@RequestParam Example in Spring MVC

In this Spring MVC tutorial, you will learn how to use the @RequestParam annotation to read the URL Query request parameters in your Spring MVC Web Services application. I am also including a video tutorial here so you can see it in action.

Let’s assume we have the following URL to your Web Service endpoint.


If we break the above URL down into smaller parts then we will see that:

  • HTTP – is the protocol being used,
  • localhost  – is the domain name,
  • 8080 – is the port number,
  • api – is the root path of your web services application,
  • users – is most likely the @Path value of your Root Resource class and,
  • page – is the URL Query parameter which we can read with @RequestParam annotation,
  • limit – is the URL Query parameter which we can also read with @RequestParam annotation.

Let’s have a look at the example of how we can read the above request URL query string parameters with the @RequestParam annotation.

Read Request URL Query Parameters with @RequestParam

Let’s say we have the below @RestController class with a method which reads the two URL Query string request parameters which are mentioned in the URL above.

To read the request parameter from URL Query string use the @RequestParam annotation in the following way:

@RequestParam(value = "page", defaultValue = "0")

Below is an example of @RestController class:

public class UserController {

    UserService userService;

    @GetMapping(produces = {MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON_VALUE, MediaType.APPLICATION_XML_VALUE})
    public List<UserRest> getUsers(@RequestParam(value = "page", defaultValue = "0") int page,
            @RequestParam(value = "limit", defaultValue = "30") int limit) {
          List<UserRest> returnValue = new ArrayList<>();

        List<UserDto> users = userService.getUsers(page, limit);

        for (UserDto userDto : users) {
            UserRest userModel = new UserRest();
            BeanUtils.copyProperties(userDto, userModel);

        return returnValue;

Please notice how the @RequestParam annotation is used in the method signature to read the two URL Query string request parameters and make them available as method arguments.

@RequestParam Default Value

In the code example above I have provided a default value to be used it the request parameter is not provided. Below is a simpler example that demonstrates how to provide a default value the query string request parameters.

public String getUsers(@RequestParam(value = "page", defaultValue = "1") int page,
           @RequestParam(value = "limit", defaultValue = "30") int limit)
 return "get users was called. </br> Page = " + page  + " and limit = " +  limit;

Optional or Required Request Parameters

Making a Request Parameter Optional

  • Provide a default value by using the defaultValue = “<value here>” or,
  • Use required=false for a @RequestParam annotation.

If you provide a defaultValue = “<value here>” for a request parameter as it is in the example above, then this request parameter becomes optional and the user might not include it in the request at all. In this case, if the request parameter is not included in the URL then its value will default to the value provided by the defaultValue. Or you can use the required=false with the @RequestParam annotation.

Note that required=false works well only with String datatypes.

public String getUsers(@RequestParam(value = "sort", required=false) String sort)

 return "get users was called with Sort option = " + sort;

Making a Request Parameter Required

  • Do not use the defaultValue = “<value here>” or,
  • Use required=true for a @RequestParam annotation.

If the @RequestParam annotation is used and the default value is not provided, then this request parameter becomes required by default. However, if you want to explicitly specify that a specific request parameter is required and must be provided then use the required=true as it is in the example below.

public String getUsers(@RequestParam(value = "sort", required = true) String sort,
           @RequestParam(value = "limit", defaultValue = "30") int limit)
 return "get users was called with sort option = " + sort;

Reading Query String Request Parameters – Video Tutorial

Making Query String Request Parameters Optional –  Video Tutorial

I hope this short tutorial on how to read request parameters from URL query string in your Spring MVC application was helpful to you.

If you are interested in learning more about Spring MVC framework, please check the below video courses and hopefully one of them will be just what you were looking for.

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