RowMapper Example

We can use RowMapper interface to fetch the records from the database using query() method of JdbcTemplate class. In the execute of we need to pass the instance of RowMapper now.

Syntax of query method using RowMapper

public T query(String sql,RowMapper<T> rm)


RowMapper Interface

An interface used by JdbcTemplate for mapping rows of a ResultSet on a per-row basis. Implementations of this interface perform the actual work of mapping each row to a result object, but don't need to worry about exception handling. SQLExceptions will be caught and handled by the calling JdbcTemplate.

Advantage of RowMapper over ResultSetExtractor

RowMapper saves a lot of code becuase it internally adds the data of ResultSet into the collection.

Method of RowMapper interface

It defines only one method mapRow that accepts ResultSet instance and int as the parameter list. Syntax of the method is given below:

public T mapRow(ResultSet rs, int rowNumber)throws SQLException

Example of RowMapper Interface to show all the records of the table

We are assuming that you have created the following table inside the Oracle10g database.

create table employee(
id number(10),
name varchar2(100),
salary number(10)

This class contains 3 properties with constructors and setter and getters and one extra method toString().

package com.javatportal;

public class Employee {
private int id;
private String name;
private float salary;
//no-arg and parameterized constructors
//getters and setters
public String toString(){
	return id+" "+name+" "+salary;

It contains on property jdbcTemplate and one method getAllEmployeesRowMapper.

package com.javatportal;
import java.sql.ResultSet;
import java.sql.SQLException;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;
import org.springframework.dao.DataAccessException;
import org.springframework.jdbc.core.JdbcTemplate;
import org.springframework.jdbc.core.ResultSetExtractor;
import org.springframework.jdbc.core.RowMapper;

public class EmployeeDao {
private JdbcTemplate template;

public void setTemplate(JdbcTemplate template) {
	this.template = template;

public List<Employee> getAllEmployeesRowMapper(){
 return template.query("select * from employee",new RowMapper<Employee>(){
	public Employee mapRow(ResultSet rs, int rownumber) throws SQLException {
		Employee e=new Employee();
		return e;

The DriverManagerDataSource is used to contain the information about the database such as driver class name, connnection URL, username and password.

There are a property named datasource in the JdbcTemplate class of DriverManagerDataSource type. So, we need to provide the reference of DriverManagerDataSource object in the JdbcTemplate class for the datasource property.

Here, we are using the JdbcTemplate object in the EmployeeDao class, so we are passing it by the setter method but you can use constructor also.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<bean id="ds" class="org.springframework.jdbc.datasource.DriverManagerDataSource">
<property name="driverClassName" value="oracle.jdbc.driver.OracleDriver" />
<property name="url" value="jdbc:oracle:thin:@localhost:1521:xe" />
<property name="username" value="system" />
<property name="password" value="oracle" />

<bean id="jdbcTemplate" class="org.springframework.jdbc.core.JdbcTemplate">
<property name="dataSource" ref="ds"></property>

<bean id="edao" class="com.javatportal.EmployeeDao">
<property name="jdbcTemplate" ref="jdbcTemplate"></property>


This class gets the bean from the applicationContext.xml file and calls the getAllEmployeesRowMapper() method of EmployeeDao class.

package com.javatportal;

import java.util.List;

import org.springframework.context.ApplicationContext;
public class Test {
public static void main(String[] args) {
	ApplicationContext ctx=new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext("applicationContext.xml");
	EmployeeDao dao=(EmployeeDao)ctx.getBean("edao");
	for(Employee e:list)