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Spring REST Project to return XML Response


In this post we will develop REST Spring application to return xml response. This Spring MVC project we expose a REST webservice returning employee information in XML format.Spring REST requires no additional jar files.

Lets Begin

We will create Eclipse Maven project as follows-
So our POM will be as follows
<project xmlns="" xmlns:xsi=""
	<name>employee-management-system Maven Webapp</name>

The web.xml is as follows. It has a filter to allow all URLs.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<web-app xmlns="" xmlns:xsi=""

	<!-- Configure the Disptcher Servlet -->
	<!-- Allow URLs with all extensions -->

Next we will write Application Context to configure the beans. Spring MVC automatically loads a application context with the name- <servlet-name>-servlet.xml. So in our case Spring will automatically load the Application Context named as Dispatcher-servlet.xml.
In this configuration file we have written code to scan the packages com.javainuse.controller and "com.javainuse.service.
<beans xmlns=""
	xmlns:xsi="" xmlns:p=""
	xmlns:mvc="" xmlns:context=""

	<!-- Scan these packages for Annotated classes -->
	<context:component-scan base-package="com.javainuse.controller" />
	<context:component-scan base-package="com.javainuse.service" />
	<mvc:annotation-driven />
Next we define the model class employee. We expect the employee info to be returned in XML format. For this to happen add the @XmlRootElement annotation to the Employee class.
package com.javainuse.domain;

import javax.xml.bind.annotation.XmlRootElement;

public class Employee {
	private String empId;
	private String name;
	private String designation;
	private double salary;

	public Employee() {

	public Employee(String empId, String name, String designation, double salary) {
		this.setEmpId(empId); = name;
		this.designation = designation;
		this.salary = salary;

	public String getName() {
		return name;

	public void setName(String name) { = name;

	public String getDesignation() {
		return designation;

	public void setDesignation(String designation) {
		this.designation = designation;

	public double getSalary() {
		return salary;

	public void setSalary(double salary) {
		this.salary = salary;

	public String getEmpId() {
		return empId;

	public void setEmpId(String empId) {
		this.empId = empId;


Also in the Dispatcher-context.xml we have context:component-scan base-package="com.javainuse.service" Spring scans this particular package for a class annotated with @Component. The EmployeeService class will actually fetch all the required Employee information. Usually EmployeeService should call the EmployeeDAO which will return all items from the DataBase.But here we will mock the EmployeeService class to just return the list of items as follows. We are using the Programming to Interface concept here. You can read more about this in this chapter. So we create the and as follows.
package com.javainuse.service;

import java.util.List;

import com.javainuse.domain.Employee;

public interface EmployeeService {
	public List<Employee> getAllEmployees();

package com.javainuse.service;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

import org.springframework.stereotype.Component;

import com.javainuse.domain.Employee;

public class EmployeeServiceMockImpl implements EmployeeService {

	private List<Employee> testEmployees = new ArrayList<Employee>();

	// populate the Employee List
	public EmployeeServiceMockImpl() {
		testEmployees.add(new Employee("1", "emp1", "M1", 10000));
		testEmployees.add(new Employee("2", "emp2", "M2", 20000));
		testEmployees.add(new Employee("3", "emp3", "M3", 30000));
		testEmployees.add(new Employee("4", "emp4", "M4", 40000));
		testEmployees.add(new Employee("5", "emp5", "M5", 50000));
		testEmployees.add(new Employee("6", "emp6", "M6", 60000));

	// Return the Mocked Employee List
	public List<Employee> getAllEmployees() {
		return new ArrayList<Employee>(testEmployees);
Finally we define the where we expose the REST GET service. It will now return the employee with mentioned id.
package com.javainuse.controller;

import java.util.List;

import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Controller;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.PathVariable;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.ResponseBody;

import com.javainuse.domain.Employee;
import com.javainuse.service.EmployeeService;

public class DisplayEmployeeController {

	private EmployeeService employeeService;

	public Employee viewAllItems(@PathVariable String id) {
		List<Employee> allEmployees = employeeService.getAllEmployees();
		return allEmployees.get(Integer.parseInt(id) - 1);
These are the only changes required. We now run the two eclipse commands- clean install, tomcat:run to deploy the application. Hit the browser with the URL http://localhost:8080/employee-management-system/viewEmployee/4


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What Next?

In the next chapter will REST Project to return JSON Response.

See Also

REST Project to return JSON Response
REST Project to return both JSON and XML Response using Spring ContentNegotiationManager