In this post I’m going to explain how to use Postgres in your Spring project, using JdbcTemplate, in a few steps and without doing a lot of code. Spring provides us a lot of utilities, so we are not going to reinvent the wheel each time. Let’s use some of them.

The docker-compose.yml file

We are going to do some test using a Docker container, instead of installing a Postgres directly in our machine. Here is an example of docker-compose.yml:

version: "3.1"

    image: postgres:10
      POSTGRES_PASSWORD: example
      - ./docker/postgres/data:/var/lib/postgresql/data
      - 5432:5432

Note: don’t use silly and unencrypted password in production code :D

The dependencies

We are going to need Spring Jdbc, Postgres drivers and Hikari Connection Pool. Add following dependencies in your build.gradle file:


// Database.
compile group: 'org.springframework', name: 'spring-jdbc', version: '4.3.10.RELEASE'
compile group: 'org.postgresql', name: 'postgresql', version: '42.1.4'
compile group: 'com.zaxxer', name: 'HikariCP', version: '2.6.3'

The config

Here is the application.yml:

    name: yourappname
    url: jdbc:postgresql://localhost:5432/name_of_your_database?stringtype=unspecified
    username: postgres
    password: example

Note: same as before, do not use silly and unencrypted passwords in prod :D

The code

Add JdbcTemplate, autowiring it, within the configuration, here is an example:

import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Bean;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;
import org.springframework.jdbc.core.JdbcTemplate;

public class RepositoryConfiguration {

    public UserRepository userRepository(JdbcTemplate jdbcTemplate) {
        return new PostgresUserRepository(jdbcTemplate);

Now run your app ./gradlew bootRun and …should work!