(Quick Reference)



The starting point for Grails. This command creates a Grails application using the name specifed by the user. A subdirectory within the directory the command was executed from is then created based on the specified application name.


Create an application in a directory that matches the application name:

grails create-app bookstore
cd bookstore

Create an application in the current directory:

mkdir bookstore
cd bookstore
grails create-app --inplace

Create an application customizing the profile and features (since Grails 3.1):

grails create-app bookstore --profile web --features mongodb,asset-pipeline
grails create-app bookstore --profile rest-api --features hibernate


  • profile - The profile to use to create the application
  • features - The features to use when creating the application
  • inplace - Whether to create the application within the current directory
  • skip-wrapper - If set the grailsw wrapper script and support files will not be generated


The create-app command is responsible for creating an application. By default the command will create an application using the "web" profile. For other available profiles use the list-profiles and profile-info commands to find out what profiles are available. For more information on profiles see the Profiles section of the user guide.


grails create-app [name] [--skip-wrapper] [--profile] [profile name] [--features] [FEATURE NAMES]