CRUD Rest API With Spring Web-Flux Reactive Programming with Spring 5

CRUD Rest API With Spring Web-Flux Reactive Programming with Spring 5:-

Spring has released Reactive Web Framework and it is one of the hot topics in Spring world.Our controllers now run on Spring Reactive Engine. Spring Framework 5 embraces Reactive Streams and Reactor for its own reactive use as well as in many of its core API’s. Lets talk a bit about Reactive Programming and write CRUD Rest API With Spring Web-Flux Reactive Programming with Spring 5.

Spring Framework 5 includes a new spring-web-flux module. The module contains support for reactive HTTP and Web Socket clients as well as for reactive server web applications including REST, HTML browser, and Web Socket style interactions.Spring Web-flux supports two different programming models:-

  • Annotation-based with @Controller and the other annotations supported also with Spring MVC
  • Functional, Java 8 lambda style routing and handling

Below is the image that demonstrates the server side aspect of both the programming model.

Spring Reactive Programming

So Now, let’s go ahead and implement a CRUD Rest Service which would do all operations related to User Object and understand Spring reactive module a bit further.

Technologies used:-

  • Spring 5.
  • Spring Boot 2.
  • Eclipse 4.4.
  • JDK 1.8.

Project Dependencies:-

  • Spring Boot 2.0.
  • Spring Webflux.
  • Spring Reactive Data MongoDb.

Create Project :-

  • Navigate to
  • Enter Project Name and package name.
  • Select Reactive Web and Reactive MongoDb as Project Dependencies.
  • Click on generate .
  • Import Project in your favorite IDE and create following package structure as below.

Reactive Programming Spring boot MongoDB

Configure Your Application:-

We need to annotate our spring class with @EnableReactiveMongoRepositories .Any annotation in reactive spring based modules will start with Enable..followed by Reactive .We finally activate Spring Data Reactive MongoDB JPA repositories using the @EnableReactiveMongoRepositories annotation which essentially carries the same attributes as the XML namespace does. If no base package is configured it will use the one the configuration class resides in.

Lets Configure mongodb , we are going to use cloud based MLAB .Please visit this link to understand setup MLAB .We are going to use mongo url in

We are just going to use this as a property  we can also  mention db specific properties separately .Please visit this link Spring Boot MongoDB+MLAB to check that and understand.

Database Access Using Reactive MongoDB:-

We are going to first create a user entity model and that is going to persist in our MongoDB using Spring reactive based rest api call.

The Users class is annotated with @Document, indicating that it is a JPA entity. It is assumed that this entity will be mapped to a collection named Users.The User’s id property is annotated with @Id so that JPA will recognize it as the object’s ID.Lets create a repository which extends some core Spring data interface to helps us not to write query and do the stuff for you.

We write our repository to access database using Spring data provided marker interface Repository.We are going to use  @ReactiveMongoRepository which extends @ReactiveCrudRepository.These interfaces provides us with some basic operations needed such as save(), update(),findAll(),findById() etc.
we can also write templating methods which will internally generate query based on method signature.In above code we are writing a method findByName() which will write a query to select the collection based on name.

Understanding Flux and Mono in brief:-

We use Flux if we need to return a set of data  stream which can emit 0..N elements:

Flux<String> flux = Flux.just("a", "b", "c");

Mono is a stream of 0..1 elements:
Mono mono = Mono.just("Hii");

As we are returning a single person hence we have used Mono .

Writing Controller :-

Using Router Functions:-

We use router functions to define our rest end points in functional way.We are going to understand the router functions in a separate article in detail.This is a basic simple use case of writing reactive router.


Now, We want to load some data one our  spring boot Application starts .Lets update our .

We can see after returning mono from userRepository we have to subscribe , execution is going to happen only if you subscribe . As you know in my previous article Creating REST Service with Spring Boot   we saw how to test the code using postman .Please follow that to test using Postman.

Integration Testing Rest API:-

Now that we have created a CRUD Rest API With Spring Web-Flux Reactive Programming with Spring 5 .It is time to write some integration test.We are going to use WebTestClient .

It is a Non-blocking, reactive client for testing web servers. It uses the reactive WebClient internally to perform requests and provides a fluent API to verify responses. Run this test class using Junit .

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