost:4566 sns delete-topic --topic-arn arn:aws:sns:us-east-1:000000000000:topic


LocalStack is a great tool to work with AWS Cloud API on the local environment. In this post, we integrated Spring Boot with LocalStack and performed common SNS scenarios. In the upcoming posts, I plan to cover SQS and S3 services.




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