Lightbend Activator

Play Application in java with Presto

Activator will be EOL-ed on May 24, 2017.

We’re making it easier and simpler for developers to get started with Lightbend technologies. This unfortunately means that future releases of Play, Akka and Scala will no longer include Activator support, and Lightbend’s Activator server will be decommissioned by the end of 2017. Instead of supporting Activator to create and set up development projects, we'll be supporting standard Giter8 templates for sbt users and Maven archetypes for Maven users. So going forward,

To create new Lightbend projects

Instead of using the Activator command, make sure you have sbt 0.13.13 (or higher), and use the “sbt new” command, providing the name of the template. For example, “$ sbt new akka/hello-akka.g8”. You can find a list of templates here.

Also, as a convenience, the Lightbend Project Starter allows you to quickly create a variety of example projects that you just unzip and run.

To create new templates

If you want to create new templates, you can now do that in Giter8.

To migrate templates from Activator to Giter8

If you created Activator templates in the past, please consider migrating them to Giter8 with this simple process.

Play Application in java with Presto

Pallavi Singh, Geetika Gupta
April 24, 2017
scala seed playframework database bigdata presto sql query-engine

This is an starter Activator project in PlayFramework with Presto

How to get "Play Application in java with Presto" on your computer

There are several ways to get this template.

Option 1: Choose play-java-prestodb-seed in the Lightbend Activator UI.

Already have Lightbend Activator (get it here)? Launch the UI then search for play-java-prestodb-seed in the list of templates.

Option 2: Download the play-java-prestodb-seed project as a zip archive

If you haven't installed Activator, you can get the code by downloading the template bundle for play-java-prestodb-seed.

  1. Download the Template Bundle for "Play Application in java with Presto"
  2. Extract the downloaded zip file to your system
  3. The bundle includes a small bootstrap script that can start Activator. To start Lightbend Activator's UI:

    In your File Explorer, navigate into the directory that the template was extracted to, right-click on the file named "activator.bat", then select "Open", and if prompted with a warning, click to continue:

    Or from a command line:

     C:\Users\typesafe\play-java-prestodb-seed> activator ui 
    This will start Lightbend Activator and open this template in your browser.

Option 3: Create a play-java-prestodb-seed project from the command line

If you have Lightbend Activator, use its command line mode to create a new project from this template. Type activator new PROJECTNAME play-java-prestodb-seed on the command line.

Option 4: View the template source

The creator of this template maintains it at

Option 5: Preview the tutorial below

We've included the text of this template's tutorial below, but it may work better if you view it inside Activator on your computer. Activator tutorials are often designed to be interactive.

Preview the tutorial

A tutorial Seed for Play Application with Play 2.5(Java) and Presto


Presto is an open source distributed SQL query engine for running interactive analytic queries against data sources of all sizes ranging from gigabytes to petabytes.

The seed application connects Play Application with Presto using JDBC

The seed will allow user to connect to Presto, and the play application can query on big data. The scope of the application can be further extended for using other data bases as sources and allowing presto to query on these databases. This seed can be starting point to develop a big data application with Play Framework

Setting up the template

Follow the steps below to use this seed as the starting point for the Play application with Presto

  • Please ensure that the Presto Server is Running
  • Start the application
  • Provide with the following form details: Catalog Name, Database and Table
  • Press the Submit Button

For more details on setting up the Presto : Please visit here