This tutorial will walk you through the steps of mapping a JPA/Hibernate Many to Many bidirectional entity relationships example with Spring Boot, Spring Data JPA, Lombok, MySQL and Docker
What you will need
- JDK 8+ or OpenJDK 8+
- Maven 3+
- MySQL Server 5+ or Docker CE 18+
Many-to-many relationship refers to the relationship between two entities/tables A and B in which one element/row of A may be linked with many elements of B, and vice versa, one member of B may be linked to many elements of A.
In this example, the
publisher tables have a many-to-many relationship. One book may be published by many publishers and one publisher may publish many books.
book_publisher is a join table of
book_publisher.book_id is a foreign key references to
book_publisher.publisher_id is a foreign key references to
publisher_id is also a composite primary key of
Try this example if the join table has extra columns beside two foreign keys JPA/Hibernate Many To Many Extra Columns Example of Bidirectional Relationship Mapping
Define JPA Entities
JPA Entity is defined with
@Entity annotation, represent a table in your database.
@Id declares the entity identifier.
@Column maps the entity's field with the table's column. If
@Column is omitted, the field name of the entity will be used as column name by default.
@ManyToMany defines a many-to-many relationship between 2 entities.
mappedBy indicates the entity is the inverse of the relationship.
@JoinTable defines the join table of 2 associated entities. If the
JoinTable annotation is missing, the default values of the annotation elements apply. The name of the join table is assumed to be the table names of the associated primary tables concatenated together (owning side first) using an underscore.
Spring Data JPA Repository
Spring Data JPA contains some built-in
Repository abstracting common functions based on
EntityManager to work with database such as
deleteById. All we need for this example is
hk-mysql refers to Docker Compose service defined in the below
spring.jpa.hibernate.ddl-auto=create allows JPA/Hibernate auto create database and table schema for you.
On production environment, you may like to disable the DDL Auto feature by using spring.jpa.hibernate.ddl-auto=validate or spring.jpa.hibernate.ddl-auto=none (default). Check out this example as one of the approaches Database Migration/Evolution Example with Flyway and JPA/Hibernate
Creating data with JPA/Hibernate
CascadeType.ALL, associated entity
Publisher will be saved at the same time with
Book without the need of calling its save function explicitly.
Run with Docker
Prepare Dockerfile for Java/Spring Boot application and docker-compose.yml for MySQL Server
Type the below command at the project root directory, make sure your local Docker is running
Access to MySQL Server docker container by issuing below bash command and key in
docker exec -it hk-mysql mysql -p
Query the schema and data created by JPA/Hibernate based on your mapping
Run with JDK/OpenJDK, Maven and MySQL Server local
localhost and type the below command at the project root directory
mvn clean spring-boot:run