Juha Syrjälä Juha Syrjälä - 2 months ago 44
Java Question

Does Spring @Transactional attribute work on a private method?

If I have a @Transactional -annotation on a private method in a Spring bean, does the annotation have any effect?

If the

annotation is on a public method, it works and open a transaction.

public class Bean {
public void doStuff() {
private void doPrivateStuff() {



Bean bean = (Bean)appContext.getBean("bean");


The answer your question is no - @Transactional will have no effect if used to annotate private methods. The proxy generator will ignore them.

This is documented in Spring Manual chapter 10.5.6:

Method visibility and @Transactional

When using proxies, you should apply the @Transactional annotation only to methods with public visibility. If you do annotate protected, private or package-visible methods with the @Transactional annotation, no error is raised, but the annotated method does not exhibit the configured transactional settings. Consider the use of AspectJ (see below) if you need to annotate non-public methods.