Quick Thymeleaf 1.0.0 Tutorial

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Here’s a quick way to get you started with Thymeleaf 1.0.0. You will need Eclipse Indigo and the m2e Maven Plugin for Eclipse. You will also need a basic understanding of Spring 3 MVC, as we will convert the Spring MVC view from JSPs to Thymeleaf.

1. Create a new Maven Project using the Eclipse New Wizard.

Maven Project

2. When prompted for the archetype, pick the spring-mvc-jpa-archetype. This will give us a running Spring MVC web application.

Spring MVC web application

3. Enter com.teamextension for the groupId. Enter quickthymeleaf for the artifactId. Enter com.teamextension.quickthymeleaf for the package. Hit Finish.


So far we have created a basic Spring MVC web application. Next step is to add Thymeleaf support.

4. Right click on the quickthymeleaf project and go to Maven -> Add Dependency. Enter the pattern thymeleaf and pick the org.thymeleaf thymeleaf-spring3.
Add Dependency

This adds the Thymeleaf library to our Spring MVC application.

5. Go to src/main/webapp/WEB-INF/spring/app/servlet-context.xml and make the following changes.

Remove the org.springframework.web.servlet.view.InternalResourceViewResolver bean and replace it with

<beans:bean id="templateResolver" class="org.thymeleaf.templateresolver.ServletContextTemplateResolver">
	<beans:property name="prefix" value="/WEB-INF/views/" />
	<beans:property name="suffix" value=".html" />
	<beans:property name="templateMode" value="HTML5" />

<beans:bean id="templateEngine" class="org.thymeleaf.spring3.SpringTemplateEngine">
	<beans:property name="templateResolver" ref="templateResolver" />

<beans:bean class="org.thymeleaf.spring3.view.ThymeleafViewResolver">
	<beans:property name="templateEngine" ref="templateEngine" />

This changes the ViewResolver from using JSPs to using Thymeleaf.

6. Now we change the JSPs. Go to src/main/webapp//WEB-INF/views. Rename home.jsp to home.html. Replace the 2 JSP directives on the top of home.html.

<%@ taglib uri="http://java.sun.com/jsp/jstl/core" prefix="c" %>
<%@ page session="false" %>

with the HTML5 doctype

<!DOCTYPE html>

Also replace



<p th:text="${controllerMessage}"></p>

Remember, Thymeleaf is not a sequential text processor and instead works of XML based formats. The final home.html should look like this.

<!DOCTYPE html>
	Hello world!
<p th:text="${controllerMessage}"></p>

7. Edit src/main/resources/log4j.xml. Look for “org.application” and change it to “com.teamextension”. This will enable debug logging for our web application.

8. Run mvn tomcat:run to test your web application. Here we will create an Eclipse run configuration for Maven so we can run tomcat:run from within Eclipse.

Run MVN Tomcat

9. Go to http://localhost:8080/quickthymeleaf to see your web application in action.

see your web application

10. For development purposes, you might want to disable caching. Add the cacheable property to the templateResolver bean to control template caching.

<beans:property name=”cacheable” value=”false” />

Now you have a fully configured Spring 3 MVC + Thymeleaf web application. For a more in-depth look at Thymeleaf, please read the official Thymeleaf Documentation.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Eric

    I do not have the spring-mvc-jpa-archetype as an option. Do you know where I can download it?

  2. Eric

    I’m also getting this error:
    org.thymeleaf.exceptions.TemplateProcessingException: Could not parse as expression: “{$controllerMessage}” (home:10)

    Do I need to declare the “th” namespace anywhere?

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