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Spring Collection Dependency List Example

Till now, we inject the dependencies from the spring configuration file as simple types like primitives or wrapper classes (Objects) through the <properties> tag. But in Spring we can define the dependencies for three different types.

  • Simple Type
  • Object Type and
  • Collection Type

In the all previous Spring examples, we have inject the dependencies by using the simple (normal properties) and Object (any property as type of object). But in this tutorial we are going to implement spring collection dependency.

Spring Collection Dependency :

In spring we can inject the dependencies as type of collection. But we have some limitations on that. i.e. Spring container can inject collection type, if and only if the collection type is one of the below 4.

  • java.util.List
  • java.util.Set
  • java.util.Map
  • java.util.Properties

We can say that above four are spring collection types. Apart from those four types we can not implement any collection type in spring.

Spring Collection List Example :

If the dependency type is java.util.List, then in spring configuration file we should configure the List type with <list> tag.

If that list contains the normal properties like String or int or float etc.. we can can define the values by using the <value> tag.

If the list contains the Object type, we can assign the bean to that object by using the <ref> tag.

Below is the example for both List contains normal properties and Object types.

Project Structure :

Spring Collection List

Spring Maven Depenency:

    <!-- Spring -->

    <!-- Logging with SLF4J & LogBack -->

Spring Collection Beans :


package com.onlinetutorialspoint.bean;

public class Employee {
    private int empId;
    private String empName;

    public int getEmpId() {
        return empId;

    public void setEmpId(int empId) {
        this.empId = empId;

    public String getEmpName() {
        return empName;

    public void setEmpName(String empName) {
        this.empName = empName;


package com.onlinetutorialspoint.bean;

import java.util.List;

public class Department {
    private int deptId;
    private String deptName;
    private List<Employee> employees;
    private List<String> telephoneNumbers;

    public int getDeptId() {
        return deptId;

    public void setDeptId(int deptId) {
        this.deptId = deptId;

    public String getDeptName() {
        return deptName;

    public void setDeptName(String deptName) {
        this.deptName = deptName;

    public List<Employee> getEmployees() {
        return employees;

    public void setEmployees(List<Employee> employees) {
        this.employees = employees;
    public List<String> getTelephoneNumbers() {
        return telephoneNumbers;

    public void setTelephoneNumbers(List<String> telephoneNumbers) {
        this.telephoneNumbers = telephoneNumbers;


Spring Collection Configuration :


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns=""
    xmlns:xsi="" xmlns:context=""
    <bean id="deptBean" class="com.onlinetutorialspoint.bean.Department">
        <property name="deptId" value="20501" />
        <property name="deptName" value="IT" />
        <property name="telephoneNumbers">
        <property name="employees">
                <ref bean="empBean" />
                <ref bean="empBean2" />
                <ref bean="empBean3" />
    <bean id="empBean" class="com.onlinetutorialspoint.bean.Employee">
        <property name="empId" value="101" />
        <property name="empName" value="Chandra Shekhar" />
    <bean id="empBean2" class="com.onlinetutorialspoint.bean.Employee">
        <property name="empId" value="102" />
        <property name="empName" value="Robert" />
    <bean id="empBean3" class="com.onlinetutorialspoint.bean.Employee">
        <property name="empId" value="103" />
        <property name="empName" value="John" />


Run the Applcation :

import java.util.List;

import org.springframework.context.ApplicationContext;

import com.onlinetutorialspoint.bean.Department;
import com.onlinetutorialspoint.bean.Employee;

public class Main {
    public static void main(String args[]) {
        ApplicationContext context = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext("springconfiguration.xml");
        Department department = (Department) context.getBean("deptBean");
        System.out.println("DeptId : " + department.getDeptId());
        System.out.println("DeptName : " + department.getDeptName());
        List<String> telephoneNumbers = department.getTelephoneNumbers();
        int i = 1;
        for (String number : telephoneNumbers) {
            System.out.println("Telephone " + i + " :" + number);
        System.out.println("Employees Under Department No : "+department.getDeptId());
        List<Employee> employees = department.getEmployees();
        for (Employee employee : employees) {
            System.out.println("Employee Id : " + employee.getEmpId());
            System.out.println("Empoyee Name : " + employee.getEmpName());


Output :

DeptId : 20501

DeptName : IT

Telephone 1 :0409696969

Telephone 2 :0409898989


Employees Under Department No : 20501

Employee Id : 101

Empoyee Name : Chandra Shekhar

Employee Id : 102

Empoyee Name : Robert

Employee Id : 103

Empoyee Name : John


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