Unidirectional Many-To-Many Relationship with Join Tables in Hibernate

In unidirectional association, we will have navigation only in one direction, i.e, only one side of the association will have the reference to the other side. The one side of the association will implement one of the collection interfaces, if it has the reference to the other entity.

In many to many relationship, multiple target objects can have relationship with multiple source objects. Let’s consider CD and Artist. So only one Artist can write multiple CD or a CD can be written by multiple Artists. So we will create three tables CD, Artist and CDArtist in the database and we will see how many-to-many relationship works step by step.

Step 1. Create tables

Create table – CD


Create table – Artist


Create table – CDArtist


Step 2. Create a java project in any Java based IDE and configure for hibernate jars.

Step 3. Create hibernate reverse engineering and configuration file.





Step 4. Create hibernate utility class which creates singleton SessionFactory from which Session object will be created.


Step 5. Create mapping xml file and POJO for artist table



Step 6. Create mapping xml file and POJO for cd table.



Step 7. Now we will create a main class for testing unidirectional many-to-many with join tables.


Step 8. Run the main class and see the output as shown below. While we save value for cd, below values are stored into the database tables.

inserted data into artist table

inserted data into cd table

inserted data into cdartist table

Console Output


That’s all. Thanks for your reading.

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