How to Add System Properties to JBoss AS 7

Option 1, when the server is stopped, add to $JBOSS_HOME/standalone/configuration/standalone.xml, after the <extensions> element:

    <property name="season" value="spring"/>

Option 2, when the server is running, run jboss-cli.sh or jboss-cli.bat command to add system property. The property will be persisted to standalone.xml, so it has the same effect as option 1:
jboss-cli.sh -c "/system-property=buzz:add(value='This\ is\ buzz')"

Option 3, add -Dkey=val to standalone.sh command line:
standalone.sh -Dseason=spring

Option 4, pass a properties file containing desired properties to standalone.sh. This is especially convenient if you need a list of dynamic system properties.
standalone.sh -P /tmp/a.properties

Now after the server is up and running, how do you verify your system properties are present with correct value?
  • Test it with any deployed app that prints out the system properties. 
  • View $JBOSS_HOME/standalone/log/server.log, search for the system property name.  Only system properties specified in command line (option 3 & 4) are logged at server startup. 
  • View all system properties in admin console at http://localhost:9990.
    • Runtime tab | Server | Configuration | Environment Properties
  • To list all system properties present in standalone.xml (not including those specified in command line):
    jboss-cli.sh -c "/system-property=*:read-resource"


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