Hibernate Tips: How to map native query results to a POJO

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My query is too complex for JPQL, and I have to use a native query. What is the easiest way to map the result of the query to a POJO?


JPA supports @SqlResultSetMappings which you can use to map the query result to a POJO. The following code snippet shows an example of such a mapping.

@SqlResultSetMapping(name = "BookValueMapping", 
		classes = @ConstructorResult(
				targetClass = BookValue.class, 
				columns = {@ColumnResult(name = "title"),
					   @ColumnResult(name = "date")}

The @ConstructorResult annotation defines a constructor call of the BookValue class. The @ColumnResult annotations define how the columns of the result shall be mapped to the parameters of the constructor. In this example, Hibernate will perform a constructor call with the value of the title column as the first and the value of the date column as the second parameter.

When you provide the name of the @SqlResultSetMapping as the second parameter to the createNativeQuery method, Hibernate will apply the mapping to the query result. You can use it to map the results of all queries that return at least the parameters defined by the @ColumnResult annotations.

BookValue b = (BookValue) em.createNativeQuery("SELECT b.publishingDate as date, b.title, b.id FROM book b WHERE b.id = 1", "BookValueMapping").getSingleResult();

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@SqlResultSetMappings are a powerful feature which allow you to define complex mappings for native query results. You can read more about native queries and @SqlResultSetMappings in my “Native Queries with Hibernate” ebook which you can download from the free Thoughts on Java Library.

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  1. Michael Stewart says:

    Hey Thorben,

    Thanks for all the great stuff you share!!

    I have a question, Is there a way to map a list (many to one relationship) to the DTO as well?

    1. Thorben Janssen says:

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks 🙂

      No, you can’t map lists. You would need to create and populate them yourself.


  2. Thorben, another great post. I really appreciate this series. You show a lot of gems in JPA that normally stay hidden.
    One remark: In today’s post you mention Hibernate a few times, but this functionality is not a Hibernate extension on JPA, it is native to JEE7: http://docs.oracle.com/javaee/7/api/javax/persistence/ConstructorResult.html

    To avoid any confusion maybe it is better to substitute “Hibernate” with “JPA”.

    1. Thorben Janssen says:

      Thanks for your comment Ron.
      You’re right, it’s not a Hibernate-specific feature and it wasn’t my attention to present it in that way. If you have a look at my other posts here on the blog, you see that I, in general, prefer JPA features over proprietary solutions.
      I changed the first sentence of the solution to point out that it’s a JPA features.

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