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Configure/Install Spring Framework in Eclipse IDE


Hi Friends, Welcome to Spring Framework tutorials on websparrow.org. Before starting all the other things, first we need to configure/install Spring framework in your integrated development environment (IDE).

There are numbers of IDE where you can configure the Spring framework to develop your application. Check the list of IDE’s…

  • NetBeans
  • Eclipse
  • MyEclipse
  • IntelliJ IDEA
  • BlueJ
  • Spring Tool Suite

and many other IDE’s available in the market.

Choosing IDE for Spring Framework

To develop Spring based projects/applications, you can use any one IDE listed above but I prefer to use Eclipse IDE because it’s very easy to use, simple layouts, fast processing and it’s an open source (free).

Spring also provide its own IDE named as Spring Tool Suite. It’s totally similar to Eclipse or you can say its replica of Eclipse.

Project Structure of Spring Framework

The project structure of Spring framework is similar to other Java frameworks like Struts, Java web project, etc.

Configure/Install Spring Framework in Eclipse IDE

Creating Project in Eclipse IDE

To work with Spring framework, you need to create a Dynamic Web Project in your IDE. Check the simple process to create a web project.

Eclipse » File » New » Dynamic Web Project » Finish

Adding JAR’s in Project

You can’t use Spring classes/api until you haven’t added the required jar files of Spring frameworks. You can resolve the dependency problem in two ways.

  1. Download the JAR file then add it into the lib folder inside the WEB-INF. You can download the JAR’s directly from this location. Download Spring Framework- 4.3.9.RELEASE
  2. Convert your Dynamic Web Project into Maven project the add the below dependencies in pom.xml

Note: To convert your Dynamic Web Project in Eclipse IDE to Maven Project, you can take help from this article.

How to convert Dynamic Web Project to Maven Project in Eclipse

pom.xml
<!--spring-core -->
<dependency>
    <groupId>org.springframework</groupId>
    <artifactId>spring-core</artifactId>
    <version>4.3.5.RELEASE</version>
</dependency>

<!--spring-webmvc -->
<dependency>
    <groupId>org.springframework</groupId>
    <artifactId>spring-webmvc</artifactId>
    <version>4.3.9.RELEASE</version>
</dependency>

Project Structure in Eclipse IDE

To clear your doubts related to project structure, I have created a sample project in Eclipse IDE to demonstrate you that how the actual project structure look like in Eclipse. This sample project is Dynamic Web Project later converted into Maven Project.

Configure/Install Spring Framework in Eclipse IDE

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