Collection element props in Spring

With this example we will show you how to inject Collections in Spring Bean properties.

In order to show how Collections can be injected in a Spring Bean we will create a simple Spring Bean with a property Properties.

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 things are required in order to run the application

Eclipse Kepler
JDK 1.8
Have maven 3 installed and configured
Spring 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 standalone maven 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-faqs
Step 2. Modify the pom.xml file as shown below.

<project xmlns="" xmlns:xsi=""
		<!-- Spring framework -->
		<!-- junit -->

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 1.8 from the next window. Click on Finish then Ok.

Step 4. Create src/main/resources folder for putting the resource files.

Do right-click on the project and go New -> Source Folder. Give Folder name: as src/main/resources and click on Finish button.

Step 5. Create an XML properties file under src/main/resources.

Do right-click on src/main/resources in the project and go New -> file. Give File name: as applicationContext.xml and click on Finish button.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns=""
	<bean id="springCollection" class="com.roytuts.spring.collection.SpringCollection">
		<property name="properties">
				<prop key="administrator">[email protected]</prop>
				<prop key="support">[email protected]</prop>
				<prop key="development">[email protected]</prop>
				<prop key="sitenv">[email protected]</prop>
				<prop key="uatenv">[email protected]</prop>

Step 6. Create a POJO class that contains properties element

package com.roytuts.spring.collection;
import java.util.Properties;
public class SpringCollection {
	private Properties properties;
	public Properties getProperties() {
		return properties;
	public void setProperties(Properties properties) { = properties;

Step 7. Create a Test class which will test our code how it works

package com.roytuts.spring.collection;
import java.util.Properties;
import org.junit.Before;
import org.junit.Test;
import org.springframework.context.ApplicationContext;
public class SpringCollectionTest {
	private SpringCollection springCollection;
	public void setUp() {
		ApplicationContext applicationContext = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext(
		springCollection = applicationContext.getBean("springCollection",
	public void displayProperties() {
		Properties properties = springCollection.getProperties();

Step 8. Run the above test class, you will get below output

uatenv => [email protected]
support => [email protected]
administrator => [email protected]
development => [email protected]
sitenv => [email protected]

That’s all. Thanks for reading.

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