Spring Data JPA CRUD Example

The Spring boot supports the JPA(Java Persistence API) for the database operations. It provides the starter dependency, which makes development easier and fast. It also provides repositories, which give required support for most of the database operations. Creating the CRUD application with the spring data jpa is a simple process.

In this article, we will learn how to use the spring data JPA for the database CRUD operations.

We are going to create REST endpoints to support CRUD operations. We will also use the Lombok to generate boilerplate codes, the Postgre SQL database, and the Postman to test the REST endpoints.

version details

  • Spring boot version : 2.1.5-RELEASE
  • Java version 1.8
  • Lombok : For avoiding boiler plate codes.
  • Postman : For testing REST end points.

Table of Contents

Creating the spring data JPA CRUD application

Create a spring boot application with the required starter dependencies. Also, add the web, spring data jpa, and Lombok dependencies.

In this example, we are creating a spring boot application. We are using the com.asb.example as the base package for the application.

The below content shows the content of the pom XML file. We have also added dependency for Postgre SQL.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<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">
        <relativePath/> <!-- lookup parent from repository -->
    <description>Demo project for Spring Boot</description>
        <!-- https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/org.postgresql/postgresql -->

The below image shows the project structure.

The below class is the entry point of the application.

package com.asb.example;

import org.springframework.boot.SpringApplication;
import org.springframework.boot.autoconfigure.SpringBootApplication;

public class SpringBootJpaCrudExampleApplication {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        SpringApplication.run(SpringBootJpaCrudExampleApplication.class, args);

Open the application property file under the resources folder, and add the below content. Here, we are setting the database configuration with the database username, password, and URL.

Also, we have disabled any SQL DDL operation execution by application by setting spring.jpa.hibernate.ddl-auto property to none. This prevents any table or schema creation or updates from the application side during startup.


Create the database table

We are creating a table to store Employee details in the employee table. This table also will have an autogenerated id column and other fields.

  id bigint NOT NULL,
  designation character varying(255),
  employee_code character varying(255),
  employee_name character varying(255),
  CONSTRAINT employee_pkey PRIMARY KEY (id)

Create an entity class and the repository interface

Create a new package(model) for the entity and create a java class called Employee. Add the below content. Here, we are using the @Entity annotation to make the class an entity.

We are also using the @Table annotation to specify the mapping of the class with the database table. We have also used Lombok annotations for getters, setters, and constructor creation.

The entity class contains all the database table fields mapped to corresponding entity class fields using the @Column annotation. The id field is autogenerated value, which is annotated with the @Id and @GeneratedValue annotation, with generation strategy type as Identity.

package com.asb.example.model;

import javax.persistence.Column;
import javax.persistence.Entity;
import javax.persistence.GeneratedValue;
import javax.persistence.GenerationType;
import javax.persistence.Id;
import javax.persistence.Table;
import lombok.AllArgsConstructor;
import lombok.Getter;
import lombok.NoArgsConstructor;
import lombok.Setter;

public class Employee {
    private Long id;
    private String employeeName;
    private String employeeCode;
    private String designation;

Create a package for the repository layer and the EmployeeRepository interface and add the below content.

Also, Spring boot provides the JpaRepository interface, which supports the pagination and sorting of the result set, etc.

For our CRUD operation, we do not have to write any extra code, as CRUD operation is already supported by spring boot by default. Also, our repository interface is extending the JpaRepository interface to inherit the available features.

package com.asb.example.repository;

import org.springframework.data.jpa.repository.JpaRepository;
import com.asb.example.model.Employee;

public interface EmployeeRepository extends JpaRepository<Employee, Long> {

Creating the service and controller layers

It is always good practice to put our business logic inside the service layer, which gives a layer of separation from the controller and the database operations. Even though we are performing only the CRUD operations, we are going to create a service layer in this example.

Create a new package for the service layer. Create an interface called EmployeeService, and add the required methods as shown below.

We also have different methods defined for the CRUD operation.

package com.asb.example.service;

import java.util.List;
import com.asb.example.model.Employee;

public interface EmployeeService {
    public Employee createEmployee(Employee emp);
    public Employee updateEmployee(Employee emp);
    public Employee getEmployee(Long empId);
    public void deleteEmployee(Long empId);
    public List<Employee> getAllEmployee();

Create an implementation class for the created EmployeeService interface and annotate the class with the @Service annotation.

We have also injected the EmployeeRepository instance by using the @Autowired annotation to perform database operations. In this class, we have the implementation of the service methods.

package com.asb.example.service;

import java.util.List;
import java.util.Optional;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Service;
import com.asb.example.model.Employee;
import com.asb.example.repository.EmployeeRepository;

public class EmployeeServiceImpl implements EmployeeService {
    private EmployeeRepository employeeRepository;
    public Employee createEmployee(Employee emp) {
        return employeeRepository.save(emp);
    public Employee updateEmployee(Employee emp) {
        return employeeRepository.save(emp);
    public Employee getEmployee(Long empId) {
        Optional<Employee> optionalEmp =  employeeRepository.findById(empId);
        if(optionalEmp.isPresent()) {
            return optionalEmp.get();
        return null;
    public void deleteEmployee(Long empId) {
    public List<Employee> getAllEmployee() {
        return employeeRepository.findAll();

Create a package for the controller layer, and create a REST controller class as shown below.

Here, we have different endpoints for CRUD operation.

package com.asb.example.controller;

import java.util.List;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.http.HttpStatus;
import org.springframework.http.ResponseEntity;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.DeleteMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.GetMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.PathVariable;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.PostMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.PutMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestBody;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RestController;
import com.asb.example.model.Employee;
import com.asb.example.service.EmployeeService;

public class EmployeeController {
    private EmployeeService employeeService;

    @PostMapping(consumes = "application/json", produces = "application/json", path = "/employee")
    public ResponseEntity<Employee> createEmployee(@RequestBody Employee emp) {
        return new ResponseEntity<>(employeeService.createEmployee(emp), HttpStatus.CREATED);

    @PutMapping(consumes = "application/json", produces = "application/json", path = "/employee")
    public ResponseEntity<Employee> updateEmployee(@RequestBody Employee emp) {
        return new ResponseEntity<>(employeeService.updateEmployee(emp), HttpStatus.CREATED);

    @DeleteMapping(produces = "application/json", consumes = "text/plain", path = "/employee/{empId}")
    public ResponseEntity<String> deleteEmployee(@PathVariable(value="empId") Long empId) {
        return new ResponseEntity<>("Employee with EmployeeId : " + empId + " deleted successfully", HttpStatus.OK);

    @GetMapping(path = "/employee/{empId}", produces = "application/json")
    public ResponseEntity<Employee> getEmployee(@PathVariable(value = "empId") Long empId) {
        return new ResponseEntity<>(employeeService.getEmployee(empId), HttpStatus.OK);

    @GetMapping(path = "/employees", produces = "application/json")
    public ResponseEntity<List<Employee>> getAllEmployees() {
        return new ResponseEntity<>(employeeService.getAllEmployee(), HttpStatus.OK);

Running and testing the application

Start the spring boot application. By default, our application will start on the embedded tomcat server on the default port 8080.

Since we have not defined any application context, we can directly access the REST endpoints mentioned in each request mapping.

Create Example (POST Method)

Open the postman and Fill the POST URL, to create a new employee record as shown below. Notice that the request type is POST and the URL is http:localhost:8080/employee/.

The request body contains the JSON content with employee details.

Make sure that request headers Accept and Content-Type are set as shown below.

The values are added in the database table as shown below.

Update Example (PUT Method)

Request and response of update operation are shown below. Here, we have to pass the id column as well in the request, as the Jpa Repository’s save method updates the employee details based on Id input. In this example, we are updating the employee name with the value ‘John’.

The updated employee name in the database table is shown below.

Read By Id Example (GET Method)

To fetch the stored employee details, we should use the HTTP GET method with URL http:localhost:8080/employee/{empId}.

Here, we are fetching the record of the employee with Id 3.

Read All Employee Details (GET Method)

Also, the below API retrieves all available records from the database table.

Delete Example (DELETE Method)

For deleting the employee record, we are using the HTTP DELETE method. We are passing the employee Id to delete the record from the database.


In conclusion, we created a spring boot application with REST and CRUD operation using the spring data JPA library.

We have also used JPA to connect to the PostgreSQL database and tested our endpoints using the Postman tool.