BeanListHandler Class


The org.apache.commons.dbutils.BeanListHandler is the implementation of ResultSetHandler interface and is responsible to convert the ResultSet rows into list of Java Bean. This class is thread safe.

Class Declaration

Following is the declaration for org.apache.commons.dbutils.BeanListHandler class −

public class BeanListHandler<T>
   extends Object implements ResultSetHandler<List<T>>


  • Step 1 − Create a connection object.

  • Step 2 − Get implementation of ResultSetHandler as BeanListHandler object.

  • Step 3 − Pass resultSetHandler to QueryRunner object, and make database operations.


Following example will demonstrate how to read a list of records using BeanListHandler class. We'll read available records in Employees Table and map them to list of Employee beans.


List<Employee> empList = queryRunner.query(conn, "SELECT * FROM employees", resultHandler);      


  • resultHandler − BeanListHandler object to map result sets to list of Employee objects.

  • queryRunner − QueryRunner object to read employee object from database.

To understand the above-mentioned concepts related to DBUtils, let us write an example which will run a read query. To write our example, let us create a sample application.

Step Description
1 Update the file created under chapter DBUtils - First Application.
2 Compile and run the application as explained below.

Following is the content of the

public class Employee {
   private int id;
   private int age;
   private String first;
   private String last;
   public int getId() {
      return id;
   public void setId(int id) { = id;
   public int getAge() {
      return age;
   public void setAge(int age) {
      this.age = age;
   public String getFirst() {
      return first;
   public void setFirst(String first) {
      this.first = first;
   public String getLast() {
      return last;
   public void setLast(String last) {
      this.last = last;

Following is the content of the file.

import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.DriverManager;
import java.sql.SQLException;
import java.util.List;

import org.apache.commons.dbutils.DbUtils;
import org.apache.commons.dbutils.QueryRunner;
import org.apache.commons.dbutils.ResultSetHandler;
import org.apache.commons.dbutils.handlers.BeanListHandler;

public class MainApp {
   // JDBC driver name and database URL
   static final String JDBC_DRIVER = "com.mysql.jdbc.Driver";  
   static final String DB_URL = "jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/emp";

   //  Database credentials
   static final String USER = "root";
   static final String PASS = "admin";

   public static void main(String[] args) throws SQLException {
      Connection conn = null;
      QueryRunner queryRunner = new QueryRunner();
      //Step 1: Register JDBC driver

      //Step 2: Open a connection
      System.out.println("Connecting to database...");
      conn = DriverManager.getConnection(DB_URL, USER, PASS);

      //Step 3: Create a ResultSet Handler to handle List of Employee Beans
      ResultSetHandler<List<Employee>> resultHandler = new BeanListHandler<Employee>(Employee.class);

      try {
         List<Employee> empList = queryRunner.query(conn, "SELECT * FROM employees", resultHandler);
         for(Employee emp: empList ) {
            //Display values
            System.out.print("ID: " + emp.getId());
            System.out.print(", Age: " + emp.getAge());
            System.out.print(", First: " + emp.getFirst());
            System.out.println(", Last: " + emp.getLast());
      } finally {

Once you are done creating the source files, let us run the application. If everything is fine with your application, it will print the following message.

ID: 100, Age: 18, First: Zara, Last: Ali
ID: 101, Age: 25, First: Mahnaz, Last: Fatma
ID: 102, Age: 30, First: Zaid, Last: Khan
ID: 103, Age: 28, First: Sumit, Last: Mittal