Pages Navigation Menu

Coding is much easier than you think

Constructor injection in Spring – Example


Instead of using the setter methods to inject values to attributes, the constructor of a class can be used to inject the values from outside the class. This work again, is done through the spring metadata file , as is in the case of setter injection.

** UPDATE: Spring Complete tutorial now available here.

1. Create the POJO class into which values are to be injected using setter injection

File : SimpleConstructorInjection

package com.simpleCodeStuffs;

public class SimpleConstructorInjection {
public SimpleConstructorInjection(String message){

private String message;

public void setMessage(String message){

this.message = message;
public void getMessage(){
System.out.println("Your Message : " + message);


Note : Unlike setter injection, a constructor has to be explicitly defined for the POJO in case of constructor injection. This is because, usually a default(no parameter) constructor is taken up. But since we will be passing a value to the constructor of this POJO to instantiate it, we require a constructor whose parameters match the set of values passed from the xml.


2 Define the metadata

The value for the attribute of the POJO is provided as<constructor-arg value=” ” /> thereby setting the values of these attributes through the constructor.
File : Beans.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"

<bean id="simpleConstructorInjection" class="com.simpleCodeStuffs.SimpleConstructorInjection">
<constructor-arg value="SimpleCodeStuffs--Simple Constructor Injection"/>


The values are injected into the POJO through the constructor of these classes


3. Write the main class to place a call to this POJO

File : MainClass.java

package com.simpleCodeStuffs;

import org.springframework.context.ApplicationContext;
import org.springframework.context.support.ClassPathXmlApplicationContext;

public class MainClass {
public static void main(String[] args) {
ApplicationContext context =
new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext("Beans.xml");
SimpleConstructorInjection obj = 
(SimpleConstructorInjection) context.getBean("simpleConstructorInjection");



4. Run it

The output appears as :-



About Mohaideen Jamil

I'm a Full stack developer of IT exp in J2EE, AngularJs, MicroServices, Docker, Spring (Boot, MVC, Cloud), Bluemix, DevOps. Follow me on Facebook or Google Plus. If you like my tutorials, consider making a donation to this charity, thanks.

%d bloggers like this: