Spring WebFlux Reactive Repository using R2DBC – PART-3

Continuing the Spring WeFlux series , here now we will cover the Reactive Repository. Here is the link for Part-2 where we have covered the controller part.

Why we need Reactive Repository

All the database calls using JDBC drivers are blocking in nature. That means a thread that calls the database wait until the database return any result or timeouts. So this is huge waste of the resource , thread which is just waiting ideally can be used for better purpose . So what are the different solutions for this problem ? There can be number of solutions but we will discuss below two and implement only one .

  1. Using CompletableFuture and ThreadPool
  2. Using Reactive Relational Database Connectivity  (R2DBC) .

CompletableFuture and ThreadPool

This way of executing database query is not a non-blocking way but it separates the blocking query into different execution context. Here we can create a Thread Pool and use that pool with CompletableFuture to execute database query something like this.

Executor executor = Executors.newFixedThreadPool(10);
CompletableFuture future = CompletableFuture.supplyAsync(() -> {
    String sql = "SELECT * FROM users";
    ResultSet rs = stmt.executeQuery(sql);
    //iterate over result set and return result
    User user = new User();
     return user;
}, executor);

Using Reactive Relational Database Connectivity  (R2DBC)

R2DBC is a project that enables us to use the reactive programming API to connect to Relational Database. Until now it is not possible to use JDBC as those are blocking API’s. We can use the R2DBC project along with Spring data to talk to Relational Database. We are continuing example for last post and now we will add this R2DBC project , but for that we will have to add the following dependencies.

Spring Boot Data R2DBC


R2DBC MySql Driver


By adding above dependency we have all that we need to use the reactive API to access the relational database . In this case we are using R2DBC and Spring Data R2DBC

Data Base Configuration

For R2DBC to work we will have to add certain configuration , fo this we will add a DataBaseConfiguration class that creates a Spring Bean of ConnectionFactory this bean will have r2dbc connection url , data base name etc. We will create this Configuration class by extending AbstractR2dbcConfiguration. Below is the code for the same.

public class DataBaseConfiguration extends AbstractR2dbcConfiguration {

  public ConnectionFactory connectionFactory() {
    ConnectionFactory connectionFactory = ConnectionFactories.get(

    return connectionFactory;

@EnableR2dbcRepositories Annotation is used activate reactive relational repositories using R2DBC.

Reactive Repository

ReactiveRepository are similar to JPA repository, it can be created by simple interface and extending ReactiveCrudRepository interface with Entity class name and primary key type.

public interface UserRepository extends ReactiveCrudRepository<User, Long> {

@Query("SELECT * FROM user WHERE firstname = :firstname")
Flux<User> findByFirstName(String firstname);

Now with above repository implementation we the only difference in it compared to JpaRepository is that the return type of the Interface is of type Reactive in this case Flux or Mono.

We can call above repository from our UserService and just use it the way we use JpaRepository.

private UserRepository userRepository;

public Flux<User> findUserByFirstName(String firstName) {
  return userRepository.findByFirstName(firstName);

So now we have completed the implementation of Non-Blocking Connection using R2DBC with data base with Service and Repository layer to use it.

You can find the latest code at Github . The link will open the commits for above code so that you can see what exact changes are done.

Vaccine Locator Service Using Spring WebFlux

Humble request 🙏🏻
if you are configuring this service on your machine please do not overwhelm the cowin server, keep the ping duration optimum, by default its hard coded to 20 minutes

Vaccine Locator is service that calls the cowin(co-vin) API and fetches the available slots (18+ only) for vaccine for current day only. if slots are available this service will send message on Configured Public Telegram channel.This application as of now fetches vaccine slots for only 1 configured district.

Pull request’s are open. If you are running the application for your district please update the README file here as well as application.yml so that if for your district anyone is running application you don’t have to run it just join telegram channel.

Configuration Required in application.yml file

  • District ID along with name in districts: all:
    • ex: pune district id is 363 so it is placed as pune: 363 under all:
  • Name of the district for which ID has been configured under cowin:
    • the same district you have to provide like selectedDistrict: pune
  • Telegram API Key in telegram: tApiKey:
  • Telegram channel name under telegram: tChannelName:

Telegram Channel Configuration

Please follwo link 1 and link 2 to create Telegram channel and get the API token from BotFather. Use the API key as mentioned above in application.yml file and Channel name from channel description (not the actual name)

Running Application

Once above configuration is done, run the below comands

mvn clean install
mvn spring-boot:run

GitHub Repository

Here is the link for GitHub repository, pull request for enhancement an bug fixes are welcome.

I will cover this application in our series of Spring WebFlux tutorial in upcoming posts.