0x56794E 0x56794E - 17 days ago 7
Java Question

@Autowired vs @Required on setter

I'm curious to know what's the difference between code like this:

class MyClass {
MyService myService;

and code like this:

class MyClass {
MyService myService;

public void setMyService(MyService val) {
this.myService = val;


@Autowired annotation is used when you want to autowire a bean. @Autowired is not limited to setter. It can be used with a constructor and a field as well. If you use @Autowired annotation on a field, that field will be autowired with bean having matching data type.

@Required checks if a particular property has been set or not. If a field has been annotated with @Required annotation and that field is not set, you will get org.springframework.beans.factory.BeanInitializationException.


Spring @Autowired usage

Recommended usage of Spring's @Required annotation

Edit: As pointed by 'kryger': field annotated with @Autowired is effectively also @Required (unless you explicitly set its parameter required to false). eg:

private ObjectType objectType;

For a field that has been annotated @Autowired, if bean with matching data type in not available, org.springframework.beans.factory.BeanCreationException is thrown.