Bean Validation

Constrain once, validate everywhere

Bean Validation 2.0

What is Bean Validation

Bean Validation is a Java specification which

  • lets you express constraints on object models via annotations

  • lets you write custom constraints in an extensible way

  • provides the APIs to validate objects and object graphs

  • provides the APIs to validate parameters and return values of methods and constructors

  • reports the set of violations (localized)

  • runs in Java SE but is integrated in Java EE (6 and 7; Bean Validation 2.0 is planned to be part of Java EE 8)

public class User {

    private String email;

    @NotNull @Email
    public String getEmail() {
      return email;

    public void setEmail(String email) { = email;

public class UserService {

  public void createUser(@Email String email,
                         @NotNull String name) {

While you can run validation manually, it is more natural to let other specifications and frameworks validate data at the right time (user input in presentation frameworks, business service execution by CDI, entity insert or update by JPA).

In other words, run once, constrain anywhere.