Autowire Spring Bean Constructor Injection Examples

This example will show you how to use constructor injection to autowire spring bean as another bean’s constructor parameters.

Not Autowired Spring Bean Constructor Injection

This example has three spring bean defined. They are companyBeanApple, companyBeanIBM and employeeBean. employeeBean ‘s constructor has five parameters and the parameters has be specified manually. The first three parameter are all java.lang.String type and the last two constructor parameter refer to companyBeanApple and companyBeanIBM. Below is the detail xml configuration.

 <bean id="companyBeanApple" class="com.dev2qa.example.spring.bean.autowire.byconstructor.CompanyBean"> 
      <property name="companyName" value="Apple Inc"></property> 
      <property name="companyAddress" value="Palo alto"></property> 
      <property name="companyProducts" value="iPhone, iPad, iMac"></property> 

<bean id="companyBeanIBM" class="com.dev2qa.example.spring.bean.autowire.byconstructor.CompanyBean"> 
      <property name="companyName" value="IBM Inc"></property> 
      <property name="companyAddress" value="New York"></property> 
      <property name="companyProducts" value="PC, Notebook"></property> 

<bean id="employeeBean" class="com.dev2qa.example.spring.bean.autowire.byconstructor.EmployeeBean"> 
      <constructor-arg type="java.lang.String" value="Jerry" index="0"> </constructor-arg> 
      <constructor-arg type="java.lang.String" value="199999" index="1"> </constructor-arg> 
      <constructor-arg type="java.lang.String" value="Java, Spring, JDBC" index="2"> </constructor-arg> 
      <constructor-arg type="com.dev2qa.example.spring.bean.autowire.byconstructor.CompanyBean" ref="companyBeanIBM" index="3"> </constructor-arg> 
      <constructor-arg type="com.dev2qa.example.spring.bean.autowire.byconstructor.CompanyBean" ref="companyBeanApple" index="4"> </constructor-arg> 

Please Note : For <constructor-arg xml element, index value start from 0 and do not set it’s index attribute and name attribute simultaneously, otherwise a org.springframework.beans.factory.UnsatisfiedDependencyException will be thrown and the error message maybe like “Unsatisfied dependency expressed through constructor argument with index 0 of type [java.lang.String]: Ambiguous constructor argument types – did you specify the correct bean references as constructor arguments?” like below. 

spring bean constructor injection UnsatisfiedDependencyException

// Store one company info.
public class CompanyBean {
	private String companyName;
	private String companyAddress;
	private String companyProducts;

	public String getCompanyName() {
		return companyName;

	public void setCompanyName(String companyName) {
		this.companyName = companyName;

	public String getCompanyAddress() {
		return companyAddress;

	public void setCompanyAddress(String companyAddress) {
		this.companyAddress = companyAddress;

	public String getCompanyProducts() {
		return companyProducts;

	public void setCompanyProducts(String companyProducts) {
		this.companyProducts = companyProducts;

public class EmployeeBean {
	private String employeeName;
	private String employeeSalary;
	private String employeeSkill;
	private CompanyBean employeeCompanyOld;
	private CompanyBean employeeCompanyNew;

	public String getEmployeeName() {
		return employeeName;

	public void setEmployeeName(String employeeName) {
		this.employeeName = employeeName;

	public String getEmployeeSalary() {
		return employeeSalary;

	public void setEmployeeSalary(String employeeSalary) {
		this.employeeSalary = employeeSalary;

	public String getEmployeeSkill() {
		return employeeSkill;

	public void setEmployeeSkill(String employeeSkill) {
		this.employeeSkill = employeeSkill;

	public CompanyBean getEmployeeCompanyOld() {
		return employeeCompanyOld;

	public void setEmployeeCompanyOld(CompanyBean employeeCompanyOld) {
		this.employeeCompanyOld = employeeCompanyOld;

	public CompanyBean getEmployeeCompanyNew() {
		return employeeCompanyNew;

	public void setEmployeeCompanyNew(CompanyBean employeeCompanyNew) {
		this.employeeCompanyNew = employeeCompanyNew;

	// EmployeeBean constructor with arguments.
	public EmployeeBean(String employeeName, String employeeSalary, String employeeSkill, CompanyBean employeeCompanyOld, CompanyBean employeeCompanyNew) {
		this.employeeName = employeeName;
		this.employeeSalary = employeeSalary;
		this.employeeSkill = employeeSkill;
		this.employeeCompanyOld = employeeCompanyOld;
		this.employeeCompanyNew = employeeCompanyNew;

	public static void main(String[] args) {

	   	// Initiate Spring application context, this line code will invoke bean initialize method.
		ApplicationContext springAppContext = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext("BeanSettings.xml");

		// Get EmployeeBean by id. 
		EmployeeBean employeeBean = (EmployeeBean) springAppContext.getBean("employeeBean");
        System.out.println("Employee name : " + employeeBean.getEmployeeName());
        System.out.println("Employee salary : " + employeeBean.getEmployeeSalary());
        System.out.println("Employee skill : " + employeeBean.getEmployeeSkill());
        System.out.println("Old company name : " + employeeBean.getEmployeeCompanyOld().getCompanyName());
        System.out.println("Old company address : " + employeeBean.getEmployeeCompanyOld().getCompanyAddress());
        System.out.println("Old company products : " + employeeBean.getEmployeeCompanyOld().getCompanyProducts());
        System.out.println("New company name : " + employeeBean.getEmployeeCompanyNew().getCompanyName());
        System.out.println("New company address : " + employeeBean.getEmployeeCompanyNew().getCompanyAddress());
        System.out.println("New company products : " + employeeBean.getEmployeeCompanyNew().getCompanyProducts());


Output Of Above Example

Employee name : Jerry
Employee salary : 199999
Employee skill : Java, Spring, JDBC
Old company name : IBM Inc
Old company address : New York
Old company products : PC, Notebook
New company name : Apple Inc
New company address : Palo alto
New company products : iPhone, iPad, iMac

Make Above Spring Bean Autowired

To make reference type constructor parameter autowired, you just need to add autowire="constructor" in employeeBean definition like below.

 <bean id="employeeBean" class="com.dev2qa.example.spring.bean.autowire.byconstructor.EmployeeBean" 
       <constructor-arg type="java.lang.String" value="Jerry" index="0"> </constructor-arg> 
       <constructor-arg type="java.lang.String" value="199999" index="1"> </constructor-arg> 
       <constructor-arg type="java.lang.String" value="Java, Spring, JDBC" index="2"> </constructor-arg> 

Run above example again, you will get
org.springframework.beans.factory.NoUniqueBeanDefinitionException, the error message is “No qualifying bean of type [com.dev2qa.example.spring.bean.autowire.byconstructor.CompanyBean] is defined: expected single matching bean but found 2: companyBeanApple, companyBeanIBM”.

spring bean constructor injection NoUniqueBeanDefinitionException

So we can see spring bean constructor parameter auto injection will inject bean by type. To fix this issue, you should use unique class type constructor parameter or use a java.util.List parameter to group same class type parameter.

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