Spring @Configuration Annotation Example

Spring 3.x framework provides support for moving the bean definitions out of the XML file into the Java class. This tutorial will explore the Spring-specific @Configuration annotation for spring annotation based configuration.

1. Introduction

  • Spring is an open-source framework created to address the complexity of an enterprise application development
  • One of the chief advantages of the Spring framework is its layered architecture, which allows the developer to be selective about which of its components they can use while providing a cohesive framework for J2EE application development
  • Spring framework provides support and integration to various technologies for e.g.:
    • Support for Transaction Management
    • Support for interaction with the different databases
    • Integration with the Object Relationship frameworks for e.g. Hibernate, iBatis etc
    • Support for Dependency Injection which means all the required dependencies will be resolved with the help of containers
    • Support for REST style web-services

1.1 @Configuration annotation in spring

The @Configuration annotation in spring help in the annotation-based configuration. Implementing this annotation declares a class provides one or more @Bean methods and may be used by the spring container to generate the bean definitions and serve requests for those beans at runtime. Below snippet shows how to include this annotation in the java class.

Code Snippet

public class ApplicationConfig {
    public MyClass getService() {
// Do something.
    public MyClass1 getService() {
	// Do something.

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

2. Spring @Configuration Annotation Example

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

2.1 Tools Used

We are using Eclipse Kepler SR2, JDK 8, MySQL 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!

Spring @Configuration Annotation - Application Project Structure
Fig. 1: 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.

Spring @Configuration Annotation - Create a Maven Project
Fig. 2: Create a Maven Project

In the New Maven Project window, it will ask you to select a 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.

Spring @Configuration Annotation - Project Details
Fig. 3: 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.

Spring @Configuration Annotation - Archetype Parameters
Fig. 4: 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">

We can start adding the dependencies that developers want like Spring Core, Spring Context etc. Let us start building the application!

3. Application Building

Below are the steps involved in developing this application.

3.1 Maven Dependencies

Here, we specify the dependencies for the spring framework. Maven will automatically resolve the rest dependencies such as Spring Beans, Spring Core etc. The updated file 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>Spring Configuration Annotation Example</name>
		<!-- https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/org.springframework/spring-core -->

3.2 Java Class Creation

Let us write the Java classes involved in this application.

3.2.1 Implementation of Bean class

Add the following code to the bean definition:


package com.spring;

public class MyBeanImpl implements MyBean {

	public String getBeanName() {
		return "My service bean.";


3.2.2 Implementation of Configuration class

Annotate this class with the @Configuration annotation to tell spring about the configuration file and define the bean via @Bean annotation. Add the following code to it:


package com.spring.config;

import org.springframework.context.annotation.Bean;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;

import com.spring.MyBean;
import com.spring.MyBeanImpl;

public class AppConfig {

	public MyBean getBeanName() {
		return new MyBeanImpl();

3.2.3 Implementation of Utility Class

The implementation class will be able to configure the bean for further implementation. Add the following code to it:


package com.spring.util;

import org.springframework.context.annotation.AnnotationConfigApplicationContext;

import com.spring.MyBean;
import com.spring.config.AppConfig;

public class AppMain {

	public static void main(String[] args) {

		AnnotationConfigApplicationContext ac = new AnnotationConfigApplicationContext(AppConfig.class);

		// getting the bean definition!
		MyBean bean = ac.getBean(MyBean.class);

		// closing the context object!

4. Run the Application

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

Spring @Configuration Annotation - Run the Application
Fig. 5: Run the Application

5. Project Demo

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

My service bean.

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 @Configuration in the spring 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 Spring @Configuration Annotation for beginners.

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


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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Lee, jung geun
5 years ago

Can I translate your article into Korean and post it on my blog?

Nataly Evagorou
5 years ago
Reply to  Lee, jung geun


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