Spring Web MVC @PathVariable

This tutorial will show you how we use @PathVariable annotation in Spring MVC. The @PathVariable annotation is used on a method argument to bind it to the value of a URI template variable.

For this tutorial we will create maven based web project in Eclipse.

If you already have an idea on how to create a maven project in Eclipse will be great otherwise I will tell you here how to create a maven project in Eclipse.


The following configurations are required in order to run the application

JDK 1.7
Tomcat 7
Have maven installed and configured
Spring 4 and JSTL API dependencies in pom.xml

Now we will see the below steps how to create a maven based spring project in Eclipse

Step 1. Create a maven based web project in Eclipse

Go to File -> New -> Other. On popup window under Maven select Maven Project. Then click on Next. Select the workspace location – either default or browse the location. Click on Next. Now in next window select the row as highlighted from the below list of archtypes and click on Next button.


Now enter the required fields (Group Id, Artifact Id) as shown below

Group Id : com.roytuts
Artifact Id : spring

Step 2. Modify the pom.xml file as shown below.

Step 3. If you see JRE System Library[J2SE-1.4] then change the version by below process

Do right-click on the project and go to Build -> Configure build path, under Libraries tab click on JRE System Library[J2SE-1.4], click on Edit button and select the appropriate jdk 1.7 from the next window. Click on Finish then Ok.

Step 4. Create Spring XML configuration file controllers.xml under src/main/resources/spring directory

Step 5. Create Controller class

To process the @PathVariable annotation, Spring MVC needs to find the matching URI template variable by name. We can specify it in the annotation:

Or if the URI template variable name matches the method argument name we can omit that detail. As long as your code is not compiled without debugging information, Spring MVC will match the method argument name to the URI template variable name:

Step 6. Now modify web.xml file

Step 7. Create hello.jsp file under webapp folder

Step 8. Now run the application you will see the below output in the browser.

spring mvc pathvariable

Thanks for reading.


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