Spring MVC textbox example

In Spring MVC, you can use <form:input /> tag to render a HTML textbox field. For example,

<form:input path="userName" />

It will renders following HTML code

<input id="userName" name="userName" type="text" value=""/>

In this tutorial, we show you how to use Spring’s form tag “input” to render a HTML textbox to store the “userName“. Additionally, add an empty check validator to make sure the textbox value is not empty.

1. Controller

A SimpleFormController to handle the form value, and link the form value to the Customer object.

File : TextBoxController.java

package com.mkyong.customer.controller;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;
import org.springframework.validation.BindException;
import org.springframework.web.servlet.ModelAndView;
import org.springframework.web.servlet.mvc.SimpleFormController;
import com.mkyong.customer.model.Customer;
public class TextBoxController extends SimpleFormController{
	public TextBoxController(){
	protected ModelAndView onSubmit(HttpServletRequest request,
		HttpServletResponse response, Object command, BindException errors)
		throws Exception {
		Customer customer = (Customer)command;
		return new ModelAndView("CustomerSuccess","customer",customer);

2. Model

A Customer object to store the text box value.

File : Customer.java

package com.mkyong.customer.model;
public class Customer{
	String userName;
	//getter and setter methods

3. Form Validator

Create a form validator class and use the ValidationUtils class to make sure the “userName” is not empty, Otherwise, get the “required.userName” message from the corresponds resource bundle (properties file).

File : CustomerValidator.java

package com.mkyong.customer.validator;
import org.springframework.validation.Errors;
import org.springframework.validation.ValidationUtils;
import org.springframework.validation.Validator;
import com.mkyong.customer.model.Customer;
public class CustomerValidator implements Validator{
	public boolean supports(Class clazz) {
		//just validate the Customer instances
		return Customer.class.isAssignableFrom(clazz);
	public void validate(Object target, Errors errors) {
		ValidationUtils.rejectIfEmptyOrWhitespace(errors, "userName",
			"required.userName", "Field name is required.");

File : message.properties

required.userName = username is required!

4. View

A JSP page to use the Spring’s form tag “input” to render a HTML textbox, and put some CSS styles to highlight the error message.

File : CustomerForm.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>Spring's form textbox example</h2>
	<form:form method="POST" commandName="customerForm">
		<form:errors path="*" cssClass="errorblock" element="div" />
				<td>Username :</td>
				<td><form:input path="userName" />
				<td><form:errors path="userName" cssClass="error" />
				<td colspan="3"><input type="submit" />

If the form is submitted, render the successful page and display the submitted textbox value.

File : CustomerSuccess.jsp

	<h2>Spring's form textbox example</h2>
	userName : ${customer.userName}

5. Spring Bean Configuration

Link it all ~

<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
  class="org.springframework.web.servlet.mvc.support.ControllerClassNameHandlerMapping" />
	<bean class="com.mkyong.customer.controller.TextBoxController">
		<property name="formView" value="CustomerForm" />
		<property name="successView" value="CustomerSuccess" />
		<!-- Map a validator -->
		<property name="validator">
			<bean class="com.mkyong.customer.validator.CustomerValidator" />
	<!-- Register the Customer.properties -->
	<bean id="messageSource"
		<property name="basename" value="message" />
	<bean id="viewResolver"
		<property name="prefix">
		<property name="suffix">

6. Demo

Access the page – http://localhost:8080/SpringMVCForm/textbox.htm


If the textbox value is empty while submitting the form, display and highlight the error message.


If the form is submitted successfully, just display the submitted textbox value.


Download Source Code

Download it – SpringMVCForm-TextBox-Example.zip (9KB)
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  • manglesh

    I have form which has object in it. that object has a list of object (which has variables on form view) so something like this:
    -> Obj1
    -> List
    and Obj2 has fields like title, firstname, lastname etc.
    Now I want to assign textbox value to field in Obj2 (say to title).
    I tried using obj1.obj[0].title however this does not work.

    Could you please comment.

  • George owino

    Hey, i tried your code without validation am getting this error on my tomcat console log4j:Warn no appenders could be found for logger(org.
    log4j:WARN Please initialize thr log4j system properly

  • Sidharth

    Your Explaination :

    It will renders following HTML code

    Mine :

    I believe will result in

    therefore it will also consider value=”userName” if we expect our textbox to be prefilled.

  • eladerezador

    I’m new to Spring, the example is already set in STS, but when I call locally to: http://localhost:8080/SpringMVCForm/textbox.htm, the browser gives the following error “Estate HTTP 404 – /SpringMVCForm/textbox.htm”

    Could you please tell me why this happens?


    • lsr

      You should run the example first,when it’s running ,you can access the url.

  • Kirill

    Why did you use textbox.htm link to access CustomerForm.jsp? Where is it described in your code?

  • http://xxx tomina

    excellent example… works great… thanks.

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