Thymeleaf Loop or Iteration Example with Spring Boot - th:each Attribute

Thymeleaf is a Java-based template engine used for processing HTML, XML, JS, and many other documents. In this tutorial, we will learn how to iterate over a list of objects in the Thymeleaf HTML page using th:each attribute.
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In this example, we will create a Spring boot project to demonstrate the iteration in Thymeleaf.

Iteration attribute th:each

Thymeleaf comes with a special attribute th:each, used to iterate over collections of different object types.
There are several objects that Thymeleaf considered iterable:
  • objects implementing java.util.Iterable interface,
  • objects implementing java.util.Enumeration interface,
  • objects implementing java.util.Iterator interface,
  • objects implementing java.util.Map interface,
  • and also arrays.

Thymeleaf Loop or Iteration Example with Spring Boot

Let's assume that we want to display a list of employees in a simple HTML table using the Thymeleaf engine.

Maven Dependency

Let's add the below dependency to integrate Thymeleaf with Spring boot:

Employee Model Class

In our example application Employee object will have the following structure:
package net.javaguides.springboot;

public class Employee {
    private String firstName;
    private String lastName;
    private String email;

    public Employee(String firstName, String lastName, String email) {
        this.firstName = firstName;
        this.lastName = lastName; = email;

    public String getFirstName() {
        return firstName;
    public void setFirstName(String firstName) {
        this.firstName = firstName;
    public String getLastName() {
        return lastName;
    public void setLastName(String lastName) {
        this.lastName = lastName;
    public String getEmail() {
        return email;
    public void setEmail(String email) { = email;

Spring MVC Controller -

EmployeeController class was defined to handle all GET requests to /iteration URI and return a rendered page iteration.html as an output (which is our Thymeleaf template located in /resources/templates)
package net.javaguides.springboot;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

import org.springframework.stereotype.Controller;
import org.springframework.ui.Model;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.GetMapping;

public class EmployeeController {

    public String iteration(Model model) {
        List < Employee > employees = new ArrayList < > ();
        employees.add(new Employee("Ramesh", "Fadatare", ""));
        employees.add(new Employee("John", "Cena", ""));
        employees.add(new Employee("Tom", "Cruise", ""));
        employees.add(new Employee("Tony", "Stark", ""));
        model.addAttribute("employees", employees);
        return "iteration";

Thymeleaf template - iteration.html

We will use th:each to iterate through the list of employees:
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html xmlns:th="">

    <meta charset="ISO-8859-1">
    <title>Add Bootstrap CSS Demo</title>

    <link th:href="@{/css/bootstrap.min.css}" rel="stylesheet" />

    <div class="container">
        <div class="row">

            <table class="table">
                        <th>Employee First Name</th>
                        <th>Employee Last Name</th>
                        <th>Employee Email</th>
                    <tr th:each="employee : ${employees}">
                        <td th:text="${employee.firstName}"></td>
                        <td th:text="${employee.lastName}"></td>
                        <td th:text="${}"></td>



Status Variable

Thymeleaf also enables a useful mechanism to keep track of the iteration process via the status variable.
The status variable provides the following properties:
  • index: the current iteration index, starting with 0 (zero)
  • count: the number of elements processed so far
  • size: the total number of elements in the list
  • even/odd: checks if the current iteration index is even or odd
  • first: checks if the current iteration is the first one
  • last: checks if the current iteration is the last one
Let's see how the status variable works in our example:
<tr th:each="employee : ${employees}"
 th:style="${employeeStat.odd}? 'font-weight: bold;'"
 th:alt-title="${employeeStat.even}? 'even' : 'odd'">
 <td th:text="${employee.firstName}"></td>
 <td th:text="${employee.lastName}"></td>
 <td th:text="${}"></td>
Here, we included the employeeStat.odd property to evaluate the condition and set a bold style for the current row.
The employeeStat is the aggregation of the variable employee with the suffix Stat.

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