Spring Boot SOAP Webservice Example

Learn to leverage Spring boot’s simplicity to create SOAP webservice quickly. REST and microservices are gaining popularity everyday but still SOAP has its own place in some situations. In this spring boot soap tutorial, we will focus only in the Spring boot related configurations to see how easily we can create our contract first SOAP webservice.

We will build a simple contract first SOAP web service where we will implement Student search functionality with hard coded backend for demo purpose.

Table of Contents

1. Technology Stack
2. Project Structure
3. Create Spring Boot Project
4. Create SOAP Domain and Generate Java Code
5. Create SOAP WS Endpoint
6. Add Configuration Beans
7. Demo
8. Summary

1. Technology Stack

  • JDK 1.8, Eclipse, Maven – Development environment
  • Spring-boot – Underlying application framework
  • wsdl4j – for publishing WSDL for our Service
  • SOAP-UI – for testing our service
  • JAXB maven plugin – for code generation

2. Project Structure

The classes and files created for this demo are shown below.

Spring Boot SOAP WS Project Structure
Spring Boot SOAP WS Project Structure

3. Create Spring Boot Project

Create one spring boot project from SPRING INITIALIZR site with Web Services dependency only. After selecting the dependency and giving the proper maven GAV coordinates, download project in zipped format. Unzip and then import project in eclipse as maven project.

Generate Spring boot project

Add Wsdl4j Dependency

Edit pom.xml and add this dependency to your project.


4. Create SOAP Domain model and Generate Java Code

As we are following the contract first approach to develop the service, we need to first create the domain (methods and parameters) for our service. For simplicity, we have kept both request and response in same XSD, but in actual enterprise use case, we will have multiple XSDs importing each other to form the final definition.


<xs:schema xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:tns="http://www.howtodoinjava.com/xml/school" 
targetNamespace="http://www.howtodoinjava.com/xml/school" elementFormDefault="qualified">

    <xs:element name="StudentDetailsRequest">
                <xs:element name="name" type="xs:string"/>

    <xs:element name="StudentDetailsResponse">
                <xs:element name="Student" type="tns:Student"/>

    <xs:complexType name="Student">
            <xs:element name="name" type="xs:string"/>
            <xs:element name="standard" type="xs:int"/>
            <xs:element name="address" type="xs:string"/>

Place above file in resources folder of the project.

Add JAXB maven plugin for XSD to Java object generation

We will use jaxb2-maven-plugin to generate the domain classes efficiently. We need to now add the below maven plug in to the plugin section of project’s pom.xml file.


The plugin uses XJC tool as code generation engine. XJC compiles an XML schema file into fully annotated Java classes.

Now execute above maven plugin to generate java code from XSD.

5. Create SOAP Webservice Endpoint

StudentEndpoint class will handle all the incoming requests for the service and will delegate the call to the finder method of the data repository.

package com.example.howtodoinjava.springbootsoapservice;

import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.ws.server.endpoint.annotation.Endpoint;
import org.springframework.ws.server.endpoint.annotation.PayloadRoot;
import org.springframework.ws.server.endpoint.annotation.RequestPayload;
import org.springframework.ws.server.endpoint.annotation.ResponsePayload;
import com.howtodoinjava.xml.school.StudentDetailsRequest;
import com.howtodoinjava.xml.school.StudentDetailsResponse;

public class StudentEndpoint 
	private static final String NAMESPACE_URI = "http://www.howtodoinjava.com/xml/school";

	private StudentRepository StudentRepository;

	public StudentEndpoint(StudentRepository StudentRepository) {
		this.StudentRepository = StudentRepository;

	@PayloadRoot(namespace = NAMESPACE_URI, localPart = "StudentDetailsRequest")
	public StudentDetailsResponse getStudent(@RequestPayload StudentDetailsRequest request) {
		StudentDetailsResponse response = new StudentDetailsResponse();

		return response;

Here few details about the annotations –

  1. @Endpoint registers the class with Spring WS as a potential candidate for processing incoming SOAP messages.
  2. @PayloadRoot is then used by Spring WS to pick the handler method based on the message’s namespace and localPart. Please note the Namespace URL and Request Payload root request mentioned in this annotation.
  3. @RequestPayload indicates that the incoming message will be mapped to the method’s request parameter.
  4. The @ResponsePayload annotation makes Spring WS map the returned value to the response payload.

Create Data Repository

As mentioned, we will use the hardcoded data as backend for this demo, let’s add one class called StudentRepository.java with Spring @Repository annotation. It will simply hold data in HashMap and will also give one finder method called findStudent().

Read More – @Repository Annotations

package com.example.howtodoinjava.springbootsoapservice;

import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;
import javax.annotation.PostConstruct;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Component;
import org.springframework.util.Assert;
import com.howtodoinjava.xml.school.Student;

public class StudentRepository {
	private static final Map<String, Student> students = new HashMap<>();

	public void initData() {
		Student student = new Student();
		students.put(student.getName(), student);
		student = new Student();
		students.put(student.getName(), student);
		student = new Student();
		students.put(student.getName(), student);
		student = new Student();
		students.put(student.getName(), student);

	public Student findStudent(String name) {
		Assert.notNull(name, "The Student's name must not be null");
		return students.get(name);

6. Add SOAP Webservice Configuration Beans

Create a class with @Configuration annotation to hold bean definitions.

package com.example.howtodoinjava.springbootsoapservice;

import org.springframework.boot.web.servlet.ServletRegistrationBean;
import org.springframework.context.ApplicationContext;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Bean;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;
import org.springframework.core.io.ClassPathResource;
import org.springframework.ws.config.annotation.EnableWs;
import org.springframework.ws.config.annotation.WsConfigurerAdapter;
import org.springframework.ws.transport.http.MessageDispatcherServlet;
import org.springframework.ws.wsdl.wsdl11.DefaultWsdl11Definition;
import org.springframework.xml.xsd.SimpleXsdSchema;
import org.springframework.xml.xsd.XsdSchema;

public class Config extends WsConfigurerAdapter 
	public ServletRegistrationBean messageDispatcherServlet(ApplicationContext applicationContext) 
		MessageDispatcherServlet servlet = new MessageDispatcherServlet();
		return new ServletRegistrationBean(servlet, "/service/*");

	@Bean(name = "studentDetailsWsdl")
	public DefaultWsdl11Definition defaultWsdl11Definition(XsdSchema countriesSchema) 
		DefaultWsdl11Definition wsdl11Definition = new DefaultWsdl11Definition();
		return wsdl11Definition;

	public XsdSchema countriesSchema() 
		return new SimpleXsdSchema(new ClassPathResource("school.xsd"));
  • Config class extends WsConfigurerAdapter which configures annotation driven Spring-WS programming model.
  • MessageDispatcherServlet – Spring-WS uses it for handling SOAP requests. We need to inject ApplicationContext to this servlet so that Spring-WS find other beans. It also declares the URL mapping for the requests.
  • DefaultWsdl11Definition exposes a standard WSDL 1.1 using XsdSchema. The bean name studentDetailsWsdl will be the wsdl name that will be exposed. It will be available under http://localhost:8080/service/studentDetailsWsdl.wsdl. This is the simplest approach to expose the contract first wsdl in spring.

    This configuration also uses the WSDL location servlet transformation servlet.setTransformWsdlLocations( true ) internally. If we see the exported WSDL, the soap:address will have the localhost address. Similarly, if we instead visit the WSDL from the public facing IP address assigned to the deployed machine, we will see that address instead of localhost. So the endpoint URL is dynamic based on the deployment environment.

7. Spring boot SOAP webservice demo

Do maven build using mvn clean install and start the application using java -jar target\spring-boot-soap-service-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar command. This will bring up one tomcat server in default port 8080 and application will be deployed in it.

1) Now go to http://localhost:8080/service/studentDetailsWsdl.wsdl to see if the WSDL is coming properly.

WSDL generated
WSDL generated

2) Once we have the successful WSDL generated, we can use that WSDL to create a project in SOAP ui and test the application. Sample Request and response is given below.


<soapenv:Envelope xmlns:soapenv="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/" xmlns:sch="http://www.howtodoinjava.com/xml/school">


<SOAP-ENV:Envelope xmlns:SOAP-ENV="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/">
      <ns2:StudentDetailsResponse xmlns:ns2="http://www.howtodoinjava.com/xml/school">
SOAP UI Example
SOAP UI Example

8. Summary

In above example, we learned to create SOAP webservice using Spring Boot. We also learned to generate java code from WSDL. We learned about beans which are needed to process the SOAP requests.

Feel free to drop a comment if you face any difficulty in running above project.

Happy Learning !!

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Spring boot soap web service client example

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28 thoughts on “Spring Boot SOAP Webservice Example”

  1. Chances are if your using SOAP you will be using WS-Profiles and SAML authentication with some kind of identity provider (typically ADFS or similar).

    Do you know of any example that adds basic WS-Profile and and SAML to this simple schema using a common IdP and demonstrates calling this with SoapUI?

  2. Can i use a different name convention for @RequestPayload? so instead of StudentDetailRequest use something else like StudentDetailRequest.

    Seems like the request is not detected if don’t follow the naming convention… why is that?

    • Sorry, in my previous post the intention was to use StudentDetail instead of StudentDetailRequest:

      @PayloadRoot(namespace = NAMESPACE_URI, localPart = “StudentDetail”)
      public StudentDetailResponse studentDetail(@RequestPayload StudentDetail request) {

      Wsdl is generating empty input, it seems like is not detecting the request payload if i dont follow naming convention


  3. Please correct the information at point #4.
    “As we are following the contract first approach to develop the service, we need to first create the domain (methods and parameters) for our service.”.
    Actually the one you explained here is contract last OR bottom-up approach as we are generating the java code from the xsd’s that we create manually and then generating the wsdl which we can expose to the client.

    Also can you please share some info on how to create a soap web service with spring boot, bootom up approach but with no xsd. Only with java code. to be more clear, here we have written the xsd explicitely and developed the service in point #5 through an Endpoint. Now in my case, I don’t have the xsd, but I have the java files in a jar file. How can I create a soap web service here?

  4. Getting Error. Please help

    <SOAP-ENV:Envelope xmlns:SOAP-ENV="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/">
             <faultstring xml:lang="en">unexpected element (uri:"https://www.howtodoinjava.com/xml/school", local:"StudentDetailsRequest"). Expected elements are &lt;{http://www.howtodoinjava.com/xml/school}StudentDetailsRequest></faultstring>
  5. Is there any way to get header values in the Endpoint? We are working on one project where we have done above part, but one issue is that we need to read header information passing from soap UI. Could anyone help us how to read header values from soap UI to Endpoint @RequestPayload method?

  6. Hi Sajal,
    I tried your above soap example and it was really helpful for me but now i want to fetch list of data from database then what will be process for it. I means we want to connect with database and communicate with database.

    vivek kumar

  7. hii all
    When we generate WSDL file from jar. Now what will be URL to execute the given request in SOAP interface and how to run this project

  8. Hi Sajal,

    I have tried your example and it is really helpful. Next thing I want to achieve is to send an object of Student data to the java app via SOAP message. So the app can save Student data in the database. The other way around of your example. Can you help us to provide an example of that? Thanks in advance.

  9. Hi,

    I am following this tutorial from beginning.

    can anyone explain what is the need of this SOAP Web service feature. In Spring boot using RestController we are exposing everything as resource which is the ultimate need. So why do we need development using JAX-RS or JAX-WS approach. I am very confused.


  10. I think here we are generating wsdl from java ..not java objects from wsdl rather java objects are generated from XSD. But in summary its mentioned like “We also learned to generate java code from WSDL.” which seems to be confusing. Let me know if i miss anything to make above comments.

  11. Getting below error in @Bean(name = “studentDetailsWsdl”): BeanException: Error creating bean with name ‘studentDetailsWsdl’ defined in class path resource [com/example/howtodoinjava/springbootsoapservice/Config.class]: Invocation of init method failed; nested exception is WSDLException: faultCode=CONFIGURATION_ERROR: No Java extensionType found to represent a ‘{http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema}schema’ element in the context of a ‘javax.wsdl.Types’.:

    Please guide!!

  12. I am getting error:- java.lang.IllegalStateException: Failed to load ApplicationContext
    Caused by: org.springframework.beans.factory.BeanDefinitionStoreException: Failed to parse configuration class [com.example.howtodoinjava.springbootsoapservice.SpringBootSoapServiceApplication]; nested exception is java.io.FileNotFoundException: class path resource [org/springframework/ws/config/annotation/WsConfigurerAdapter.class] cannot be opened because it does not exist
    Caused by: java.io.FileNotFoundException: class path resource [org/springframework/ws/config/annotation/WsConfigurerAdapter.class] cannot be opened because it does not exist

    Initally I was getting error for EnableWs imports so I have added few External jars which started supporting EnableWs and WsConfigurerAdapter. Please guide me as I am new to this.

  13. Hi Lokesh,

    I am getting this below error while building the project :

    Caused by: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: xsd ‘class path resource [school.xsd]’ does not exist

    Let me know if i am missing anything here.


  14. Hi,

    The class StudentEndpoint’s source code

        private static final String NAMESPACE_URI = "https://www.howtodoinjava.com/xml/school";

    should be

        private static final String NAMESPACE_URI = "http://www.howtodoinjava.com/xml/school";

    in my opinion.

    The difference between them is [https -> http]. Because, the school.xsd file’s targetNamespace is [http://www.howtodoinjava.com/xml/school].

  15. The attached zip uses .M4 snapshot of spring-boot-starter-parent. It may not be available from the mavencentral, but simply changing it to .RELEASE should solve the issue.


  16. One small correction :

    return new SimpleXsdSchema(new ClassPathResource(“school.xsd”));

    Please change school.xsd to student.xsd


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