Spring boot and Spring JdbcTemplate example

Date published30.07.2018Time to read4 minutes read

Let's build some simple example that demonstrate ease of Spring Boot use when building applications that need to connect to, in this case - MySql database. Final output will be single - standalone jar file that can be executed as java -jar my-boot-artifact.jar and will be able to process http requests. Application is intentionally made simple, there's no big architecture inside it - you can see database code inside Controller method, which you'd normally not use for real world projects.

Let's get started:

  • Create directory my-sample-boot-app
  • Inside it create pom.xml file with the following content
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
         xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">


    <description>Demo project for Spring Boot</description>
        <!-- lookup parent from repository -->




We're including spring-boot-starter-parent to get all the intelligent defaults usually required. In order to get Spring MVC controllers and database access related code (Spring JDBC Template in this case), we include spring-boot-starter-web, spring-boot-starter-jdbc, mysql-connector-java dependencies.  In order to package application as standalone jar file, we're including spring-boot-maven-plugin. After that we can import this as project in your own IDE. You should create directory structure such as the one given below:

├── pom.xml
├── src
│   ├── main
│   │   ├── java
│   │   │   └── demo
│   │   │       ├── DemoApplication.java
│   │   │       └── web
│   │   │           ├── Person.java
│   │   │           └── PersonController.java
│   │   └── resources
│   │       ├── application.properties
│   │       ├── static
│   │       └── templates
│   └── test
│       └── java
│           └── demo
│               └── DemoApplicationTests.java

Having maven installed on your machine, you can navigate to the root of your directory, and issue: mvn spring-boot:run command, which should start your application, with running Tomcat server instance inside ready to accept http requests.

DemoApplication is application entry class (contains main method). It is annotated with SpringBootApplication which bootstraps application and tries to guess the intelligent defaults your app might want to use based on what dependencies you listed in pom.xml file.

Our request handler can be accessed via http://localhost:8099/person?id=1. It responds to HTTP request with JSON response. You can use either browser or any HTTP client, such as CURL. Our Spring MVC controller looks like this:

package demo.web;

import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.jdbc.core.JdbcTemplate;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Controller;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestParam;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.ResponseBody;

public class PersonController {

    private JdbcTemplate jdbcTemplate;

    @RequestMapping(value = "/person")
    Person dailyStats(@RequestParam Integer id) {
        String query = "SELECT first_name, last_name, age" +
                " from person where person.id = " + id;

        return jdbcTemplate.queryForObject(query, (resultSet, i) -> {
            return new Person(resultSet.getString(1), resultSet.getString(2), resultSet.getInt(3));


You can see that actual JDBC code is quite lightweight. Our example requires database table schema such as:

CREATE TABLE `person` (
  `first_name` varchar(30) NOT NULL,
  `last_name` varchar(40) NOT NULL,
  `age` int(11) NOT NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY (`id`),
  UNIQUE KEY `unique_id` (`id`)

Once database is set up, we can run our application via already mentioned mvn spring-boot:run shell command.

Initial call takes a bit longer, while maven downloads required dependencies, and assembles jar, which is ran afterwards.

emoji-exclamation This project requires Java 8 JDK.

Source code is hosted @ Github

That was all for today! Hope you liked it!