Spring 3 MVC and JSR303 @Valid example

In Spring 3, you can enable “mvc:annotation-driven” to support JSR303 bean validation via @Valid annotation, if any JSR 303 validator framework on the classpath.

Hibernate Validator is the reference implementation for JSR 303

In this tutorial, we show you how to integrate Hibernate validator with Spring MVC, via @Valid annotation, to perform bean validation in a HTML form.

Technologies used :

  1. Spring 3.0.5.RELEASE
  2. Hibernate Validator 4.2.0.Final
  3. JDK 1.6
  4. Eclipse 3.6
  5. Maven 3

1. Project Dependencies

Hibernate validator is available at JBoss public repository.

			<id>JBoss repository</id>
		<!-- Spring 3 dependencies -->
		<!-- Hibernate Validator -->

2. JSR303 Bean Validation

A simple POJO, annotated with Hibernate validator annotation.

Refer to this Hibernate validator documentation for detail explanation
package com.mkyong.common.model;
import org.hibernate.validator.constraints.NotEmpty;
import org.hibernate.validator.constraints.Range;
public class Customer {
	@NotEmpty //make sure name is not empty
	String name;
	@Range(min = 1, max = 150) //age need between 1 and 150
	int age;
	//getter and setter methods

3. Controller + @Valid

For validation to work, just annotate the “JSR annotated model object” via @Valid. That’s all, other stuff is just a normal Spring MVC form handling.

package com.mkyong.common.controller;
import javax.validation.Valid;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Controller;
import org.springframework.ui.ModelMap;
import org.springframework.validation.BindingResult;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMethod;
import com.mkyong.common.model.Customer;
public class SignUpController {
	@RequestMapping(value = "/signup", method = RequestMethod.POST)
	public String addCustomer(@Valid Customer customer, BindingResult result) {
		if (result.hasErrors()) {
			return "SignUpForm";
		} else {
			return "Done";
	@RequestMapping(method = RequestMethod.GET)
	public String displayCustomerForm(ModelMap model) {
		model.addAttribute("customer", new Customer());
		return "SignUpForm";

4. Error Message

By default, if validation failed.

  1. @NotEmpty will display “may not be empty”
  2. @Range will display “must be between 1 and 150″

You can override it easily, create a properties with “key” and message. To know which @annotation bind to which key, just debug it and view value inside “BindingResult result“. Normally, the key is “@Annotation Name.object.fieldname“.

File : messages.properties

NotEmpty.customer.name = Name is required!
Range.customer.age = Age value must be between 1 and 150

5. mvc:annotation-driven

Enable “mvc:annotation-driven” to make Spring MVC supports JSR303 validator via @Valid, and also bind your properties file.

<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
	<context:component-scan base-package="com.mkyong.common.controller" />
         <!-- support JSR303 annotation if JSR 303 validation present on classpath -->
	<mvc:annotation-driven />
	<bean id="viewResolver"
		<property name="prefix">
		<property name="suffix">
        <!-- bind your messages.properties -->
	<bean class="org.springframework.context.support.ResourceBundleMessageSource"
		<property name="basename" value="messages" />

6. JSP Pages

Last one, normal JSP page with Spring form tag library.

File : SignUpForm.jsp

<%@ taglib prefix="form" uri="http://www.springframework.org/tags/form"%>
.error {
	color: #ff0000;
.errorblock {
	color: #000;
	background-color: #ffEEEE;
	border: 3px solid #ff0000;
	padding: 8px;
	margin: 16px;
	<h2>Customer SignUp Form - JSR303 @Valid example</h2>
	<form:form method="POST" commandName="customer" action="customer/signup">
		<form:errors path="*" cssClass="errorblock" element="div" />
				<td>Customer Name :</td>
				<td><form:input path="name" /></td>
				<td><form:errors path="name" cssClass="error" /></td>
				<td>Customer Age :</td>
				<td><form:input path="age" /></td>
				<td><form:errors path="age" cssClass="error" /></td>
				<td colspan="3"><input type="submit" /></td>

File : Done.jsp


6. Demo

URL : http://localhost:8080/SpringMVC/customer – Customer form page, with 2 text boxes for name and age.

Spring MVC JSR303 demo page

URL : http://localhost:8080/SpringMVC/customer/signup – If you didn’t fill in the form and click on the “submit” button, your customized validation error messages will be displayed.

Spring MVC JSR303 demo page - error message

Download Source Code


  1. Spring JSR303 validation documentation
  2. JSR303 bean validation
  3. Hibernate Validator
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  • Philip

    Just a quick thank you for your great tutorials. You help many people with them I’m sure :-)

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  • venkatram

    Thanks alot! I was actually looking for replacing message string in jpa entity with property file value.
    I have Tried with injecting apache commonconfig bean to entity through aop. But they gave me errors like we cannot inject any new class as property in entity if it is not a column in the associated table.Then I tried with static resource bundle, getting value from the bundle. But, the message attribute needed constant expression. Finally I have seen your example.

    How do you know that we can override the default message? What would you made to think like that? Please guide me how to read and think in the way of compiler / interpretor /
    Container? How can we adopt such way of thinking..

    awaiting your response..

    Thanks and Regards

  • http://dea42.com avatar42

    After wasting hours trying to find an example of how to make the error messages for @Valid friendly / custom I thought I should add it here. The trick is to but your key in {} as in @NotEmpty(message = “{err.msg}”) Otherwise it returns the key instead of the text for the translated key.

    • http://dea42.com avatar42

      pre tag lost in reply. Trying escaped.
      Note for the custom error message keys to work, if you do not have already, you will need to add:
      <bean id=”messageSource”
      <property name=”basename”
      value=”WEB-INF/classes/messages” />
      <property name=”defaultEncoding” value=”UTF-8″ />
      <bean id=”validator” class=”org.springframework.validation.beanvalidation.LocalValidatorFactoryBean”>
      <property name=”validationMessageSource” ref=”messageSource” />
      <mvc:annotation-driven validator=”validator” />

      To your servlet.xml

  • Binh Thanh Nguyen

    Thanks, nice post.

  • Tarun

    Using @Valid results in a HTTP 400 response for me

  • smith

    I am getting this error when i am deploying my application.

    WARNING: No mapping found for HTTP request with URI [/] in DispatcherServlet with name ‘mvc-dispatcher’.

  • kerchunk

    I’m pretty sure this setup will barf if someone were to enter a non-integer into the “age” form field , like the letter “A”, and tried to submit.

  • gill

    Can we implement jsr 303 validation with ajax instead of form submit in spring


  • Quach Thien

    Hi, your tutorial is very helpful, but I wanna ask you what should I do if I have a insert book page, which has a dropdownlist controller bound data from database. In controller, when (result.hasError()) return ‘true’, if i return ‘book’, the error message display very well, but the data of dropdownlist has been lost. Can you help me?

  • Ankur Raiyani


    Thanks for sharing helpful tutorial.

    I have a bean which contains two fields password and confirm password.
    I compare these fields and add below code if they are different.

    result.rejectValue("password", "exception.registration.password.mismatch","Password Mismatch");

    However, this message doesn’t display on JSP in fact it isn’t added to errors.

    Can you please guide as soon as possible?


    • Ankur

      Problem Resolved !! :)

  • Juzer Ali

    Its not mentioned that this example would require a validations-api jar as well. After looking at the Pom.xml I thought this is all what is needed and spent a couple of hours trying to figure out why my project is showing error.

  • http://[email protected] Ramath

    Is there a option to this Hibernate validation or any annotated validation framework in standalone Java application using Spring 3.0 framework . Thanks.

  • Sunil

    I have down loaded same project and imported into eclipse.
    But I’m not getting any errors for bad inputs also. Can any body help me on this.

    The following code always returning false.

     if (result.hasErrors())


    • Sunil

      sorry! ,

      After coping hibernate jar into server lib , working fine.

      Anyway Thanks MkYoung :-)

  • David Cook

    I have the validation working to the point it validates and generates error, but I can’t get it back to my jsp page. If I just return a reference to the page it gives me a 404. If I return a redirect to the page it goes to the page but with no errors. This is in applying your tutorial to my own project.

    The start of the function in my controller is as follows

    @RequestMapping(value = &quot;/createProject&quot;, method = RequestMethod.POST)
    	public String createProject(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response, @Valid Project project, BindingResult result)
    			//request.setAttribute(&quot;errors&quot;, errors);
    			return &quot;project/creatProject&quot;;
    • David Cook

      Of note I am using an internalResourceViewResolver in my xml. Can it be done with that view resolver?

    • David Cook

      Never mind got it sorted out. Typo in createProject.

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  • ColorAnt

    Hi, thanks for you example.
    Let one comment.
    When me print (example)
    Name: a
    Age: 180

    I’m redirect to “http://localhost:8080/customer/customer/signup”
    with “Error 404 The requested resource is not available.”

    (sorry for my english)

    • David Hildebrandt

      I get the same result as ColorAnt. The first time pressing ‘Submit Query’ on the SignUpForm.jsp, the subsequent URL and mapping to the controller is fine. The first time, the URL is: http://localhost:8080/customer/signup.

      The second time, if I purposefully input incorrect data again, and press ‘Submit Query’ on the SignUpForm.jsp again, the URL is http://localhost:8080/customer/customer/signup.

      And I have not spent too long a time trying to figure out a solution.

      • David Hildebrandt

        This worked:

        <%@ taglib prefix="c" uri="http://java.sun.com/jsp/jstl/core"%>
        <%@ taglib prefix="form" uri="http://www.springframework.org/tags/form"%>

        And then, set the URL for the action this way:

        <c:url value="/customer/signup" var="theAction" />
        <form:form method="POST" commandName="customer" action="${theAction}">

        For certain, not an elegant solution – but one that works.

  • dawe

    I’ve got problem. I imported this project like a maven project, but when I start this application http://localhost:8080/SpringMVC/customer show 404 – /SpringMVC/customer. But I tried write my app with using this tutorial, validate working but I cannot see errors messages in my form :(

    • dawe

      Solved, with your tutorial there was a problem with Tomcat now it works, my probles resolved too..thanks for you tutorial :)

  • http://www.chrishamilton.co.uk Chris

    It is very helpful that you have taken the time to provide these Spring MVC tutorials across your web site. Great work!

    I suggest adding usage of ${pageContext.request.contextPath}/ to the form action on SignUpForm.jsp


    Without this, entering invalid inputs and hitting Submit twice in a row will lead to an error (404 page not found, No mapping found for HTTP request with URI [/SpringMVC/customer/customer/signup – note double reference to “customer”). Of course, that may just be the way that I am deploying it — i.e. via the Maven Tomcat plugin, i.e. mvn tomcat:run

    • http://www.mkyong.com mkyong

      Thanks for your feedback :)

    • visu

      Thank you @Chris!

    • Flavio

      Thanks, Chris… that’s exactly what i was looking for… solved my issue.

      and also thanks to mkyong… simple, clear and helpful tutorial

    • WP

      Thanks for this! I encounter this kind of problem several times and really do not know what causes the problem. When putting this code of yours into mine,everything works like a magic. Thanks a lot.

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  • pratyusha


    Would like to know if there is any way for suppressing the validations whenever they are not required for a particular transaction ?

    Your response is eagerly awaited .


    • Ben

      I too would like to know how/if at all possible it is to do this

  • Sachin

    Hi, can you let me know how to validate the variable that contains object reference? for eg I want to validate Address domain object which is referred in Customer class as given below.

    public class Customer {	
    	String name;	
    	int age;
            Address address;
    	//getter and setter methods 
    public class Address{	
    	String postcode;	
    	int houseNumber;
            String roadName;
    	//getter and setter methods 
  • Gourav


    i am trying the same example but in case of error when i redirect to the previous page(in your example it is signup page) i got the error

    Neither BindingResult nor plain target object for bean name &quot;customer&quot;

    the second time i am not adding the attribute in model map

    Here is the controller class

    package com.bansal.controller;
    import javax.validation.Valid;
    import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
    import org.springframework.stereotype.Controller;
    import org.springframework.ui.Model;
    import org.springframework.ui.ModelMap;
    import org.springframework.validation.BindingResult;
    import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;
    import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMethod;
    import com.bansal.model.MyModel;
    import com.bansal.model.UserInformation;
    public class MyController {
    	String formName;
    	MyModel modelObject;
    	MyController(MyModel passedModel) {
    		modelObject = passedModel;
    	@RequestMapping(value = "/RegistartionPage")
    	public String showRegistarionForm(ModelMap model) {
    		model.addAttribute("NewRegistrationPageModel", new UserInformation());
    		return "NewRegistrationPageView";
    	@RequestMapping(value = "/showInformation", method = RequestMethod.POST)
    	public String showInformation(@Valid UserInformation userInfo,
    			BindingResult result,ModelMap model) {
    		if (result.hasErrors()) {
    			return "NewRegistrationPageView";
    		model.addAttribute( "UserInfomationPageModel",userInfo);
    		return "UserInfomationPageView";
  • Jimmy


    I tried the example, it compiles and runs, however when I just click SUBMIT with no values entered in the form, the bean does not validate. There is no error, and it just passes through the Done page.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks J

    • Christian

      Same problem here. Find any solution yet?

      • http://www.mkyong.com mkyong

        Previous version had “signup” point to a wrong path, try download the example-2, just tested in my development environment, it’s working fine.

  • Suresh


    Could you please explain how to test the validator code with Spring3.0.6 and Junit4.8.2??

    I have a junit test class which tests a SpringMVC Controller (springmvc 3.x). I intend to test the JSR 303 validation using Junit and Spring, using annotations.

    I am using the following jars for validation:
    validation-api 1.0.0.GA and hibernate-validator 4.2.0.Final

    Here’s the code snippet:

    public ModelAndView authenticate(HttpServletRequest request,
    			@Valid LoginForm loginForm, BindingResult result) {
    if (result.hasErrors()) {
      //Redirect to error page
    public class LoginForm implements Serializable {
            @NotNull(message=&quot;User Name cannot be null&quot;)
    	@Size(min = 4, max = 30,message = &quot;User Name must be of length 4&quot;)
    	private String username;
    	@NotNull(message=&quot;Password cannot be null&quot;)
    	@Size(min = 6, max = 30,message = &quot;Password must be of length 6&quot;)
    	private String password;
            //Remaining fields
    @ContextConfiguration(locations = { &quot;classpath:/spring/app-context-test.xml&quot; })
    public class LoginControllerTest extends AbstractTransactionalJUnit4SpringContextTest{
    private LoginController loginController;
    	public final void testAuthenticateWithNullParameters() {
    		BindingResult result = new DirectFieldBindingResult(loginForm,
    		ModelAndView mav = loginController.authenticate(mockHttpServletRequest,loginForm, result);
    		ModelAndViewAssert.assertViewName(mav, &quot;userLogin&quot;);
                    //Expecting 2 errors here
    		assertEquals(2, result.getErrorCount());
    &lt;!-- Scan controller package --&gt;
    &lt;context:component-scan base-package=&quot;com.xyz.web&quot; /&gt;
    &lt;!-- Enables the Spring MVC @Controller programming model --&gt;
    &lt;mvc:annotation-driven /&gt;

    Could you please help us how to go about this?

    Thanks & Regards,
    Suresh S

  • http://www.ixsystemes.com.au sam

    hi, I can’t deploy this war file to jboss 6.
    Here is shown as follow:

    22:31:05,856 INFO  [org.jboss.web.tomcat.service.deployers.TomcatDeployment] deploy, ctxPath=/SpringMVC
    22:31:05,910 INFO  [org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.[jboss.web].[localhost].[/SpringMVC]] Initializing Spring root WebApplicationContext
    22:31:05,989 ERROR [STDERR] SLF4J: slf4j-api 1.6.x (or later) is incompatible with this binding.
    22:31:05,990 ERROR [STDERR] SLF4J: Your binding is version 1.5.5 or earlier.
    22:31:05,990 ERROR [STDERR] SLF4J: Upgrade your binding to version 1.6.x. or 2.0.x
    22:31:05,990 ERROR [org.springframework.web.context.ContextLoader] Context initialization failed: org.springframework.beans.factory.BeanCreationException: Error creating bean with name 'org.springframework.validation.beanvalidation.LocalValidatorFactoryBean#0': Invocation of init method failed; nested exception is java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: org.slf4j.impl.StaticLoggerBinder.getSingleton()Lorg/slf4j/impl/StaticLoggerBinder;
            at org.springframework.beans.factory.support.AbstractAutowireCapableBeanFactory.initializeBean(AbstractAutowireCapableBeanFactory.java:1420) [:3.0.6.RELEASE]
            at org.springframework.beans.factory.support.AbstractAutowireCapableBeanFactory.doCreateBean(AbstractAutowireCapableBeanFactory.java:519) [:3.0.6.RELEASE]
    • http://www.mkyong.com mkyong

      The solution is stated in your error message

      22:31:05,989 ERROR [STDERR] SLF4J: slf4j-api 1.6.x (or later) is incompatible with this binding.
      22:31:05,990 ERROR [STDERR] SLF4J: Your binding is version 1.5.5 or earlier.
      22:31:05,990 ERROR [STDERR] SLF4J: Upgrade your binding to version 1.6.x. or 2.0.x
  • weirongjia

    I think this example has some problems,
    in the file : SignUpForm.jsp
    Customer SignUp Form – JSR303 @Valid example

    the action maybe can’t get the
    URL : http://localhost:8080/SpringMVC/customer – Customer form page, with 2 text boxes for name and age
    in this page when i click the submit button i got a 404 error,the url like:
    is there anywhere should to be modified

    • B2K

      same problem with me if anybody find problem please reply
      thanks in advance

      • weirongjia

        I modified the origin code as below
        it seems work

        .error {
        color: #ff0000;

        .errorblock {
        color: #000;
        background-color: #ffEEEE;
        border: 3px solid #ff0000;
        padding: 8px;
        margin: 16px;

        Spring JSR303

        Customer SignUp Form – JSR303 @Valid example
        <form:form method="post" commandName="stu" action= "”>





        • B2K

          form:form method=”post” commandName=”stu” action= “”

          hey i really unable to understand what u r trying to explain me.. sorry but i cant get u.

          please post in proper format

          • B2K

            it worked when i set action of form to “customer/signup” not only “signup”

        • http://www.mkyong.com mkyong

          @weirongjia is right, thanks, the screenshot is point to “customer/signup” as well, just no idea why jsp action will point to “signup”? My fault, and sorry for any inconvenience caused.

          Article updated and tested, it’s working fine now.