Hibernate FlushMode Commit Example

In hibernate; flushing strategy is a process that controls how many times hibernate hits the database when it comes to writing operations. In this tutorial, we will explore the default flush strategy of the Hibernate framework.

1. Introduction

  • Object-Relational Mapping or ORM is the programming technique to map application domain model objects to the relational database tables
  • Hibernate is a Java-based ORM tool that provides the framework for mapping application domain objects to the relational database tables and vice versa. It provides the reference implementation of Java Persistence API that makes it a great choice as an ORM tool with benefits of loose coupling
  • A Framework that an option to map plain old Java objects to the traditional database tables with the use of JPA annotations as well as XML based configuration

Hibernate FlushMode Commit - Hibernate Overview
Fig. 1: Hibernate Overview

1.1 Hibernate Annotations

  • Hibernate annotations are the newest way to define mappings without the use of a XML file
  • Developers use annotations to provide metadata configuration along with the Java code. Thus, making the code easy to understand
  • XML provides the ability to change the configuration without building the project. Thus, annotations are less powerful than the XML configuration and should only be used for table and column mappings
  • Annotations are preconfigured with sensible default values, which reduce the amount of coding required. For e.g., Class name defaults to Table name and Field names default to Column names

1.2 Flushing strategy in Hibernate

The org.hibernate.FlushMode class represents the flushing strategy. It is a process to synchronize the database state with the session object by detecting the state changes and executing the SQL statements. The flushing behavior is customizable and hibernate supports four types of FlushMode i.e.

Flushing ModesImplementation
AUTOThe Session is sometimes flushed before query execution
COMMITThe Session is only flushed prior to a transaction commit
ALWAYSThe Session is always flushed before query execution
MANUALThe Session can only be manually flushed

1.3 Download and Install Hibernate

You can read this tutorial in order to download and install Hibernate in the Eclipse IDE.

1.4 Download and Install MySQL

You can watch this video in order to download and install the MySQL database on your Windows operating system.

Now, open up the Eclipse IDE and let us see how to implement this tutorial in the hibernate framework!

2. Hibernate FlushMode Commit Example

Here is a systematic guide for implementing this tutorial in the hibernate framework.

2.1 Tools Used

We are using Eclipse Kepler SR2, JDK 8, MySQL database and Maven. Having said that, we have tested the code against JDK 1.7 and it works well.

2.2 Project Structure

Firstly, let us review the final project structure, in case you are confused about where you should create the corresponding files or folder later!

Hibernate FlushMode Commit - Application Project Structure
Fig. 2: Application Project Structure

2.3 Project Creation

This section will demonstrate how to create a Java-based Maven project with Eclipse. In Eclipse IDE, go to File -> New -> Maven Project.

Hibernate FlushMode Commit - Create a Maven Project
Fig. 3: Create a Maven Project

In the New Maven Project window, it will ask you to select the project location. By default, ‘Use default workspace location’ will be selected. Select the ‘Create a simple project (skip archetype selection)’ checkbox and just click on the next button to proceed.

Hibernate FlushMode Commit - Project Details
Fig. 4: Project Details

It will ask you to ‘Enter the group and the artifact id for the project’. We will input the details as shown in the below image. The version number will be by default: 0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.

Hibernate FlushMode Commit - Archetype Parameters
Fig. 5: Archetype Parameters

Click on Finish and the creation of a maven project is completed. If you observe, it has downloaded the maven dependencies and a pom.xml file will be created. It will have the following code:


<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">
	<name>Hibernate Commit Flush Mode Example</name>

We can start adding the dependencies that developers want like Hibernate, MySQL etc. Let us start building the application!

3. Application Building

Below are the steps involved in developing this application.

3.1 Database and Table Creation

The following script creates a database called flushdb with a table: employee. Open MySQL terminal and execute the script.


USE flushdb;

CREATE TABLE employee (
	designation VARCHAR(200) DEFAULT NULL,
	department VARCHAR(200) DEFAULT NULL,

If everything goes well, the table will be created.

Hibernate FlushMode Commit - Database and Table Creation
Fig. 6: Database and Table Creation

3.2 Maven Dependencies

Here, we specify the dependencies for the Hibernate framework and the MySQL connector. Maven will automatically resolve the rest dependencies such as Hibernate Core, MySQL etc. The updated file will have the following code:


<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0"
	xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">
	<name>Hibernate Commit Flush Mode Example</name>
		<!-- https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/org.hibernate/hibernate-core -->
		<!-- https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/mysql/mysql-connector-java -->

3.3 Java Class Creation

Let us write the Java classes involved in this application.

3.3.1 Implementation of Model Class

Add the following code to the model definition to map the attributes with the column names.


package com.hibernate.model;

import javax.persistence.Entity;
import javax.persistence.GeneratedValue;
import javax.persistence.GenerationType;
import javax.persistence.Id;
import javax.persistence.Table;

@Table(name= "employee")
public class Employee {

	@GeneratedValue(strategy= GenerationType.IDENTITY)
	private int id;
	private String name;
	private String designation;
	private String department;

	public int getId() {
		return id;
	public void setId(int id) {
		this.id = id;
	public String getName() {
		return name;
	public void setName(String name) {
		this.name = name;
	public String getDesignation() {
		return designation;
	public void setDesignation(String designation) {
		this.designation = designation;
	public String getDepartment() {
		return department;
	public void setDepartment(String department) {
		this.department = department;

3.3.2 Implementation of Utility Class

Add the following code to the implementation class for testing the Flushing strategy in the Hibernate framework.


package com.hibernate.util;

import java.math.BigInteger;

import org.hibernate.Session;
import org.hibernate.cfg.Configuration;

import com.hibernate.model.Employee;

public class AppMain {

	public static void main(String[] args) {		
		// Creating the config instance & passing the hibernate config file.
		Configuration config = new Configuration();

		// Hibernate session object to start the db transaction.
		Session s = config.buildSessionFactory().openSession();

		// Creating the employee object.
		Employee emp = new Employee();
		emp.setName("Robin Clarke");
		emp.setDesignation("Sr. Manager");
		emp.setDepartment("Human Resources");

		// Saving the data in the database.


		// Fetching the data from the database.
		BigInteger count = (BigInteger) s.createNativeQuery("select count(*) from Employee").getSingleResult();

		System.out.println("Total records are= " + count);

		// Closing the session object.

3.4. Hibernate Configuration File

In the configuration file, we will include the database and the mapping class details.


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE hibernate-configuration PUBLIC "-//Hibernate/Hibernate Configuration DTD 3.0//EN" "http://www.hibernate.org/dtd/hibernate-configuration-3.0.dtd">
		<!-- Database connection settings. -->
		<property name="hibernate.connection.driver_class">com.mysql.cj.jdbc.Driver</property>
		<property name="hibernate.connection.url">jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/flushdb</property>
		<property name="hibernate.connection.username">root</property>
		<property name="hibernate.connection.password" />

		<!-- Sql dialect. -->
		<property name="hibernate.dialect">org.hibernate.dialect.MySQLDialect</property>

		<!-- Printing the sql queries to the console. -->
		<property name="show_sql">true</property>

		<!-- Model class. -->
		<mapping class="com.hibernate.model.Employee" />

Important points:

  • Here, we instructed Hibernate to connect to a MySQL database named flushdb and the mapping class to be loaded
  • We have also instructed the Hibernate framework to use MySQL5Dialect i.e. Hibernate will optimize the generated SQL statements for MySQL
  • This configuration will be used to create a hibernate SessionFactory object
  • show_sql tag will instruct the hibernate framework to log all the SQL statements on the console

4. Run the Application

To run the Hibernate application, Right-click on the AppMain class -> Run As -> Java Application. Developers can debug the example and see what happens after every step!

Hibernate FlushMode Commit - Run Application
Fig. 7: Run Application

5. Project Demo

The code shows the following logs as the output of this tutorial.

INFO: HHH000412: Hibernate Core {5.3.7.Final}
Nov 23, 2018 2:02:58 PM org.hibernate.cfg.Environment 
INFO: HHH000206: hibernate.properties not found
Nov 23, 2018 2:02:59 PM org.hibernate.annotations.common.reflection.java.JavaReflectionManager 
INFO: HCANN000001: Hibernate Commons Annotations {5.0.4.Final}
Nov 23, 2018 2:02:59 PM org.hibernate.engine.jdbc.connections.internal.DriverManagerConnectionProviderImpl configure
WARN: HHH10001002: Using Hibernate built-in connection pool (not for production use!)
Nov 23, 2018 2:02:59 PM org.hibernate.engine.jdbc.connections.internal.DriverManagerConnectionProviderImpl buildCreator
INFO: HHH10001005: using driver [com.mysql.cj.jdbc.Driver] at URL [jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/flushdb]
Nov 23, 2018 2:02:59 PM org.hibernate.engine.jdbc.connections.internal.DriverManagerConnectionProviderImpl buildCreator
INFO: HHH10001001: Connection properties: {user=root, password=****}
Nov 23, 2018 2:02:59 PM org.hibernate.engine.jdbc.connections.internal.DriverManagerConnectionProviderImpl buildCreator
INFO: HHH10001003: Autocommit mode: false
Nov 23, 2018 2:02:59 PM org.hibernate.engine.jdbc.connections.internal.DriverManagerConnectionProviderImpl$PooledConnections 
INFO: HHH000115: Hibernate connection pool size: 20 (min=1)
Nov 23, 2018 2:03:00 PM org.hibernate.dialect.Dialect 
INFO: HHH000400: Using dialect: org.hibernate.dialect.MySQL5Dialect

Hibernate: insert into employee (department, designation, name) values (?, ?, ?)
Hibernate: select count(*) from Employee
Total records are= 1

That is all for this tutorial and I hope the article served you whatever you were looking for. Happy Learning and do not forget to share!

6. Conclusion

This post defines the implementation of the flushing strategy in the Hibernate framework and helps developers understand the basic configuration required to achieve this. Developers can download the sample application as an Eclipse project in the Downloads section.

7. Download the Eclipse Project

This was an example of the Flushing strategy in the Hibernate framework for beginners.

You can download the full source code of this example here: HibernateFlushModeCommit


An experience full-stack engineer well versed with Core Java, Spring/Springboot, MVC, Security, AOP, Frontend (Angular & React), and cloud technologies (such as AWS, GCP, Jenkins, Docker, K8).
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