Spring Boot @LastModifiedDate Example

1. Introduction

The @LastModifiedDate annotation is used in Spring Boot to automatically capture the date and time when an entity was last updated. This is useful for auditing purposes and ensures transparency and traceability of modifications in your data.

Key Points

1. @LastModifiedDate marks a field to be automatically updated with the current date and time whenever an entity is updated.

2. Requires JPA auditing to be enabled in your Spring Boot configuration.

3. Works best with a DateTime type field, such as java.util.Date or java.time.LocalDateTime.

2. Development Steps

1. Enable JPA Auditing in the application.

2. Add the @LastModifiedDate annotation to your entity class.

3. Configure a date/time field in your entity to store the last modification date.

3. Implementation

// Step 1: Enable JPA Auditing
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;
import org.springframework.data.jpa.repository.config.EnableJpaAuditing;

public class AuditConfig {

// Step 2: Entity class with @LastModifiedDate
import jakarta.persistence.*;
import org.springframework.data.annotation.LastModifiedDate;
import java.time.LocalDateTime;

public class MyEntity {
    private Long id;

    @Column(name = "last_modified_date")
    private LocalDateTime lastModifiedDate;

    // Getters and Setters

// Step 3: Repository for the entity
import org.springframework.data.jpa.repository.JpaRepository;

public interface MyEntityRepository extends JpaRepository<MyEntity, Long> {


1. AuditConfig contains the @EnableJpaAuditing annotation, activating Spring Data JPA's auditing capabilities.

2. In MyEntity, the @LastModifiedDate annotation is applied to the lastModifiedDate field. This field is configured to automatically update with the current date and time whenever the entity is modified.

3. The field lastModifiedDate uses LocalDateTime to capture the precise date and time of modification.

4. MyEntityRepository provides the necessary Spring Data repository methods, and due to the auditing configuration, Spring Data JPA handles the automatic update of lastModifiedDate during each save operation.