Create a Custom Auto-Configuration with Spring Boot

1. Overview

Simply put, the Spring Boot autoconfiguration represents a way to automatically configure a Spring application based on the dependencies that are present on the classpath.

This can make development faster and easier by eliminating the need for defining certain beans that are included in the auto-configuration classes.

In the following section, we’re going to take a look at creating our custom Spring Boot auto-configuration.

2. Maven Dependencies

Let’s start with the dependencies that we need:


The latest versions of spring-boot-starter-data-jpa and mysql-connector-java can be downloaded from Maven Central.

3. Creating a Custom Auto-Configuration

To create a custom auto-configuration, we need to create a class annotated as @Configuration and register it.

Let’s create a custom configuration for a MySQL data source:

public class MySQLAutoconfiguration {

The next mandatory step is registering the class as an auto-configuration candidate, by adding the name of the class under the key org.springframework.boot.autoconfigure.EnableAutoConfiguration in the standard file resources/META-INF/spring.factories:


If we want our auto-configuration class to have priority over other auto-configuration candidates, we can add the @AutoConfigureOrder(Ordered.HIGHEST_PRECEDENCE) annotation.

Auto-configuration is designed using classes and beans marked with @Conditional annotations so that the auto-configuration or specific parts of it can be replaced.

Note that the auto-configuration is only in effect if the auto-configured beans are not defined in the application. If you define your bean, then the default one will be overridden.

3.1. Class Conditions

Class conditions allow us to specify that a configuration bean will be included if a specified class is present using the @ConditionalOnClass annotation, or if a class is absent using the @ConditionalOnMissingClass annotation.

Let’s specify that our MySQLConfiguration will only be loaded if the class DataSource is present, in which case we can assume the application will use a database:

public class MySQLAutoconfiguration {

3.2. Bean Conditions

If we want to include a bean only if a specified bean is present or not, we can use the @ConditionalOnBean and @ConditionalOnMissingBean annotations.

To exemplify this, let’s add an entityManagerFactory bean to our configuration class, and specify we only want this bean to be created if a bean called dataSource is present and if a bean called entityManagerFactory is not already defined:

@ConditionalOnBean(name = "dataSource")
public LocalContainerEntityManagerFactoryBean entityManagerFactory() {
    LocalContainerEntityManagerFactoryBean em
      = new LocalContainerEntityManagerFactoryBean();
    em.setJpaVendorAdapter(new HibernateJpaVendorAdapter());
    if (additionalProperties() != null) {
    return em;

Let’s also configure a transactionManager bean that will only be loaded if a bean of type JpaTransactionManager is not already defined:

@ConditionalOnMissingBean(type = "JpaTransactionManager")
JpaTransactionManager transactionManager(EntityManagerFactory entityManagerFactory) {
    JpaTransactionManager transactionManager = new JpaTransactionManager();
    return transactionManager;

3.3. Property Conditions

The @ConditionalOnProperty annotation is used to specify if a configuration will be loaded based on the presence and value of a Spring Environment property.

First, let’s add a property source file for our configuration that will determine where the properties will be read from:

public class MySQLAutoconfiguration {

We can configure the main DataSource bean that will be used to create connections to the database in such a way that it will only be loaded if a property called usemysql is present.

We can use the attribute havingValue to specify certain values of the usemysql property that have to be matched.

Let’s define the dataSource bean with default values that connect to a local database called myDb if the usemysql property is set to local:

  name = "usemysql", 
  havingValue = "local")
public DataSource dataSource() {
    DriverManagerDataSource dataSource = new DriverManagerDataSource();

    return dataSource;

If the usemysql property is set to custom, the dataSource bean will be configured using custom properties values for the database URL, user, and password:

@Bean(name = "dataSource")
  name = "usemysql", 
  havingValue = "custom")
public DataSource dataSource2() {
    DriverManagerDataSource dataSource = new DriverManagerDataSource();
    dataSource.setUsername(env.getProperty("mysql.user") != null 
      ? env.getProperty("mysql.user") : "");
    dataSource.setPassword(env.getProperty("mysql.pass") != null 
      ? env.getProperty("mysql.pass") : "");
    return dataSource;

The file will contain the usemysql property:


If an application that uses the MySQLAutoconfiguration wishes to override the default properties, all it needs to do is add different values for the mysql.urlmysql.user and mysql.pass properties and the usemysql=custom line in the file.

3.4. Resource Conditions

Adding the @ConditionalOnResource annotation means that the configuration will only be loaded when a specified resource is present.

Let’s define a method called additionalProperties() that will return a Properties object containing Hibernate-specific properties to be used by the entityManagerFactory bean, only if the resource file is present:

  resources = "")
Properties additionalProperties() {
    Properties hibernateProperties = new Properties();

      env.getProperty("mysql-hibernate.show_sql") != null 
      ? env.getProperty("mysql-hibernate.show_sql") : "false");
    return hibernateProperties;

We can add the Hibernate specific properties to the file:


3.5. Custom Conditions

If we don’t want to use any of the conditions available in Spring Boot, we can also define custom conditions by extending the SpringBootCondition class and overriding the getMatchOutcome() method.

Let’s create a condition called HibernateCondition for our additionalProperties() method that will verify whether a HibernateEntityManager class is present on the classpath:

static class HibernateCondition extends SpringBootCondition {

    private static String[] CLASS_NAMES
      = { "org.hibernate.ejb.HibernateEntityManager", 
          "org.hibernate.jpa.HibernateEntityManager" };

    public ConditionOutcome getMatchOutcome(ConditionContext context, 
      AnnotatedTypeMetadata metadata) {
        ConditionMessage.Builder message
          = ConditionMessage.forCondition("Hibernate");
          .filter(className -> ClassUtils.isPresent(className, context.getClassLoader()))
          .map(className -> ConditionOutcome
            .items(Style.NORMAL, className)))
          .orElseGet(() -> ConditionOutcome
            .noMatch(message.didNotFind("class", "classes")
            .items(Style.NORMAL, Arrays.asList(CLASS_NAMES))));

Then we can add the condition to the additionalProperties() method:

Properties additionalProperties() {

3.6. Application Conditions

We can also specify that the configuration can be loaded only inside/outside a web context, by adding the @ConditionalOnWebApplication or @ConditionalOnNotWebApplication annotation.

4. Testing the Auto-Configuration

Let’s create a very simple example to test our auto-configuration. We will create an entity class called MyUser, and a MyUserRepository interface using Spring Data:

public class MyUser {
    private String email;

    // standard constructor, getters, setters
public interface MyUserRepository 
  extends JpaRepository<MyUser, String> { }

To enable auto-configuration, we can use one of the @SpringBootApplication or @EnableAutoConfiguration annotations:

public class AutoconfigurationApplication {
    public static void main(String[] args) {, args);

Next, let’s write a JUnit test that saves a MyUser entity:

  classes = AutoconfigurationApplication.class)
  basePackages = { "com.maixuanviet.autoconfiguration.example" })
public class AutoconfigurationTest {

    private MyUserRepository userRepository;

    public void whenSaveUser_thenOk() {
        MyUser user = new MyUser("");;

Since we have not defined our DataSource configuration, the application will use the auto-configuration we have created to connect to a MySQL database called myDb.

The connection string contains the createDatabaseIfNotExist=true property, so the database does not need to exist. However, the user mysqluser or the one specified through the mysql.user property if it is present, needs to be created.

We can check the application log to see that the MySQL data source is being used:

web - 2017-04-12 00:01:33,956 [main] INFO  o.s.j.d.DriverManagerDataSource - Loaded JDBC driver: com.mysql.cj.jdbc.Driver

5. Disabling Auto-Configuration Classes

If we wanted to exclude the auto-configuration from being loaded, we could add the @EnableAutoConfiguration annotation with exclude or excludeName attribute to a configuration class:

public class AutoconfigurationApplication {

Another option to disable specific auto-configurations is by setting the spring.autoconfigure.exclude property:


6. Conclusions

In this tutorial, we’ve shown how to create a custom Spring Boot auto-configuration. The full source code of the example can be found over on GitHub.

The JUnit test can be run using the autoconfiguration profile: mvn clean install -Pautoconfiguration.