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Add a database to a Spring Boot RESTful web service – tutorial

This tutorial walks you through the process of adding a database to a RESTful web service with Spring Boot and shows you how to work with it.

On completing this tutorial you'll have an application with a database for storing objects, as well as endpoints for writing and retrieving them.

You can also watch a video of this tutorial (starting from 4:17):

Add database support

In this section, you will create two endpoints: one for saving messages to the database, and one for retrieving them:

  1. Add the @Table annotation to the Message class to declare mapping to a database table. Add the @Id annotation before the id field. These annotations also require additional imports:

    import org.springframework.data.annotation.Id import org.springframework.data.relational.core.mapping.Table @Table("MESSAGES") data class Message(@Id val id: String?, val text: String)
  2. Use the Spring Data Repository API to access the database:

    import org.springframework.data.jdbc.repository.query.Query import org.springframework.data.repository.CrudRepository interface MessageRepository : CrudRepository<Message, String>{ @Query("select * from messages") fun findMessages(): List<Message> }

    When you call the findMessages() method on an instance of MessageRepository, it will execute the corresponding database query:

    select * from messages

    This query retrieves a list of all Message objects in the database table.

  3. Create the MessageService class:

    import org.springframework.stereotype.Service @Service class MessageService(val db: MessageRepository) { fun findMessages(): List<Message> = db.findMessages() fun post(message: Message){ db.save(message) } }

    This class contains two methods:

    • post() for writing a new Message object to the database

    • findMessages() for getting all the messages from the database

  4. Update the MessageResource class:

    import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestBody import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.PostMapping @RestController class MessageResource(val service: MessageService) { @GetMapping fun index(): List<Message> = service.findMessages() @PostMapping fun post(@RequestBody message: Message) { service.post(message) } }

    Now it uses MessageService to work with the database.

Configure the database

Configure the database in the application:

  1. Create a new folder called sql in the src/main/resources with the scheme.sql file inside. It will store the database scheme:

    Create a new folder

  2. Update the src/main/resources/sql/schema.sql file with the following code:


    It creates the messages table with two fields: id and text. The table structure matches the structure of the Message class.

  3. Open the application.properties file located in the src/main/resources folder and add the following application properties:

    spring.datasource.driver-class-name=org.h2.Driver spring.datasource.url=jdbc:h2:file:./data/testdb spring.datasource.username=sa spring.datasource.password=password spring.datasource.schema=classpath:sql/schema.sql spring.datasource.initialization-mode=always

    These settings enable the database for the Spring Boot application. See the full list of common application properties in the Spring documentation.

Run the application

You should use an HTTP client to work with previously created endpoints. In IntelliJ IDEA, you can use the embedded HTTP client:

  1. Run the application. Once the application is up and running, you can execute POST requests to store messages in the database.

  2. Create the requests.http file and add the following HTTP requests:

    ### Post 'Hello!" POST http://localhost:8080/ Content-Type: application/json { "text": "Hello!" } ### Post "Bonjour!" POST http://localhost:8080/ Content-Type: application/json { "text": "Bonjour!" } ### Post "Privet!" POST http://localhost:8080/ Content-Type: application/json { "text": "Privet!" } ### Get all the messages GET http://localhost:8080/
  3. Execute all POST requests. Use the green Run icon in the gutter next to the request declaration. These requests write the text messages to the database.

    Run HTTP POST requests

  4. Execute the GET request and see the result in the Run tool window:

    Run HTTP GET request

Alternative way to execute requests

You can also use any other HTTP client or cURL command-line tool. For example, you can run the following commands in the terminal to get the same result:

curl -X POST --location "http://localhost:8080" -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d "{ \"text\": \"Hello!\" }" curl -X POST --location "http://localhost:8080" -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d "{ \"text\": \"Bonjour!\" }" curl -X POST --location "http://localhost:8080" -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d "{ \"text\": \"Privet!\" }" curl -X GET --location "http://localhost:8080"

What's next?

If you encountered any difficulties while following this tutorial, you can download and explore the completed project.

Last modified: 30 March 2021