Spring Boot and Lombok is a powerful combination for reducing boilerplate code and improving developer productivity. This guide provides an introduction to integrating Spring Boot with Lombok, explains the benefits of Lombok, and offers sample code with explanations for its implementation.

Why Use Lombok with Spring Boot?

Lombok is a library that eliminates the need to write repetitive and boilerplate code in your Java applications. When integrated with Spring Boot, it offers several advantages:

  • Reduced Boilerplate: Lombok generates getter, setter, equals, and other methods for you, reducing repetitive code writing.
  • Improved Readability: By removing boilerplate code, Lombok can make your code cleaner and more readable.
  • Enhanced Productivity: Writing less code means faster development and fewer opportunities for errors.

Getting Started with Spring Boot and Lombok

To start reducing boilerplate code with Spring Boot and Lombok, follow these steps:

  1. Create a Spring Boot project using the Spring Initializr or your preferred IDE.
  2. Add the Lombok dependency to your project's pom.xml (Maven) or build.gradle (Gradle) file:
<!-- Maven -->
// Gradle
dependencies {
compileOnly 'org.projectlombok:lombok'
annotationProcessor 'org.projectlombok:lombok'
  1. Configure your IDE to recognize Lombok annotations. For example, if you're using IntelliJ IDEA, install the Lombok plugin and enable annotation processing.
  1. Create a Java class and use Lombok annotations to reduce boilerplate code. For example, the @Data annotation generates getter, setter, and other methods for your class:
import lombok.Data;
public class User {
private Long id;
private String username;
private String email;
  1. You can now use the generated methods without having to write them manually. Lombok takes care of the boilerplate code for you:
public class UserController {
public User updateUser(User user) {
// Lombok-generated setter
return user;


Spring Boot and Lombok is an excellent combination for reducing boilerplate code and improving developer productivity. This guide introduced the integration, explained the benefits of Lombok, and provided sample code for creating classes with Lombok annotations. As you explore this combination further, you'll find it valuable for writing cleaner and more concise code in your Spring Boot applications.