Spring 4 Hello World Example

This tutorial shows Spring 4 Hello world Annotation example using Spring Annotation (aka javaConfig) configuration, explains Spring 4 basic concepts & usage. XML configuration too is provided as well for side-by-side comparison. We will be creating a Maven based project using Spring 4.0.6.RELEASE. Let’s get going.

Following technologies being used:

  • Spring 4.0.6.RELEASE
  • Maven 3
  • JDK 1.6
  • Eclipse JUNO Service Release 2

Project directory structure

Following will be the final project directory structure for this example:

For details on how to create a maven project, Our Maven tutorial contains step-by step instruction to help you achieve that.

Let’s add the content as shown in above directory structure.

Step 1: Provide Spring dependencies in Maven pom.xml

Being a maven based project, we will provide all required dependencies via Maven 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">






We only need Spring core and Spring context dependencies to work with this example. Annotation used in this example belongs to spring-context.

Step 2: Create a POJO class

Spring promotes loose coupling and coding to interfaces. Create a POJO interface and it’s implementation.This POJO will act as spring bean.

package com.websystique.spring.domain;

public interface HelloWorld {

	void sayHello(String name);

package com.websystique.spring.domain;

public class HelloWorldImpl implements HelloWorld{

	public void sayHello(String name) {
		System.out.println("Hello "+name);


Step 3: Create Spring Configuration Class

Spring configuration class contains bean definitions your application will need. @Configuration declares a class as a Spring Configuration class which can contain @Bean annotated methods generating bean definitions managed by Spring container.

package com.websystique.spring.configuration;

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

public class HelloWorldConfig {

	@Description("This is a sample HelloWorld Bean")
	public HelloWorld helloWorld() {
		return new HelloWorldImpl();


@Description is a new annotation introduced in Spring 4 for providing a textual description of the bean which can be useful for monitoring purpose. In this particular example although, it is not making any difference.

Above configuration is same as below Spring XML representaiton(let’s name it helloworld-config.xml):

<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
	xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans-4.0.xsd">

	<bean id="helloWorldBean" class="com.websystique.spring.domain.HelloWorldImpl">

Step 4: Create Main to run as Java Application

package com.websystique.spring;

import org.springframework.context.annotation.AnnotationConfigApplicationContext;
import org.springframework.context.support.AbstractApplicationContext;

import com.websystique.spring.configuration.HelloWorldConfig;
import com.websystique.spring.domain.HelloWorld;

public class AppMain {

	public static void main(String args[]) {
		AbstractApplicationContext context = new AnnotationConfigApplicationContext(HelloWorldConfig.class);
		HelloWorld bean = (HelloWorld) context.getBean("helloWorldBean");
		bean.sayHello("Spring 4");


AnnotationConfigApplicationContext creates Spring Application Context accepting input as our configuration class annotated with @Configuration, registering all the beans generated by the configuration class in Spring runtime. Once we got the context configured, we can use getBean method to fetch a specific bean from Spring application context and perform some action on that

HelloWorld bean = (HelloWorld) context.getBean("helloWorldBean");
bean.sayHello("Spring 4");

Run above program as Java Application, you should see following output

Hello Spring 4

That’s it. For XML based configuration, above main class can be written as follows:

package com.websystique.spring;

import org.springframework.context.support.AbstractApplicationContext;
import org.springframework.context.support.ClassPathXmlApplicationContext;

import com.websystique.spring.domain.HelloWorld;

public class AppMain {

	public static void main(String args[]) {
		AbstractApplicationContext context = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext("helloworld-config.xml");
		HelloWorld bean = (HelloWorld) context.getBean("helloWorldBean");
		bean.sayHello("Spring 4");



helloworld-config.xml is the file we discussed in step 3 created somewhere in project classpath (/src/main/resources e.g).

In the next post we will see an example of Spring bean auto-detection , feature that helps automatically find the beans in application context with help of Spring annotations, without need of declaring them as Beans in configuration class.

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  • Venkatesh

    Exception in thread “main” org.springframework.beans.factory.NoSuchBeanDefinitionException: No bean named ‘HelloWorldImpl’ is defined

    could you please help

    • websystique

      Hi Venkatesh, Sorry for being late.

      Please make sure that your ‘HelloWorld’ Bean in @Configuration class is annotated with @Bean. Like shown below.

      @Description(“This is a sample HelloWorld Bean”)
      public HelloWorld helloWorld() {
      return new HelloWorldImpl();

  • Yunus Khan

    Hi I am facing one error when run this hello world on tomcat 8 it is running fine but when i tried this on Jboss 7.1.1AS then it is successfully deployed but on browser it is giving me error HTTP Status 404 – /Spring4MVCHelloWorldNoXMLDemo/

    type Status report
    message /Spring4MVCHelloWorldNoXMLDemo/

    description The requested resource (/Spring4MVCHelloWorldNoXMLDemo/) is not available.

    Please help

  • Anil Vighne

    Thank you sir very nice Explanation ………!!!