Spring Boot : Spring Data JPA Pagination



The purpose of this article is to demonstrate the Pagination and its related features with Spring Boot and Spring Data JPA. Therefore in order to keep this article simple and well focused, i will discuss only the pagination related topics with Spring Data JPA. Here i have assumed that you have a prior (basic) knowledge of Spring Boot and Spring Data JPA and you know how to develop a basic application.


The source code and Project Structure 

The source code related to this article can be found at GitHub. Click here to download it.

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Running the application

The following command can be executed to run the application.

mvn spring-boot:run

Now the sample application is up and running.




Lets look at each method in detailed.


Creating dummy data set

You can create the dummy set of data required to run this application by making following REST api endpoint invocation.

POST    http://localhost:8080/users

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createUsers :- As described above, this endpoint is used to create set of dummy data required to run this demonstration application.

Now your users table of the targeted database is populated with some dummy data entries.  Lets look at the paginated REST api endpoints implementation in detailed.


Pagination: – User specified page and page size  

In here the the related page that need to be fetched and page size (number of items need to be fetched) can be specified runtime (when the REST endpoint is invoked)


GET  http://localhost:8080/users?page=0&size=5

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The page number should start from zero and it may increase based on the number of records available and page size.

Here you can see that the page is 0 (first page)  and size (number of items per page)  is 5. You can invoke the above REST api endpoints by changing page and size parameters.

Lets look at the code of the method responsible for handling above REST Api invocation.

public UserResponse getUsers(Pageable pageable) 
   Page page = userService.findUsers(pageable);
   return new UserResponse(page);


Notice that we haven’t passed RequestParams to our handler method . When the endpoint /users?page=0&size=5 is hit, Spring would automatically resolve the page and size parameters and create a Pageable instance with those values . We would then pass this Pageable instance to the Service layer ,which would pass it to our Repository layer .



Pagination: – Application specified page and page size  

In here the, page and page size is set by the application itself. The user does not have to provide any parameter and it is delated in the application with some pre-defined classes.


GET  http://localhost:8080/users2

Here is the method responsible for handling above REST api invocation. (Note: “users2“)

public UserResponse getUsers2()
 int pageNumber = 3;
 int pageSize = 2;

 Page page = userService.findUsers(PageRequest.of(pageNumber, pageSize));
 return new UserResponse(page);


Here you can see that the page is 3  and size (number of items per page)  is 2.  After invoking above endpoint, you will get the following result.

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UserRepository is not directly extended from PagingAndSortingRepository

If you look a the the source code of the UserRepository class, you will notice that it is not directly inherited from the PagingAndSortingRepository. You might be wondering how this pagination works without extending the PagingAndSortingRepository.

Let me explain. UserRepository is extended from the JpaRepository.

If you examine the source code of the JpaRepository, you will notice that it is extended from PagingAndSortingRepository. Therefore any repository which is inherited from the JpaRepository will have the related methods and functionalities related to pagination.


Pagination related details (more)

If you go through the source code, you can find three classes (application specific) that are developed to encapsulate the pagination related details. They can be listed as follows. (please find some time to go through those classes)

  • PaginationDetails
  • NextPage
  • PreviousPage

Those three classes help to display the paginated related details in well formatted and descriptive manner as follows.

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We have called the method of PagingAndSortingRepository:

Page<T> findAll(Pageable pageable);
It returns a Page. Page contains the information about pagination and actual data being retrieved.
getContent() method of Page can be used to get the data as a List.

In addition, Page has set of  methods (inherited from  Slice)  those can be used to retrieve different pagination related details.


If you have any queries, related to this article, please feel free to drop a comment or contact me.


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