[java] Difference between spring @Controller and @RestController annotation

Difference between spring @Controller and @RestController annotation.

Can @Controller annotation be used for both Web MVC and REST applications?
If yes, how can we differentiate if it is Web MVC or REST application.

This question is related to java spring spring-mvc

The answer is

  • @Controller is used to mark classes as Spring MVC Controller.
  • @RestController is a convenience annotation that does nothing more than adding the @Controller and @ResponseBody annotations (see: Javadoc)

So the following two controller definitions should do the same

public class MyController { }

public class MyRestController { }

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