'Field required a bean of type that could not be found.' error spring restful API using mongodb

So I've been learning Spring in the couples of week, been following this tutorial

Building a RESTful Web Service

All was well until I tried to integrate it to mongodb. So I follow this tutorial.

Accessing Data with MongoDB

But my practice is partially still using the first one. So my project directory structure is like this.

├── main/
│   └── java/
|       ├── model/
|       |   └── User.java
|       ├── rest/
|       |   ├── Application.java
|       |   ├── IndexController.java
|       |   └── UsersController.java
|       └── service/
|           └── UserService.java
└── resources/
    └── application.properties

This is my model/User.java file

package main.java.model;

import org.springframework.data.annotation.Id;
import org.springframework.data.mongodb.core.mapping.Document;

public class User {

    private int age;
    private String country; 
    private String id;
    private String name;

    public User() {

    public String getId() {
        return id;

    public void setId(String id) {
        this.id = id;

    public String getName() {
        return name;

    public void setName(String name) {
        this.name = name;

    public int getAge() {
        return age;

    public void setAge(int age) {
        this.age = age;

    public String getCountry() {
        return country;

    public void setCountry(String country) {
        this.country = country;

This is my rest/UsersController.java file

package main.java.rest;

import java.util.List;
import main.java.service.UserService;
import main.java.model.User;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMethod;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestParam;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RestController;

@RequestMapping(value = "/users")
public class UsersController {

    UserService userService;

    @RequestMapping(method = RequestMethod.GET)
    public List<User> getAllUsers() {
        return userService.findAll();

This is my service/UserService.java file

package main.java.service;

import java.util.List;
import main.java.model.User;
import org.springframework.data.mongodb.repository.MongoRepository;

public interface UserService extends MongoRepository<User, String> {
    public List<User> findAll();

I could compile them (I'm using gradle for compilation because I'm following the tutorial), but when I run the jar file it was throwing this error.



Field userService in main.java.rest.UsersController required a bean of type 'main.java.service.UserService' that could not be found.


Consider defining a bean of type 'main.java.service.UserService' in your configuration.

Not sure what is wrong I start googling around and found that I need to include Beans.xml file and register the userService in it. I did that but it's not working. I'm really new to this so I really have no clue on what's going on.

Solved it. So by default, all packages that falls under @SpringBootApplication declaration will be scanned.

Assuming my main class ExampleApplication that has @SpringBootApplication declaration is declared inside com.example.something, then all components that falls under com.example.something is scanned while com.example.applicant will not be scanned.

So, there are two ways to do it based on this question. Use

"com.example.something", "com.example.application"})

That way, the application will scan all the specified components, but I think what if the scale were getting bigger ?

So I use the second approach, by restructuring my packages and it worked ! Now my packages structure became like this.

├── main/
│   └── java/
|       ├── com.example/
|       |   └── Application.java
|       ├── com.example.model/
|       |   └── User.java
|       ├── com.example.controller/
|       |   ├── IndexController.java
|       |   └── UsersController.java
|       └── com.example.service/
|           └── UserService.java
└── resources/
    └── application.properties

Add the @Service in the service/UserService.java.

I also had the same error:



Field repository in com.kalsym.next.gen.campaign.controller.CampaignController required a bean of type 'com.kalsym.next.gen.campaign.data.CustomerRepository' that could not be found.


Consider defining a bean of type 'com.kalsym.next.gen.campaign.data.CustomerRepository' in your configuration.de here

And my packages were constructed in the same way as mentioned in the accepted answer. I fixed my issue by adding EnableMongoRepositories annotation in the main class like this:

@EnableMongoRepositories(basePackageClasses = CustomerRepository.class)
public class CampaignAPI {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        SpringApplication.run(CampaignAPI.class, args);

If you need to add multiple don't forget the curly braces:

    = {
        MSASMSRepository.class, APartyMappingRepository.class

I encountered the same issue and all I had to do was to place the Application in a package one level higher than the service, dao and domain packages.

Spent a lot of time because of the auto-import. Intellij Idea somewhy imported @Service from import org.jvnet.hk2.annotations.Service; instead of import org.springframework.stereotype.Service;!

  • nothing much changed actually, I just did some rename of the packages and the classes @GuoJing
  • @ekaRudianto There is a typo. No opening { for scanBasePackages= "com.example.something","com.example.application"
  • I also had the same issue and figured out that my package structure was not in proper order. I rearranged them like this and it's working fine now.
  • Adding @scanBasePackages worked for me. Thank you.
  • thank you, this also worked for me
  • Can you elaborate a bit more showing the old package structure (which didn't work) and the restructured package level?
  • @mannedear: I cannot speak for the OP but in my case I ran into this problem because my code deviated from the recommended layout ( docs.spring.io/spring-boot/docs/current/reference/html/… ): my application class was not at the top of a package hierarchy.
  • I was pulling my hair off to find a solution for this problem and your method finally worked.
  • Could you update your answer and explain what you are doing. Many thanks in advance
  • What you didn't understand from my answer?I got the same error as in the question, trying to run the project. It was because I have imported Service from the wrong library.
  • @VitaliKuzmin still there is no clarity in your answer. Your answer may be correct and it may have worked for you but the way you presented here is confusing and not reader friendly
  • @mannedear I think that my first comment answers yours' comment as well.
  • solved my problem