Prolog, a declarative logic programming language, shines in solving specific types of problems that require knowledge representation and logical inference. Integrating Prolog with Spring Boot can bring the power of logic programming to your Java applications.

1. Setting Up Your Environment

  • Add JPL Dependency: Include the Java Prolog Interface (JPL) library in your project’s pom.xml file:
    <version>7.3.1</version> </dependency>
  • Prolog Implementation: Choose a Prolog implementation like SWI-Prolog and install it on your system.

2. Creating a Prolog Service

import org.jpl7.*;

public class PrologService {

    private Query query;

    public void init() {
        String pathToPrologFile = "path/to/your/prolog/"; // Update with your path
        query = new Query("consult('" + pathToPrologFile + "')");
        if (!query.hasSolution()) {
            throw new RuntimeException("Failed to consult Prolog file.");

    public Map<String, Term> queryProlog(String queryText) {
        query = new Query(queryText);
        if (query.hasSolution()) {
            return query.oneSolution().getMap();
        } else {
            return null; // Or throw an exception

3. Using the Prolog Service

public class MyController {

    private PrologService prologService;

    public ResponseEntity<?> solveQuery(@PathVariable String query) {
        Map<String, Term> result = prologService.queryProlog(query);
        if (result != null) {
            return ResponseEntity.ok(result);
        } else {
            return ResponseEntity.notFound().build();


  1. Dependency and Setup: We add the JPL dependency and set up the Prolog engine in the init method.

  2. Prolog Service: The queryProlog method handles sending queries to Prolog and returns results as a map.

  3. Controller: The controller exposes an endpoint to receive queries, passes them to the Prolog service, and returns the results.

Key Points:

  • Data Exchange: Carefully handle the conversion between Java objects and Prolog terms.
  • Error Handling: Implement proper error handling mechanisms for Prolog queries.
  • Performance: Be mindful of performance implications when dealing with complex queries and large knowledge bases.

This detailed guide provides a more comprehensive view of integrating Prolog with Spring Boot. Feel free to ask if you have any further questions!

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