Integrating Spring Boot with MySQL Solution




For this course we will be using MySQL as the database for permanent data storage. We will use Java Persistence API (JPA) as an Object Relation Map (ORM) to map Java classes to SQL tables and Java object instances to records. These instructions are also documented in the following online slides ( /QFmEsk) and available online ( This assignment assumes the successful completion of an earlier assignment.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this assignment you should be able to

  • Create and configure a remote MySQL database on AWS

  • Connect to a remote MySQL database with MySQL Workbench

  • Integrate a Spring Boot Web project with a remote MySQL database

  • Map Java POJOs to a relational schema using Java Persistence API

  • Expose a data model through a Web service endpoint

Creating a Remote MySQL Instance on Heroku

This section describes creating a remote MySQL database instance running on Heroku. These steps assume you have successfully deployed a Spring Boot application on Heroku. If not, make sure to follow the instructions for setting up a remote account, remote application, and a development environment as described in Settingup a Development Environment lecture. Once the environment is setup, create and deploy a Spring Boot application on Heroku as describe in Deploying Spring Boot Web Applications to Heroku. Finally, add a remote MySQL database to the remote development environment as described in Adding a Remote MySQL Database to a Spring Boot Web Application on Heroku. The general steps for setting up the environment on Heroku are listed below. Refer to the original documents for more details.

  1. Install JDK 8 or later

  2. Install Apache Maven

  3. Install the Spring Boot framework

  4. Install MySQL Workbench or some other MySQL client

  5. Create an account on Heroku

  6. Install the Heroku CLI

  7. Create a simple Spring Boot Web application, e.g.,
    spring init –dependencies=web myapp

  8. Deploy the Spring Boot application to Heroku, e.g.,
    heroku create

  9. Add a MySQL remote database to the remote Spring Boot application on Heroku

  10. Connect your local MySQL Workbench to the remote MySQL on Heroku

The connection string will contain the username, password, host and port. Make a note of this since you’ll need it in later steps of this guide.

Creating a Remote MySQL Instance on AWS

This section describes creating a remote MySQL database instance running on AWS.

  1. Login to the Amazon AWS console and expand All Services.

  2. Under the Database section, select RDS.

  3. In the Amazon RDS landing page, select Launch or Get Started Now to add a new RDS instance.

  4. In the Select engine screen, select MySQL and then click Next.

  5. In the Choose use case screen, select Dev/Test – MySQL and then click Next.

  6. In the Specify DB details screen, keep the default settings, and choose the following configuration and then click Next. Use your own identifier, username, and password. The usernames, names, and identifiers shown in this document are based on a particular course, e.g., cs5200, semeter, e.g., fall2018, and your lastname, e.g., annunziato. Please use your particular values where applicable.

    1. DB instance class: db.t2.micro

    2. DB instance identifier: cs5200-fall2018-annunziato

    3. Master username: jannunzi

    4. Master password: yourPa$$word123

    5. Confirm password: yourPa$$word123

Make note of the actual values used above since they will be used in later steps.

  1. In the Configure advanced settings screen, select Yes for the Public accessibility. Also, keep the default settings, but choose the name of the database, e.g., cs5200_ fall2018_annunziato. Note the use of underscores. This will be the name of the schema where tables and their records will be stored. Click on Launch DB Instance to continue. The database will take a few moments to be created after which you can navigate to it by clicking on View DB Instance Details or clicking Instances on the left.

  1. The details screen will be titled with the DB instance identifier chosen earlier, e.g., cs5200-fall2018-annunziato. Scroll down to the Connect section. Make a note of the Endpoint since it will be used later to connect remotely to the database. The endpoint is the name of the server machine where the database is running, e.g.,

Also note the Port where the server is listening for incoming connections, e.g., 3306. If the Endpoint is not yet available, wait a few more minutes while the database service is setup.

  1. Note that the connection might not be publicly available by default as denoted by the configuration Publicly accessible: No.

  2. Make the connection publicly available, even though your configuration is set to YES in Publicly Accessible.

    1. Under the Security group, click on the Inbound security group.

    2. In the security group screen, click the Inbound tab, and then the Edit button.

    3. Under the Source column, select Anywhere from the dropdown, and click Save.

    4. Now, also verify that the Publicly accessible setting is set to Yes.

Install, Configure, and Start MySQL Workbench

MySQL Workbench (Workbench) is a desktop application that provides a graphical user interface to easily interact with a MySQL database instance. Workbench will be used throughout to interact with MySQL running remotely on AWS or Heroku. To install Workbench, navigate to

and download Workbench for your particular operating system. Optionally signup and login, or scroll down a bit further and just start the download. After downloading, start the installation and accept all the defaults, and follow the steps below:

  1. After installing, run the Workbench and create a new connection by clicking on the plus icon next to the MySQL Connections title.

  2. In the Setup New Connection dialog, name your connection, e.g., cs5200- connection, and use the server name, port, master username, and master password noted earlier for the Hostname, Port, Username, and Password fields, and click Ok.

  3. Click on the new connection to connect to the remote MySQL database and start interacting with it through Workbench.

Create a Simple, Sample Database

This section describes creating and interacting with a simple table with some sample data. From Workbench, create a new schema name based on the course you are enrolled in, e.g., cs5200.

To create a new schema, click on the New Schema button (shown at right). In the new_schema screen, type the name of the schema in the Schema Name field and click Apply. Verify that the following command will be executed and click Apply again and then Close (or Finish) .


Make the new schema the default schema by double clicking it or right clicking it, and then selecting Set as default schema.

Create a table called sample with a single field called message. On Workbench, on the left, select the schema you created previously, and then click on the New Table icon to create a new table (shown at right). Type sample for the Name. Under the Column column, type id, select checkboxes PK and AI, and press enter to create a primary key named id.

Under the id field, type message, select VARCHAR(45) for the Datatype, and click Apply. Verify the following command will be executed and click Apply again and then Close.

CREATE TABLE cs5200.sample (


message VARCHAR(45) NULL,


On the left expand the Tables, expand the sample table, expand the Columns, and verify the following fields are present: id and message. Insert some sample data by right clicking the sample table, select Send to SQL Editor, and then Insert Statement. A new SQL editor window opens with the following SQL tempalate statement

INSERT INTO cs5200.sample




(<{id: }>,

<{message: }>);

Replace the following placeholders with the corresponding content


Replace with

<{id: }>


<{message: }>

‘Hello Jose Annunziato’

Use YOUR NAME instead. To execute the SQL Insert command, click on the Execute button (shown on right). To verify that the content was saved, right click on the sample table again and select Select Rows – Limit 1000. A new SQL editor window appears with the following SQL statement

SELECT * FROM cs5200.sample;

Verify that the results are listed below the command window similar to the following




Hello Jose Annunziato

Replace the values in the Insert command to insert some more records. Use the following values:




SQL is great


Java is awesome

Insert the new records and verify the new records exist.

Integrate Spring Boot with MySQL

Start Spring Tool Suite (STS) and open the project created in an earlier assignment. Open the file under src/main/resources and type the following content to configure the datasource JPA will use to connect to the database








spring.datasource.validationQuery=SELECT 1

where SERVER, SCHEMA, USERNAME, and PASSWORD above, are the server name, master username, and master password noted earlier when setting up the aws server instance. Based on the values from earlier, the three lines would be




Configure the project to download and install the MySQL Java connector library. Open the pom.xml file at the root of the project and type the following to download and install the Java MySQL library










If you are using Java 9 and above, you’ll need to add the following dependencies section:






If you are using Java 9 and above, you’ll need to add the following in the plugins section:






Configure a POJO to map to an SQL table and record instances. Open the HelloObject .java file you created in an earlier assignment and add the following content

import javax.persistence.Entity;

import javax.persistence.GeneratedValue;

import javax.persistence.GenerationType;

import javax.persistence.Id;


public class HelloObject {



private int id;

public int getId() {

return id;


public void setId(int id) { = id;



The @Entity annotation above maps the HelloObject class to a table called hello. All the properties in the class are mapped to fields of the same name. The @Id annotation configures the id property as the primary key. The @GeneratedValue annotation configures the id property to be generated automatically by the database, e.g., AUTO_INCREMENT. Spring Boot allows interacting with a database using the Java Persitence API (JPA) implemented through Spring’s JpaRepository class. JPA allows interacting with a database saving and retrieving Java object instances, each representing records in a table in the database. To use JPA you need to create your own class that extends JpaRepository and configures the Java class and its primary key type. Create a interface with the following content

package edu.neu.cs5200.controllers.hello;


public interface HelloRepository

extends JpaRepository<HelloObject, Integer> {


Once the JpaRepository has been declared, it can be used to save and retrieve records from the database. Add the following to the controller created in an earlier assignment:

import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;


public class HelloController {


HelloRepository helloRepository;


public HelloObject insertHelloObject() {

HelloObject obj = new HelloObject(“Hello Jose Annunziato!”);;

return obj;



Replace Jose Annunziato with YOUR NAME. The above source creates a new instance of the HelloObject with the message property set to the constant literal “Hello Jose Annunziato!” and then saves it to the database. In addition, let’s also create an endpoint that allows passing an arbitrary message as a parameter and then save it to the database. Add the following method to the HelloController class:


public HelloObject insertMessage(@PathVariable(“msg”) String message) {

HelloObject obj = new HelloObject(message);;

return obj;


The above code maps the URL pattern /api/hello/insert/{msg} to the insert Message() method. The URL contains path variable {msg}, a placeholder that can be any string. The actual string value is then mapped to method parameter message using the @PathVariable annotation. Finally, let’s add a method to retrieve all the records from the database and return them as a List of HelloObject instances using the findAll() method. Add the following to method to the HelloController class:


public List<HelloObject> selectAllHelloObjects() {

List<HelloObject> hellos =


return hellos;


The above code maps the URL pattern /api/hello/select/all to the selectAllHello Objects() method. The method uses the helloRepository.findAll() method to retrieve all records from the hello table and converts them to a List of HelloObject instances.

Enable remote REST APIs on AWS by extending SpringBootServletInitializer in your SpringBootApplication class you created in an earlier assignment, e.g., Cs5200Fall 2018AnnunziatoApplication:

package edu.neu.cs5200;

import org.springframework.boot.SpringApplication;

import org.springframework.boot.autoconfigure.SpringBootApplication;

import org.springframework.boot.builder.SpringApplicationBuilder;


//if you face an error with above imports, try



public class Cs5200Fall2018AnnunziatoApplication

extends SpringBootServletInitializer {


protected SpringApplicationBuilder

configure(SpringApplicationBuilder application) {

return application.sources(



public static void main(String[] args) {

Cs5200Fall2018AnnunziatoApplication.class, args);



Save all files and rebuild the project. Right click on the project and select Maven and then Update Project. From the command line, navigate to the project directory and build the project using maven

mvn clean install

To test your new Webservice end point, start the Tomcat server and point your browser to


Verify the server responds with the following JSON:


“id”: 1,

“message”: “Hello Jose Annunziato!”


Reload a couple of time and verify the id increments everytime you reload. List all the records by pointing your browser to http://localhost:8080/api/hello/select/all. Verify the server responds with the following JSON:



“id”: 1,

“message”: “Hello Jose Annunziato!”



“id”: 2,

“message”: “Hello Jose Annunziato!”



“id”: 3,

“message”: “Hello Jose Annunziato!”



Now try inserting some random messages, e.g., “JPA Rocks”, “Spring’s the Best”, using the insert/{msg} URL pattern. Point your browser to the following URLs:

http://localhost:8080/api/hello/insert/JPA Rocks

http://localhost:8080/api/hello/insert/Spring’s the Best

List all the records by pointing your browser to http://localhost:8080/api/hello/select/all. Verify the server responds with the following JSON:



“id”: 1,

“message”: “Hello Jose Annunziato!”



“id”: 2,

“message”: “Hello Jose Annunziato!”



“id”: 3,

“message”: “Hello Jose Annunziato!”



“id”: 4,

“message”: “JPA Rocks”



“id”: 5,

“message”: “Spring’s the Best”



In Workbench, verify the data has been saving to the database by right clicking on the hello table on the left, and selecting Select Rows – Limit 1000. A new SQL editor window appears with the following SQL statement

SELECT * FROM cs5200.hello;

Verify that the results are listed below the command window similar to the following:




Hello Jose Annunziato!


Hello Jose Annunziato!


Hello Jose Annunziato!


JPA Rocks


Spring’s the Best

Where the messages should include YOUR NAME instead. Redeploy the war file to the remote Web application deployed on AWS and verify the links work there as well. The links should look similiar to the following: parameterized message

Note that when the application recompiles and/or redeploys, the tables are recreated and previous data is lost. This is fine for now while we are getting started in the early stages of development and we have not settled on a data model and the schema needs to reflect changes in the data model. When we settle on a data model, in later assignments, we will reconfigure JPA to not recreate the tables and loose our data.


As a deliverable add a section called “Integrating Spring Boot with MySQL” to your file that contains three links to the Web service endpoints created in this assignment. The links should return JSON data similar in structure and content as verified throughout the assignment. The should look as follows:

Integrating Spring Boot with MySQL

Insert a static hello message

Insert a parameterized hello message

Retrieve all hello messages

Add, commit and push all the work completed under the Project-2 directory, to your course repository setup in an earlier assignment. Use the following message for your commit: “Integrating Spring Boot with MySQL”.

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