Spring Boot + Hibernate 5 + Mysql Example

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By Dhiraj 16 March, 2018

This article is about integrating spring boot with hibernate. Here, we will be using spring boot and hibernate 5 configurations. We will be creating sample spring boot hibernate example having some rest endpoints exposed through spring controller. The dao class will have sessionFactory injected which will be used to create hibernate session and connect to database. We will be using mysql database.Let's get started.

Table of Contents
1. Project Structure 
2. Maven Dependencies
3. Spring Boot Configuration
4. Basic Datasource Configurations in Spring Boot
5. Hikari Datasource Configurations with Hibernate
6. Hibernate Related Configurations
7. Spring Server Implementation
8. Sample Script
9. Run Spring Boot Hibernate Application
9. Spring Boot 2.0 and Hibernate

Project Structure

Following is the project structure. We have controllers, service and dao layers. We have application.properties defined that contains configurations related to our datasource.


Maven Dependencies

spring-boot-starter-parent: It provides useful Maven defaults. It also provides a dependency-management section so that you can omit version tags for existing dependencies.

spring-boot-starter-web: It includes all the dependencies required to create a web app. This will avoid lining up different spring common project versions.

spring-boot-starter-tomcat: It enable an embedded Apache Tomcat 7 instance, by default.This can be also marked as provided if you wish to deploy the war to any other standalone tomcat.

spring-boot-starter-data-jpa: It provides key dependencies for Hibernate, Spring Data JPA and Spring ORM.


Spring Boot Configuration

@SpringBootApplication enables many defaults. It is a convenience annotation that adds @Configuration, @EnableAutoConfiguration, @EnableWebMvc, @ComponentScan

The main() method uses Spring Boot SpringApplication.run() method to launch an application.

package com.devglan;

import org.springframework.boot.SpringApplication;
import org.springframework.boot.autoconfigure.SpringBootApplication;

public class Application {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        SpringApplication.run(Application.class, args);

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Basic Datasource Configurations in Spring Boot

The most convenient way to define datasource parameters in spring boot application is to make use of application.properties file. Following is our sample application.properties. Here we are using JPA based configurations and hibernate as a JPA provider.

The following configuration creates a DriverManagerDataSource which opens and closes a connection to the database when needed.It means no connection pooling is achieved.While doing so, you may have performance issues in the production. In production, it is always recommended to have datasource that supports connection pooling and to create this connection pooling datasource we require to configure custom datasource bean programatically. We will create it in next section.

While writing this article, the latest version of spring boot was 1.5.After the release of Spring Boot 2.0, the default datasource has ben chnaged to Hikari datasource which also provides the best of achieving connection pooling.We will discussing more on this in coming sections.


Hibernate supports 2 different naming strategies.To use Hibernate 5 default naming strategy, we have used PhysicalNamingStrategyStandardImpl. Keep a note that SpringPhysicalNamingStrategy is the default naming strategy used by spring boot.

Hikari Datasource Configurations with Hibernate

In production, it is always recommended to use datasource that supports connection pooling because database connection creation is a slow process.Here in the example we will be using HikariDatasource instead. It provides many advanced features while configuring our datasource in comparison to other datasources such as connectionTimeout, idleTimeout, maxLifetime, connectionTestQuery, maximumPoolSize and very important one is leakDetectionThreshold.It is as advanced as detecting connection leaks by itself.It is also faster and lighter than other available datasource.Following is the configuration for HikariDatasource.Make sure you comment the datasource confguration in properties file.

HikariDatasource Config
    public DataSource dataSource() {
        HikariDataSource ds = new HikariDataSource();
        ds.addDataSourceProperty("url", "jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/test");
        ds.addDataSourceProperty("user", "root");
        ds.addDataSourceProperty("password", "password");
        ds.addDataSourceProperty("cachePrepStmts", true);
        ds.addDataSourceProperty("prepStmtCacheSize", 250);
        ds.addDataSourceProperty("prepStmtCacheSqlLimit", 2048);
        ds.addDataSourceProperty("useServerPrepStmts", true);
        return ds;

We can also create Hikaridatasource using DataSourceBuilder as follow.While doing so the datasource related properties can be still there in proerties file.I like this way.

public HikariDataSource dataSource() {
	return DataSourceBuilder.create().type(HikariDataSource.class).build();

In order to use HikariDataSource, you must include following maven dependency. Checkout the latest version here - Hikari Maven


In this case, we need to explicitly tell spring boot to use our custom datasource while creating EntityManagerfactory.Following is a sample example.

@Bean(name = "entityManagerFactory")
public EntityManagerFactory entityManagerFactory() {
	LocalContainerEntityManagerFactoryBean emf = new LocalContainerEntityManagerFactoryBean();
	return emf.getObject();

Hibernate Related Configurations

Spring boot focusses on using JPA to persist data in relational db and it has ability to create repository implementations automatically, at runtime, from a repository interface. But here we are trying to use hibernate as a JPA provider. Hence, following configuration is required to autowire sessionFactory in our DAO class.

package com.devglan;

import org.hibernate.SessionFactory;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Bean;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;

import javax.persistence.EntityManagerFactory;

public class BeanConfig {

	private EntityManagerFactory entityManagerFactory;

	public SessionFactory getSessionFactory() {
	    if (entityManagerFactory.unwrap(SessionFactory.class) == null) {
	        throw new NullPointerException("factory is not a hibernate factory");
	    return entityManagerFactory.unwrap(SessionFactory.class);


Hibernate Entity Class

Following is the entity class. The class is annotated as hibernate entity.

package com.devglan.model;

public class UserDetails {
	@GeneratedValue(strategy = GenerationType.IDENTITY)
	private int id;
	private String firstName;
	private String lastName;
	private String email;
	private String password;
	//getters and setters goes here

Spring Server Implementation

Let us define our controller. It has one url mapping that intercepts request at /list and returns all users present in db.

package com.devglan.controller;

import java.util.List;

import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.http.HttpStatus;
import org.springframework.http.ResponseEntity;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Controller;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMethod;

import com.devglan.model.UserDetails;
import com.devglan.service.UserService;

public class UserController {
	private UserService userService;
	@RequestMapping(value = "/list", method = RequestMethod.GET)
	public ResponseEntity> userDetails() {
		List userDetails = userService.getUserDetails();
		return new ResponseEntity>(userDetails, HttpStatus.OK);


Defining Service Class

package com.devglan.service.impl;

import java.util.List;

import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Service;

import com.devglan.dao.UserDao;
import com.devglan.model.UserDetails;
import com.devglan.service.UserService;

public class UserServiceImpl implements UserService {

	private UserDao userDao;

	public List getUserDetails() {
		return userDao.getUserDetails();


Defining Dao Implementation

Let us define the dao.

package com.devglan.dao.impl;

import java.util.List;

import org.hibernate.Criteria;
import org.hibernate.SessionFactory;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Component;

import com.devglan.dao.UserDao;
import com.devglan.model.UserDetails;

public class UserDaoImpl implements UserDao {
	private SessionFactory sessionFactory;

	public List getUserDetails() {
		Criteria criteria = sessionFactory.openSession().createCriteria(UserDetails.class);
		return criteria.list();


We can also get hibernate session in following way using JPA entitymanager. But since this article is about spring boot and hibernate integration, we are injecting hibernate sessionfactory and getting session out of it. In next post we will be discussing about spring data with spring boot.

public class UserDaoImpl implements UserDao {
    private EntityManager entityManager;

	public List getUserDetails() {
		Criteria criteria = entityManager.unwrap(Session.class).createCriteria(UserDetails.class);
		return criteria.list();


Sample Script

Following are some sample DML. We will be creating some dummy user details using following insert statements.

create table User_Details (id integer not null auto_increment, email varchar(255), first_Name varchar(255), last_Name varchar(255), password varchar(255), primary key (id)) ENGINE=InnoDB;

INSERT INTO user_details(email,first_Name,last_Name,password) VALUES ('admin@admin.com','admin','admin','admin');

INSERT INTO user_details(email,first_Name,last_Name,password) VALUES ('john@gmail.com','john','doe','johndoe');

INSERT INTO user_details(email,first_Name,last_Name,password) VALUES ('sham@yahoo.com','sham','tis','shamtis');

Run Spring Boot Hibernate Application

1. Run Application.java as a java application. 2. Hit the url - http://localhost:8080/list. Following screen will appear. spring-boot-hibernate-result

Spring Boot 2.0 And Hibernate

Above configurations runs perfectly fine with Spring boot 1.5 but it may fail for spring boot 2.0. After the release of spring boot 2.0, hibernate and datasource related configurations has been more easier and more efficient.Hikari datasource has been the default datasource and connection pooling provider and we don't require any explicit configuration to achieve that. Instead, we have to remove some dependencies from above configurations.We don't require commons-dbcp and HikariCP artifacts.

With following entries only in application.properties, we can achieve hikari connection pooling.

spring.datasource.url = jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/test
spring.datasource.username = root
spring.datasource.password = root
spring.jpa.show-sql = true
spring.jpa.properties.hibernate.dialect = org.hibernate.dialect.MySQL5InnoDBDialect

Also, remove all the bean configs in BeanCOnfig.java and add following will be the implementation in UserDaoImpl.java

public class UserDaoImpl implements UserDao {

	private EntityManagerFactory entityManagerFactory;
	public List getUserDetails() {
		Session session = entityManagerFactory.unwrap(SessionFactory.class).openSession();
        CriteriaBuilder builder = session.getCriteriaBuilder();
        CriteriaQuery criteria = builder.createQuery(UserDetails.class);
        Root contactRoot = criteria.from(UserDetails.class);
        return session.createQuery(criteria).getResultList();


The complete source code with spring boot 2 and hibernate 5 can be found here - Spring Boot 2 and Hibernate 5 Example


In this article we learned about integrating hibernate with spring boot application. If you have anything that you want to add or share then please share it below in the comment section.

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