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Wiring Map Collections

In this tutorial you will learn about how to wire Map Collection in Spring framework

Wiring map collections

The <map> element is used to store values in key and value pair i.e. values of type java.util.Map. Its sub element <entry> defines a member of the Map.

Lets take an example to demonstrate how map element is used. The Article class contains two types of properties named title and authorsInfo. The property title is of String type and authorsInfo is of Map type.

import java.util.*;

public class Article
private String title;
private Map<String, String> authorsInfo;

public void setTitle(String title) {
this.title = title;
public String getTitle() {
return title;

public void setAuthorsInfo(Map<String, String> authorsInfo) {
this.authorsInfo = authorsInfo;
public Map<String, String> getAuthorsInfo() {
return authorsInfo;

spring-beans.xml: The <map> element is used to provide values to the Map type property of the Article class. Here <entry> element provides those values using key and value attributes.

<beans xmlns=""

<bean id="article" class="Article">
<property name="title" value="RoseIndia"/>
<property name="authorsInfo">
<entry key="1" value="Deepak" />
<entry key="2" value="Arun"/>
<entry key="3" value="Vijay" />
</beans> This class loads the context configuration file spring-beans-list.xml from the class path.

import org.springframework.context.ApplicationContext;
import java.util.*;

public class AppMain
public static void main( String[] args )
ApplicationContext appContext =
new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext(new String[] {"spring-beans.xml"});

Article article = (Article)appContext.getBean("article");

System.out.println("Article Title: "+article.getTitle());

Map<String, String> authorsInfo = article.getAuthorsInfo();
System.out.println("Article Author: ");
for (String key : authorsInfo.keySet()) {
System.out.println(key + " : "+(String)authorsInfo.get(key));

The output of the above program will be as below:

Article Title: RoseIndia
Article Author:
1 : Deepak
2 : Arun
3 : Vijay

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