Lightweight.
Fast.
Crafted for Microservices.

Helidon is a cloud-native, open‑source set of Java libraries for writing microservices that run on a fast web core powered by Netty.

Lightweight.
Fast.
Crafted for Microservices.

Helidon is a cloud-native, open‑source set of Java libraries for writing microservices that run on a fast web core powered by Netty.

Why Helidon?

Write Your Next Microservice with Helidon

Simple and Fast

Helidon is designed to be simple to use, with tooling and examples to get you going quickly. Since Helidon is simply a collection of Java libraries running on a fast Netty core, there is no extra overhead or bloat.

Full MicroProfile Support

Helidon supports MicroProfile and provides familiar APIs like JAX-RS, CDI and JSON-P/B. Our implementation runs on our fast Helidon Reactive WebServer.

Reactive WebServer

Helidon Reactive WebServer provides a modern functional programming model and runs on top of Netty. Lightweight, flexible and reactive, the Helidon WebServer provides a simple-to-use and fast foundation for your microservices.

Observable and Resilient

With support for health checks, metrics, tracing and fault tolerance, Helidon has what you need to write cloud-ready applications that integrate with Prometheus, Jaeger/Zipkin and Kubernetes.

GraalVM Native Image Support

Helidon supports GraalVM Native Image so you can compile your Helidon application into a small-footprint native executable. Or you can package your application as a jlink image or a traditional application JAR.

Persistence Support

Helidon fully supports DB connectivity. Its non-blocking database client supports existing blocking JDBC drivers as well as relational and non-relational databases.

Natively awesome

Features That Make the Difference

All the cloud-native features you need in a declarative programming model based on industry standards.

Learn about Helidon MicroProfile

  • Full MicroProfile support
  • Full GraalVM native-image support
  • Full CDI support
  • GraphQL, CORS and gRPC out-of-the-box support
  • Reactive streams messaging
public class GreetService {
@GET
@Path("/greet")
public String getMsg() {
return "Hello World!";
}
}

Memory Footprint

70 MB
Helidon & GraalVM Native
165 MB
Helidon & JLink JVM
175 MB
Helidon & JVM

Disk Space Usage

92 MB
Helidon & GraalVM Native
130 MB
Helidon & JLink JVM
309 MB
Helidon & JVM

Startup Time

0.09 sec
Helidon & GraalVM Native
1.59 sec
Helidon & JLink JVM
2.03 sec
Helidon & JVM

Cloud Native Ecosystem

openjdk
openjdk
microprofile
microprofile
docker
docker
prometheus
prometheus
zipkin
zipkin
kubernetes
kubernetes
graalvm
graalvm
jersey
jersey
opentracing
opentracing
jaeger
jaeger
openapi
openapi
netty
netty

Helidon Command Line Utility

Create, build and develop with the Helidon CLI.

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$ helidonUsage: helidon [OPTIONS] COMMANDHelidon Project command line toolOptions: -D<name>=<value> Define a system property --verbose Produce verbose output --debug Produce debug output --plain Do not use color or styles in outputCommands: build Build the application dev Continuous application development info Print project information init Generate a new project version Print version informationRun 'helidon COMMAND --help' for more information on a command.

Speeding Encouraged!

Don't want DI and declarative programming? Then code to Helidon's reactive APIs. No magic. Just Java. Lean and fast.

Learn about Helidon Reactive

WebServer.create(
Routing.builder()
.get("/greet", (req, res)
-> res.send("Hello World!"))
.build())
.start();
Natively Awesome

No Magic! Just Java!

Even smaller memory footprint.
Even less disk space used.
Even faster startup time.

  • Full GraalVM native-image support
  • CORS and gRPC out-of-the-box support
  • Reactive streams messaging
  • Reactive DB Client
  • Reactive Web Client
  • REST, GraphQL, health, metrics, tracing

Memory Footprint

29 MB
Helidon & GraalVM Native
74 MB
Helidon & JLink JVM
78 MB
Helidon & JVM

Disk Space Usage

36 MB
Helidon & GraalVM Native
79 MB
Helidon & JLink JVM
299 MB
Helidon & JVM

Startup Time

0.05 sec
Helidon & GraalVM Native
0.51 sec
Helidon & JLink JVM
0.8 sec
Helidon & JVM
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Helidon is completely Open Source! YOU decide what Helidon is and will be!

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