Hibernate One-To-One Unidirectional with Foreign Key Associations (Annotation)

In this tutorial, we will learn about how to use Hibernate One-To-One Unidirectional Foreign Key association mapping using annotation based configuration.

In One-To-One Unidirectional with Foreign Key association mapping, one table has a foreign key column that references the primary key of associated table.By Unidirectional relationship means only one side navigation is possible (STUDENT to ADDRESS in this example). Let’s get going.
We are discussing an example of Student and Address relationship. A student lives on one Address. And one address can be occupied by only one student.

Following technologies being used:

  • Hibernate 4.3.6.Final
  • MySQL Server 5.6
  • Maven 3.1.1
  • JDK 1.6
  • Eclipse JUNO Service Release 2

Let’s begin.

Step 1: Create required Database Table

Open MySQL terminal / workbench terminal and execute following MySQL script :

create table ADDRESS (
   street VARCHAR(30) NOT NULL,
   city  VARCHAR(30) NOT NULL,
   country  VARCHAR(30) NOT NULL,
   PRIMARY KEY (address_id)

create table STUDENT (
   home_address_id BIGINT NOT NULL,
   first_name VARCHAR(30) NOT NULL,
   last_name  VARCHAR(30) NOT NULL,
   section    VARCHAR(30) NOT NULL,
   PRIMARY KEY (student_id),
   CONSTRAINT student_address FOREIGN KEY (home_address_id) REFERENCES ADDRESS ( address_id)

Here we have first created Address table followed by student table as student table contains a foreign key referring to Address table.
Please visit MySQL installation on Local PC in case you are finding difficulties in setting up MySQL locally.

Step 2: Create project directory structure

Following will be the final project structure:

Now let’s add/update the content mentioned in above project structure.

Step 3: Update pom.xml to include required Hibernate and MySQL dependency

Following is the updated minimalistic pom.xml

<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">




		<!-- Hibernate -->

		<!-- MySQL -->


On saving pom.xml with above content, Eclipse will download all the dependencies.

Step 4: Create Model classes

Model class Student & Address are simple POJO class which is annotated with JPA annotations to map it to a database tables(created in step 1).

package com.websystique.hibernate.model;

import javax.persistence.Column;
import javax.persistence.Entity;
import javax.persistence.GeneratedValue;
import javax.persistence.Id;
import javax.persistence.JoinColumn;
import javax.persistence.OneToOne;
import javax.persistence.Table;

@Table(name = "STUDENT")
public class Student {

	@Column(name = "STUDENT_ID")
	private long id;

	@Column(name = "FIRST_NAME")
	private String firstName;

	@Column(name = "LAST_NAME")
	private String lastName;

	@Column(name = "SECTION")
	private String section;

	private Address address;

	public Student() {


	public Student(String firstName, String lastName, String section) {
		this.firstName = firstName;
		this.lastName = lastName;
		this.section = section;

	public long getId() {
		return id;

	public void setId(long id) {
		this.id = id;

	public String getFirstName() {
		return firstName;

	public void setFirstName(String firstName) {
		this.firstName = firstName;

	public String getLastName() {
		return lastName;

	public void setLastName(String lastName) {
		this.lastName = lastName;

	public String getSection() {
		return section;

	public void setSection(String section) {
		this.section = section;

	public Address getAddress() {
		return address;

	public void setAddress(Address address) {
		this.address = address;

	public String toString() {
		return "Student [id=" + id + ", firstName=" + firstName + ", lastName="
				+ lastName + ", section=" + section + ", address=" + address
				+ "]";


package com.websystique.hibernate.model;

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

@Table(name = "ADDRESS")
public class Address {

	@Id @GeneratedValue
	@Column(name = "ADDRESS_ID")
	private long id;

	@Column(name = "STREET")
	private String street;

	@Column(name = "CITY")
	private String city;

	@Column(name = "COUNTRY")
	private String country;

	public Address() {


	public Address(String street, String city, String country) {
		this.street = street;
		this.city = city;
		this.country = country;

	public long getId() {
		return id;

	public void setId(long id) {
		this.id = id;

	public String getStreet() {
		return street;

	public void setStreet(String street) {
		this.street = street;

	public String getCity() {
		return city;

	public void setCity(String city) {
		this.city = city;

	public String getCountry() {
		return country;

	public void setCountry(String country) {
		this.country = country;

	public String toString() {
		return "Address [id=" + id + ", street=" + street + ", city=" + city
				+ ", country=" + country + "]";

Difference between Student class define here and in the previous tutorial(shared primary key) is that we have replaced @PrimaryKeyJoinColumn with @joinColumn which maps on a seperate column in database but will still point to primary key of address table, thanks to the foreign key constrained we have declared during table creation time. Address class is completly independent of Student table.

Step 5: Create Hibernate configuration file

We need to inform hibernate about how to connect to database, which database dialect we will be using so that hibernate can generate the instruction specific to that database.

We define all these information in hibernate.cfg.xml. Create this file with below content and save it in src/main/resources folder.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE hibernate-configuration SYSTEM "http://www.hibernate.org/dtd/hibernate-configuration-3.0.dtd">

        <property name="hibernate.dialect">org.hibernate.dialect.MySQLDialect</property>
        <property name="hibernate.connection.driver_class">com.mysql.jdbc.Driver</property>
        <property name="hibernate.connection.username">myuser</property>
        <property name="hibernate.connection.password">mypassword</property>
        <property name="hibernate.connection.url">jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/websystique</property>
        <property name="show_sql">true</property>
        <property name="format_sql">false</property>
        <mapping class="com.websystique.hibernate.model.Student"/>
        <mapping class="com.websystique.hibernate.model.Address"/>

dialect property informs hibernate to generate database specific (MySQL here) instructions. driver_class defines the database specific driver hibernate will use to make connection. next 3 properties corresponds to database connection. show_sql will instruct hibernate to log all the statements on console and format_sql instructs it to display properly formatted sql. mapping tag instructs hibernate to perform mapping for classes refereed by class attribute.

Step 6: Create Hibernate Utility class

This class is well-known in hibernate community, and used for configuring hibernate on startup and managing session factory.

package com.websystique.hibernate;

import org.hibernate.SessionFactory;
import org.hibernate.cfg.AnnotationConfiguration;

public class HibernateUtil {
	private static final SessionFactory sessionFactory;
			sessionFactory = new AnnotationConfiguration().configure().buildSessionFactory();

		}catch (Throwable ex) {
			System.err.println("Session Factory could not be created." + ex);
			throw new ExceptionInInitializerError(ex);
	public static SessionFactory getSessionFactory() {
		return sessionFactory;

Step 7: Create executable class to Run and perform operations on Database

package com.websystique.hibernate;

import java.util.List;

import org.hibernate.Session;

import com.websystique.hibernate.model.Address;
import com.websystique.hibernate.model.Student;

public class HibernateStandAlone {
	public static void main(String[] args) {

		Student student = new Student("Sam","Disilva","Maths");
		Address address = new Address("10 Silver street","NYC","USA");
		Session session = HibernateUtil.getSessionFactory().openSession();


		List<Student> students = (List<Student>)session.createQuery("from Student ").list();
		for(Student s: students){
			System.out.println("Details : "+s);


Here we have persisted Address class firstly in order to meet foreign key constraint(not null), then we have set student’s address property followed by persisting student.

Execute above class as Java application. You will see following output

Hibernate: insert into ADDRESS (CITY, COUNTRY, STREET) values (?, ?, ?)
Hibernate: insert into STUDENT (HOME_ADDRESS_ID, FIRST_NAME, LAST_NAME, SECTION) values (?, ?, ?, ?)
Hibernate: select student0_.STUDENT_ID as STUDENT_1_1_, student0_.HOME_ADDRESS_ID as HOME_ADD5_1_, student0_.FIRST_NAME as FIRST_NA2_1_, student0_.LAST_NAME as LAST_NAM3_1_, student0_.SECTION as SECTION4_1_ from STUDENT student0_
Details : Student [id=1, firstName=Sam, lastName=Disilva, section=Maths, address=Address [id=1, street=10 Silver street, city=NYC, country=USA]]

Below is the snapshot of MySQL database after execution of above program.



That’s it.

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