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Quick start on using Hibernate with Postgres 9.4 in IntelliJ

1. Install IntelliJ Ultimate. You can get a 30 day trial license.
2. Install PostgresSQL 9.4 or whatever is the latest version today.

What do do:
1. Create a new Maven Project in HIbernate. User the simplest maven archetype to get a good folder structure. I chose the maven-archetype-webapp archetype.
2. Right click on the newly created project and enable Hibernate support through the “Add Framework Support” menu.
3. Add Postgres 9.4 dependencies via Maven.
4. Launch PgAdmin and connect to your PostgreSQL database.
5. Create a users table in PostgresSQL using the following script:

create table Users (
   id SERIAL,
   firstName VARCHAR(100) default NULL,
   lastName  VARCHAR(100) default NULL,
   salary     INT  default NULL,

6. Under the resources folder, add a new hibernate.cfg.xml file with the following content:


    <property name="dialect">org.hibernate.dialect.PostgreSQL82Dialect</property>
    <property name="connection.driver_class">org.postgresql.Driver</property>
    <property name="connection.url">jdbc:postgresql://localhost:5432/database</property>
    <property name="connection.username">username</property>
    <property name="connection.password">password</property>

    <property name="cache.provider_class">org.hibernate.cache.HashtableCacheProvider</property>

    <property name="transaction.factory_class">org.hibernate.transaction.JDBCTransactionFactory</property>
    <property name="current_session_context_class">thread</property>
    <property name="hibernate.show_sql">false</property>

7. In the same folder, add a users.hbm.xml file with the following content:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE hibernate-mapping PUBLIC
        "-//Hibernate/Hibernate Mapping DTD//EN"

    <class name="tut.User" table="Users">
        <meta attribute="class-description">
            This class contains the employee detail.
        <id name="id" type="int" column="id">
            <generator class="increment"/>
        <property name="firstName" column="firstname" type="string"/>
        <property name="lastName" column="lastname" type="string"/>
        <property name="age" column="age" type="int"/>

8. Create a new folder under src/main/java/myco/utils and create a new file HibernateUtils class to host your Session Factory as follows:

public class HibernateUtils {
    private static final SessionFactory ourSessionFactory;
    private static final ServiceRegistry serviceRegistry;

    static {
        try {
            Configuration configuration = new Configuration();

            serviceRegistry = new ServiceRegistryBuilder().applySettings(configuration.getProperties()).buildServiceRegistry();
            ourSessionFactory = configuration.buildSessionFactory(serviceRegistry);
        } catch (Throwable ex) {
            throw new ExceptionInInitializerError(ex);

    public static Session getSession() throws HibernateException {
        return ourSessionFactory.openSession();

9. Create a new folder under src/main/java/myco/models and a new User class as follows:

public class User {
    private String _firstName;
    private String _lastName;
    private int _age;
    private boolean _isEmployed;
    private int _id;

    public String getFirstName(){
        return _firstName;
    public void setFirstName(String name){
        _firstName = name;

    public int getAge(){
        return _age;
    public void setAge(int age){
        _age = age;

    public boolean getIsEmployed(){
        return _isEmployed;
    public void setIsEmployed(boolean isEmployed){
        _isEmployed = isEmployed;
    public int getId() {
        return _id;

    public void setId(int _id) {
        this._id = _id;

    public String getLastName() {
        return _lastName;

    public void setLastName(String _lastName) {
        this._lastName = _lastName;

    @Override public String toString(){
        return String.format("%s Ss", _firstName, _age);


10. Create a UserResource file under src/main/java/myco/resources as follows:

public class UserResource { 
    public User[] getAll(){

        Session session = HibernateUtils.getSession();

        Query query=  session.createQuery("from User where  id > :id");
        query.setParameter("id", 0);

        Object[] users = query.list().toArray();

        User[] toReturn = new User[users.length];
        for (int i = 0; i < users.length; i++){
            toReturn[i] = (User)users[i];

        return toReturn;
    public User[] createUsers(User[] users){

        Session session = HibernateUtils.getSession();

        for (User user : users){
            System.out.println("Adding user to session " + user.toString());


      return users;

11. Create a UserResourceTest class under src/text/java/myco inheriting from TestCase as follows:

public class UserResourceTest extends TestCase {

    public void testGetAll() throws Exception {

        UserResource userResource = new UserResource();
        User[] users = userResource.getAll();

        Assert.assertTrue(users.length > 0);


    public void testCreateUsers() throws Exception {

        User user = new User();

        UserResource userResource = new UserResource();
        userResource.createUsers(new User[]{ user});

        Assert.assertTrue(user.getId() > 0);

12. Go to View | Tools Windows | Maven Project to launch the Maven tools window.
13. Expand the project within the Maven tools window, right click on the clean life cycle and run it.
14. Unless I missed a step, you should see BUILD SUCCESS in your output window.
15. Right click on UserResourceTest and select Run UserResourceTest. Test should all run with green lights.

Happy Coding.