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Specify field is transient for MongoDB but not for RestController (4)

As long as you use it should work as expected. Jackson knows nothing about spring-data and it ignores it's annotations.

Sample code, that works:

interface PersonRepository extends CrudRepository<Person, String> {}

class Person {
    private String id;
    private String name;
    private Integer age;

    // setters & getters & toString()
class PersonController {
    private static final Logger LOG = LoggerFactory.getLogger(PersonController.class);
    private final PersonRepository personRepository;

    PersonController(PersonRepository personRepository) {
        this.personRepository = personRepository;

    @RequestMapping(method = RequestMethod.POST)
    public void post(@RequestBody Person person) {
        // logging to show that json deserialization works"Saving person: {}", person);;

    @RequestMapping(method = RequestMethod.GET)
    public Iterable<Person> list() {
        Iterable<Person> list = personRepository.findAll();
        // setting age to show that json serialization works
        list.forEach(foobar -> foobar.setAge(18));

        return list;

Executing POST http://localhost:8080/person:

    "name":"John Doe",
    "age": 40
  • Log output Saving person: Person{age=40, id='null', name='John Doe'}
  • Entry in person collection: { "_id" : ObjectId("55886dae5ca42c52f22a9af3"), "_class" : "demo.Person", "name" : "John Doe" } - age is not persisted

Executing GET http://localhost:8080/person:

  • Result: [{"id":"55886dae5ca42c52f22a9af3","name":"John Doe","age":18}]

I'm using spring-boot to provide a REST interface persisted with MongoDB. I'm using the 'standard' dependencies to power it, including spring-boot-starter-data-mongodb and spring-boot-starter-web.

However, in some of my classes I have fields that I annotate @Transient so that MongoDB does not persist that information. However, this information I DO want sent out in my rest services. Unfortunately, both MongoDB and the rest controller seem to share that annotation. So when my front-end receives the JSON object, those fields are not instantiated (but still declared). Removing the annotation allows the fields to come through in the JSON object.

How I do configure what is transient for MongoDB and REST separately?

Here is my class

package com.clashalytics.domain.building;

import com.clashalytics.domain.building.constants.BuildingConstants;
import com.clashalytics.domain.building.constants.BuildingType;

import java.util.*;

public class Building {

    private int id;

    private BuildingType buildingType;
    private int level;
    private Location location;
    // TODO
    private int hp;
    private BuildingDefense defenses;

    private static Map<Building,Building> buildings = new HashMap<>();

    public Building(){}
    public Building(BuildingType buildingType, int level){
        this.buildingType = buildingType;
        this.level = level;
            this.hp = BuildingConstants.hpMap.get(buildingType).get(level - 1);

        this.defenses = BuildingDefense.get(buildingType, level);

    public static Building get(BuildingType townHall, int level) {
        Building newCandidate = new Building(townHall,level);
        if (buildings.containsKey(newCandidate)){
            return buildings.get(newCandidate);
        return newCandidate;

    public int getId() {
        return id;

    public String getName(){
        return buildingType.getName();

    public BuildingType getBuildingType() {
        return buildingType;

    public int getHp() {
        return hp;

    public int getLevel() {
        return level;

    public Location getLocation() {
        return location;

    public void setLocation(Location location) {
        this.location = location;

    public BuildingDefense getDefenses() {
        return defenses;

    public boolean equals(Object o) {
        if (this == o) return true;
        if (o == null || getClass() != o.getClass()) return false;
        Building building = (Building) o;
        return Objects.equal(id, &&
                Objects.equal(hp, building.hp) &&
                Objects.equal(level, building.level) &&
                Objects.equal(buildingType, building.buildingType) &&
                Objects.equal(defenses, building.defenses) &&
                Objects.equal(location, building.location);

    public int hashCode() {
        return Objects.hashCode(id, buildingType, hp, level, defenses, location);

As is, hp and defenses show up as 0 and null respectively. If I remove the @Transient tag it comes through.

I solved by using @JsonSerialize. Optionally you can also opt for @JsonDeserialize if you want this to be deserailized as well.

public class Article {

@Column(name = "title")
private String title;

private Boolean testing;

// No annotations needed here
public Boolean getTesting() {
    return testing;

public void setTesting(Boolean testing) {
    this.testing = testing;

Since you are not exposing your MongoRepositories as restful endpoint with Spring Data REST it makes more sense to have your Resources/endpoint responses decoupled from your domain model, that way your domain model could evolve without impacting your rest clients/consumers. For the Resource you could consider leveraging what Spring HATEOAS has to offer.

The problem for you seems to be that both mongo and jackson are behaving as expected. Mongo does not persist the data and jackson ignores the property since it is marked as transient. I managed to get this working by 'tricking' jackson to ignore the transient field and then annotating the getter method with @JsonProperty. Here is my sample bean.

    public class User {

    private Integer id;
    private String username;

    private String password;

    public String getPassword() {
        return // your logic here;

This is more of a work around than a proper solution so I am not sure if this will introduce any side effects for you.