Today we look at @InitBinder annotation.

This can be used to set and invoke a custom Validator (Note: Don’t try and mix this with @Valid / JSR303 – the Bean Validation annotations).

In essence it allows us to replace this code:

public String handleRequest(SomeFormObject form, BindingResult result){
    someValidator.validate(form, result); //manually invoke


public void initBinder(WebDataBinder binder){
    binder.setValidator(validator); // set & let spring invoke

Note: If we need to use a custom Validator and Bean Validation annotations, then we need to use the first method.

Posted in Spring, Spring MVC

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