Spring Boot + React JS CRUD Example Tutorial

In this full-stack tutorial, we will learn how to develop a simple full-stack web application that is a basic Employee Management Application using React, Spring Boot.  

The back-end server uses Spring Boot with Spring Web MVC for REST APIs and Spring Data JPA for interacting with the MySQL database. The Front-end side is made with React, React Router, Axios & Bootstrap.
The complete source code of the project is hosted on Github. You can refer that anytime if you get stuck at something.

Spring Boot React Full-Stack Architecture

What we will build?

We will build a full-stack web application that is a basic Employee Management Application with CRUD features:
  • Create Employee
  • List Employee
  • Update Employee
  • Delete Employee
  • View Employee
Following is the screenshot of the final version of our application -

Quick overview of React and Spring Boot

What is React JS?

  • React is used to build user interfaces (UI) on the front end.
  • React is not a framework (unlike Angular, which is more opinionated).
  • React is an open-source project created by Facebook.

What is Spring Boot?

  • Spring boot to develop REST web services and microservices.
  • Spring Boot has taken the Spring framework to the next level. It has drastically reduced the configuration and setup time required for spring projects.
  • You can set up a project with almost zero configuration and start building the things that actually matter to your application.

What you'll learn

  • You will Develop Your First FULL STACK Application with React and Spring Boot
  • You will learn the Basics of Building AWESOME Frontend Applications with React
  • You will be introduced to Building Great RESTful APIs with Spring Boot
  • You will learn to How to make a REST API call from React to a Spring Boot RESTful API
  • You will learn the basics of React - Components - JSX, State, and Props
  • You will develop an Employee Management Full Stack Application step by step with CRUD functionalities

ReactJS + Spring Boot CRUD Full Stack Architecture


  • Basic familiarity with HTML & CSS
  • Basic knowledge of JavaScript and programming
  • Spring Boot Basics
  • ReactJS basics
  • Node.js and npm installed globally

Full-Stack App Development

We will build two projects:
  1. sprint boot-backend (server) – To develop REST API
  2. react-frontend (client) – Consume REST API

Tools and Technologies Used

Server-side tools and technologies used

  • Spring Boot 2 +
  • SpringData JPA ( Hibernate)
  • Maven 3.2 +
  • JDK 1.8
  • Embedded Tomcat 8.5+
  • MySQL Database

Client-side tools and technologies used

  • React
  • Modern JavaScript (ES6)
  • NodeJS and NPM
  • VS Code IDE
  • Create React App CLI
  • Bootstrap 4.5 and Axios HTTP Library

Spring Boot + React JS CRUD Example Tutorial - 2 Parts

To keep it simple, I divide this tutorial into 2 parts. In the first part, we will develop and expose CRUD REST APIs using Spring Boot. In the second part, we will create React App to consume CRUD REST APIs.

PART 1 - Spring boot + React JS CRUD Example Tutorial - Spring Boot Backend - Part 1

PART 2 - Spring boot + React JS CRUD Example Tutorial - React App Frontend - Part 2

What's next?

In the first part, we will develop and expose CRUD REST APIs using Spring Boot.

Free Course - Spring Boot + React JS CRUD Full Stack App

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GitHub Repository

The source code on my GitHub repository at  https://github.com/RameshMF/ReactJS-Spring-Boot-CRUD-Full-Stack-App

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