This tutorial shows an example on how MVC (Model, View, Controller) works in Spring framework. In this tutorial you will also find how JDBC (Java Database Connectivity API) works with Spring MVC. We will also see how annotation like @Autowired works in Spring. You will also see how datasource is configured in Spring. This example shows how to read the database configurations from properties file.

The example which we are going to see is about to display a list of items from MySQL database and add a new item to the database. We will use both maven and gradle build tools to build our application.

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Eclipse 2019-12, Java at least 8, Gradle 6.4.1, Maven 3.6.3, Spring 5.2.6, MySQL 8.0.17, Servlet 4.0.1, Tomcat 9.0.24

Project Setup

Now we will setup a gradle based project in Eclipse. The name of the project is spring-mvc-and-spring-jdbc.

The default generated build.gradle script does not include the required libraries.

Notice in the below build script we have put plugin id war as we are going to create war file from the application.

So we will update the build script as follows:

plugins {
	id 'war'
    id 'java-library'

repositories {

dependencies {
    implementation 'org.springframework:spring-web:5.2.6.RELEASE'
    implementation 'org.springframework:spring-webmvc:5.2.6.RELEASE'
    implementation 'org.springframework:spring-jdbc:5.2.6.RELEASE'
    implementation 'mysql:mysql-connector-java:8.0.17'
    implementation 'javax.servlet:javax.servlet-api:4.0.1'
    implementation 'javax.servlet:jstl:1.2'
    implementation 'javax.xml.bind:jaxb-api:2.4.0-b180830.0359'

For maven based web project use below pom.xml file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<project xmlns=""






		<!-- Servlet -->



		<!--required only if jdk 9 or higher version is used -->


MySQL Table

We will create a table called items into MySQL database server under roytuts database.

CREATE TABLE `items` (
  `item_id` int unsigned NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
  `item_name` varchar(45) COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci NOT NULL,
  `item_price` double NOT NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY (`item_id`)

Database Properties

We are going to put database details in a properties file called under src/main/resources classpath folder.


Database and MVC Configuration

The below class is a configuration class for ViewResolver and JdbcTemplate and methods are annotated with @Bean because they will be automatically resolved as Spring beans.

If we do not give any name to @Bean then it will automatically name the bean with the same return type with first letter in lower case.

For examples, bean name for public ViewResolver getViewResolver() will be viewResolver and public JdbcTemplate getJdbcTemplate() will be jdbcTemplate.

We have annotated with @EnableWebMvc because this class is used in Spring web MVC.

We have an annotation @ComponentScan for base package com.roytuts.spring.mvc.and.spring.jdbc because we want to let Spring find the annotated classes with @Controller, @Repository, @Service etc.

We have also retrieved the datasource properties using @PropertySource annotation.

package com.roytuts.spring.mvc.and.spring.jdbc.config;

import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Bean;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.ComponentScan;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.PropertySource;
import org.springframework.core.env.Environment;
import org.springframework.jdbc.core.JdbcTemplate;
import org.springframework.jdbc.datasource.DriverManagerDataSource;
import org.springframework.web.servlet.config.annotation.EnableWebMvc;
import org.springframework.web.servlet.config.annotation.ResourceHandlerRegistry;
import org.springframework.web.servlet.config.annotation.ViewResolverRegistry;
import org.springframework.web.servlet.config.annotation.WebMvcConfigurer;
import org.springframework.web.servlet.view.InternalResourceViewResolver;
import org.springframework.web.servlet.view.JstlView;

@ComponentScan(basePackages = "com.roytuts.spring.mvc.and.spring.jdbc")
public class WebMvc implements WebMvcConfigurer {

	private Environment environment;

	public void configureViewResolvers(ViewResolverRegistry registry) {
		InternalResourceViewResolver viewResolver = new InternalResourceViewResolver();

	public void addResourceHandlers(ResourceHandlerRegistry registry) {

	public JdbcTemplate getJdbcTemplate() throws ClassNotFoundException {
		DriverManagerDataSource dataSource = new DriverManagerDataSource();
		JdbcTemplate jdbcTemplate = new JdbcTemplate(dataSource);
		return jdbcTemplate;


The below class initializes few things like whatever we defined in the WebMvc along with DispatcherServlet and Servlet mapping when the application starts up.

package com.roytuts.spring.mvc.and.spring.jdbc.config;

import javax.servlet.ServletContext;
import javax.servlet.ServletException;
import javax.servlet.ServletRegistration;

import org.springframework.web.WebApplicationInitializer;
import org.springframework.web.servlet.DispatcherServlet;

public class WebAppInitializer implements WebApplicationInitializer {

	public void onStartup(ServletContext servletContext) throws ServletException {
		AnnotationConfigWebApplicationContext context = new AnnotationConfigWebApplicationContext();
		ServletRegistration.Dynamic dispatcher = servletContext.addServlet("DispatcherServlet",
				new DispatcherServlet(context));


Model and Mapper Classes

Model class represents the Java object into database table and mapper class maps the corresponding table value returned to Java fields. So a particular row in table is represented by a mapper class.

package com.roytuts.spring.mvc.and.spring.jdbc.model;

public class Item {

	private Long itemId;
	private String itemName;
	private Double itemPrice;

	//getters and setters

package com.roytuts.spring.mvc.and.spring.jdbc.rowmapper;

import java.sql.ResultSet;
import java.sql.SQLException;

import org.springframework.jdbc.core.RowMapper;

import com.roytuts.spring.mvc.and.spring.jdbc.model.Item;

public class ItemRowMapper implements RowMapper<Item> {

	public Item mapRow(ResultSet rs, int rowNum) throws SQLException {
		Item item = new Item();

		return item;


Repository Class

The repository class performs the database activities.

package com.roytuts.spring.mvc.and.spring.jdbc.dao;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.jdbc.core.JdbcTemplate;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Repository;

import com.roytuts.spring.mvc.and.spring.jdbc.model.Item;
import com.roytuts.spring.mvc.and.spring.jdbc.rowmapper.ItemRowMapper;

public class ItemDao {

	JdbcTemplate jdbcTemplate;

	public List<Item> getItems() {
		String sql = "SELECT * FROM items";
		List<Item> items = new ArrayList<>();
		items = jdbcTemplate.query(sql, new ItemRowMapper());
		return items;

	public void addItem(Item item) {
		String sql = "INSERT INTO items(item_name,item_price) VALUES (?,?);";
		jdbcTemplate.update(sql, new Object[] { item.getItemName(), item.getItemPrice() });


Service Class

Most of the business logic is handled in service layer that interacts with the data access layer and controller layer.

package com.roytuts.spring.mvc.and.spring.jdbc.service;

import java.util.List;

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

import com.roytuts.spring.mvc.and.spring.jdbc.dao.ItemDao;
import com.roytuts.spring.mvc.and.spring.jdbc.model.Item;

public class ItemService {

	ItemDao itemDao;

	public List<Item> getItems() {
		return itemDao.getItems();

	public void addItem(Item item) {


Controller Class

Controller is the entry point that handles request and response from clients.

It defines the required endpoints for handling request and response.

package com.roytuts.spring.mvc.and.spring.jdbc.controller;

import java.util.List;

import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Controller;
import org.springframework.ui.ModelMap;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.GetMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.PostMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestParam;

import com.roytuts.spring.mvc.and.spring.jdbc.model.Item;
import com.roytuts.spring.mvc.and.spring.jdbc.service.ItemService;

public class ItemController {

	ItemService itemService;

	public String springMVC(ModelMap modelMap) {
		List<Item> items = itemService.getItems();
		System.out.println("items size: " + items.size());
		modelMap.addAttribute("itemList", items);
		modelMap.addAttribute("msg", "Welcome to Spring MVC and Spring JDBC Example");
		return "items";

	@GetMapping(value = "/addPage")
	public String addPage() {
		return "add";

	@PostMapping(value = "/add")
	public String addItem(@RequestParam("name") String name, @RequestParam("price") String price, ModelMap modelMap) {
		modelMap.addAttribute("name", name);
		modelMap.addAttribute("price", price);
		if (name == null || name.trim().isEmpty()) {
			modelMap.addAttribute("error", "Item Name is required!");
		} else if (price == null || price.trim().isEmpty()) {
			modelMap.addAttribute("error", "Item Price is required!");
		} else {
			Item item = new Item();
			modelMap.addAttribute("success", "Item successfully added!");
		return "add";


Display Items

We display items when the home page or root page is requested in the browser.

So create items.jsp file under webapp folder.

<%@ page language="java" contentType="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1"
<%@ taglib uri="" prefix="c"%>
<title>Spring MVC and JDBC Example</title>
	<a href="<%=request.getContextPath()%>/addPage">Add
		New Item</a>
	<c:when test="${itemList.size() > 0}">
		<h3>List of Items</h3>
				<c:forEach var="item" items="${itemList}">
        No Item found in the DB!

Add Item

When we want to add new item then we need a page for this action.

So create add.jsp file under webapp folder.

<%@ page language="java" contentType="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1"
<%@ taglib uri="" prefix="c"%>
<title>Add new item</title>
<p><a href="<%=request.getContextPath()%>/">Back to
        Item List</a>
<c:if test="${not empty error}">
<c:if test="${not empty success}">
<h3>Add new item</h3>
<form method="POST" name="login" action="<%=request.getContextPath()%>/add">
    Item Name: <input name="name" value="${name}" type="text" /> <br /><br /> 
    Item Price: <input name="price" value="${price}" type="text" /><br /> 
    <input value="Add Item" type="submit" />

Testing the Application

Once you build the application using the command gradlew clean build from the project’s directory using command line tool, you will get the war file generated under build/libs folder.

Now copy this war file and put this war file under webapps of Tomcat server.

Or if you are using Tomcat server in Eclipse then you can directly deploy the project.

Next run the Tomcat server and your application will be deployed.

Now access the URL http://localhost:8080/spring-mvc-and-spring-jdbc/ in the browser, you will see below page:

spring mvc and spring jdbc example

Now insert some data or add new item to see the items on the page.

First we will insert some data into table:

insert  into `items`(`item_id`,`item_name`,`item_price`) values (1,'CD',100),(2,'DVD',150),(3,'ABC',24),(4,'XYZ',25.32),(5,'CD Player',30.02);

Now hit again the same URL, this time you will see a list of items are displayed on the page:

spring mvc and spring jdbc example

Create a new item as follows by clicking on Add New Item link:

spring mvc and spring jdbc example

You will see item successfully added:

spring mvc and spring jdbc example

On the home page you will see the new item:

spring mvc and spring jdbc example

Source Code


Thanks for reading.


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