July 15 2016

Spring AOP AspectJ annotation example

Spring AOP AspectJ annotation example

Spring AspectJ provides annotation support for Spring AOP. AspectJ automatically generates proxy for the bean to intercept method invocations as configured.

How to enable @AspectJ support?

If you are using xml configuration file include <aop:aspectj-autoproxy/>


If you are using configuration class add @EnableAspectJAutoProxy annotation

public class ConfigurationClass{



The combination of advice and pointcut is called as aspect. It is declared with @Aspect annotation.

public class Interceptor {


Join point

Join point is a point during the execution of the method or handling of an exception. Spring supports only the method execution join point

Spring AspectJ supports five types of advices

Before Advice (@Before) – executes before joinpoint execution

After Advice (@After) – executes after joinpoint execution (normal and abnormal termination)

After Returning Advice (@AfterReturning) – executes after joinpoint execution (normal termination)

After Throwing Advice (@AfterThrowing) – executes after joinpoint execution (abnormal termination/exception)

Around Advice(@Around) – Can surround the joinpoint with all the above advices

Spring AOP AspectJ annotation example

In the below example, ‘Interceptor’ class is configured with @Aspect annotation and added in configuration file. Spring AspectJ automatically generates a proxy for the ‘EmployeeService’ bean and invokes ‘Before Advice’ and ‘After Advice’ for all the methods.

Aspect – Interceptor.java

package com.answersz.aspectJ;

import org.aspectj.lang.JoinPoint;
import org.aspectj.lang.annotation.After;
import org.aspectj.lang.annotation.Aspect;
import org.aspectj.lang.annotation.Before;

public class Interceptor {

@Before("execution(* *(..)).")
 public void before(JoinPoint joinPoint) {
 System.out.println("** Before Method **");


@After("execution(* *(..)).")
 public void after(JoinPoint joinPoint) {
 System.out.println("** After **");


Target Bean – EmployeeService.java

package com.answersz.aspectJ;

public class EmployeeService {

public void save() {
 System.out.println(" Save ");

public void update() {
 System.out.println(" Update ");


Configuration xml – aspectjConfiguration.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
 http://www.springframework.org/schema/aop/spring-aop-3.0.xsd "

 <aop:aspectj-autoproxy />

 <bean id="employeeService" class="com.answersz.aspectJ.EmployeeService" />

 <!-- Aspect -->
 <bean id="interceptor" class="com.answersz.aspectJ.Interceptor" />


Test Class – PointCutTest.java

package com.answersz.aspectJ;

import org.springframework.context.ApplicationContext;
import org.springframework.context.support.ClassPathXmlApplicationContext;

public class SpringAOPAspectJTes {

public static void main(String[] args) {

// Spring AOP AspectJ annotation example

ApplicationContext context = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext(new String[] { "aspectjConfiguration.xml" });
 EmployeeService employeeService = (EmployeeService) context.getBean("employeeService");




** Before Method **
** After **
** Before Method **
** After **

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Posted July 15, 2016 by answersz in category Spring

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