In this tutorial, we will show you how to import a “List” from a properties file, via Spring EL @Value

Tested with :

  1. Spring 4.0.6
  2. JDK 1.7

Spring @Value and List

In Spring @Value, you can use the split() method to inject the ‘List” in one line.

config.properties

server.name=hydra,zeus
server.id=100,102,103
AppConfigTest.java

package com.mkyong.analyzer.test;

import java.util.List;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Value;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Bean;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.PropertySource;
import org.springframework.context.support.PropertySourcesPlaceholderConfigurer;

@Configuration
@PropertySource(value="classpath:config.properties")
public class AppConfigTest {
	
	@Value("#{'${server.name}'.split(',')}")
	private List<String> servers;
	
	@Value("#{'${server.id}'.split(',')}")
	private List<Integer> serverId;
	
	//To resolve ${} in @Value
	@Bean
	public static PropertySourcesPlaceholderConfigurer propertyConfigInDev() {
		return new PropertySourcesPlaceholderConfigurer();
	}

}

Output


	System.out.println(servers.size());
	for(String temp : servers){
		System.out.println(temp);
	}
		
	System.out.println(serverId.size());
	for(Integer temp : serverId){
		System.out.println(temp);
	}

2
hydra
zeus

3
100
102
103

References

  1. Sping IO – Spring Expression