How to use Spring Framework in Eclipse

In this article, we will discuss how to use the spring framework in the Eclipse IDE. We will go step by step to set up all the prerequisites to run a spring application in eclipse with an example.

1. Setup Java Development Kit

The first and the important step is to set up the java development kit locally in your system. Please follow the link here from steps 1 through 2.2 for installing and setting up JDK in your local.

2. Install Apache Common Logging API

To use the spring framework, we need to have apache common logging dependencies installed. Spring framework uses common loggings APIs for several internal usages. To download the logging file, please follow the link here. Unzip the folder and we will be using it later. 

3. Setup Eclipse IDE

To setup the eclipse IDE, use the link here to download the eclipse IDE based on your operating system. Once you have downloaded, install it by clicking into the installer.

4. Setup Spring Framework Libraries

To setup the libraries related to spring framework, go to the link here and download the zip file with the latest version. Extract the zip file and have it ready for the next steps.

5. Example using Spring framework with Eclipse

Launch the eclipse IDE downloaded in the above step by double clicking into the eclipse icon.

5.1 Create a java project

First step is to create the project, since here we are talking about the spring, so we will be creating the java project from the eclipse dashboard

spring framework eclipse - java project
Creating Java Project

Make sure to choose the JDK version as per the setup you did in the above step 1. For example in my case i am using JDK 8, hence chosen the JDK 1.8 in the above picture.

5.2 Adding the libraries

Now we have to configure the build path for the project and add all the dependencies we downloaded. For the common-logging API, we can directly go to the folder where we have extracted our common logging and select the jar inside the extracted folder with the name similar to commons-logging-X(here X is the version of the common logging API). And for the spring dependencies we have to go to the libs folder into the extracted folder.

spring framework eclipse - build path
Configure the build path

Adding the jars by clicking the add external jars button

spring framework eclipse - external jars
External jars

5.3 Running the code

Now once we have setup the project in the eclipse, lets create a package inside the src folder.

spring framework eclipse - package
Creating package

Create two classes, one will be the model class Message.java and the other would be the main class JCGDemo.java. We will also create a application-context.xml file which will have all the dependencies as beans for the application

The content are shown below


package com.jcg.demo;

public class Message {

	 private String greeting;

	   public void setGreeting(String greeting){
	      this.greeting  = greeting;
	   public void getGreeting(){

In the class above we are creating a greeting string variable with the getter and setter to access and update its value. It will be used in the next step


package com.jcg.demo;

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

public class JCGDemo {

	public static void main(String[] args) {
		  ApplicationContext context = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext("application-context.xml");
	      Message obj = (Message) context.getBean("message");



This class has all the important code, lets discuss step by step. The class contains the java main method as the starting point of the program.

Next line is the very important step, as it using the ClassPathXmlApplicationContext to parse and read the application-context.xml file which is called as bean definition file. It contains all the beans which we define and want spring to initialise and manage it life cycle.

The next line calls the getBean() method from the context we got in the above line and get the instance of the class which we want to use. In our case we want the instance of the Message class which is defined with the id “message” as shown in the below application-context file.


<?xml version = "1.0" encoding = "UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns = "http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
   xmlns:xsi = "http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
   xsi:schemaLocation = "http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans

   <bean id = "message" class = "com.jcg.demo.Message">
      <property name = "greeting" value = "Hello from JCG"/>

Here from the above file we can see that we are injecting the message “Hello from JCG” in the variable greeting defined in the Message class. When we call the method getGreeting() from the Message class we see that it displays the message with spring automatically injecting it.

Please find the screenshot below for the final look of the project explorer in the eclipse.

spring framework eclipse - final look
Project explorer final look

To execute the program you have to run the JCGDemo file as a java application and you will see the output as shown below

Hello from JCG

6. Summary

In this article, we discussed step by step for setting up the spring project using the Eclipse IDE. We also discussed the prerequisites for the spring framework and executed a small example using the spring framework in eclipse.

Shankar Mata

Shankar works as a Lead Software Engineer in a leading company and has developed several applications. He is one of the decision makers for the design and architecture for all the applications in his team. He along with his team develop and deploy cloud native services. He had been working in the field of Java and cloud technologies. He is also Amazon and Microsoft certified solution architect for AWS and Azure respectively. He has done his Masters in Computer science from University of New Mexico, US and Bachelors from GITAM University India. He is also experienced in Angular Framework and developed several applications.
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