How to get Auto-Generated Key with JdbcTemplate

Spring provides GeneratedKeyHolder (Java Doc) class which can be used to retrieve the auto generated values.

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The following class shows how to retrieve the auto generated key after a new value is added to the table.

package com.javacreed.examples.spring;

import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.PreparedStatement;
import java.sql.SQLException;
import java.sql.Statement;

import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.jdbc.core.JdbcTemplate;
import org.springframework.jdbc.core.PreparedStatementCreator;

public class ExampleDao {

  private JdbcTemplate jdbcTemplate;

  public long addNew(final String name) {
    final PreparedStatementCreator psc = new PreparedStatementCreator() {
      public PreparedStatement createPreparedStatement(final Connection connection) throws SQLException {
        final PreparedStatement ps = connection.prepareStatement("INSERT INTO `names` (`name`) VALUES (?)",
        ps.setString(1, name);
        return ps;

    /* The newly generated key will be saved in this object */
    final KeyHolder holder = new GeneratedKeyHolder();

    jdbcTemplate.update(psc, holder);

    final long newNameId = holder.getKey().longValue();
    return newNameId;

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