Project Lombok


Tags: java

Never write your getters again!

My college recently introduced Project Lombok to our java code base. This is a great tool, which aims to make java source code less verbose by using a compile time annotation processor. In this post I give you a basic example of usage of Lombok and a description on how to configure IntelliJ Idea to use it.

Basic usage

To give a quick example (src)

This piece of code (notice @Data annotation) with Project Lombok

public class Company {
    private final Person founder;
    private String name;
    private List<Person> employees;

Will result in the same byte code as this plain vanilla java

public class Company {
    private final Person founder;
    private String name;
    private List<Person> employees;

    private Company(final Person founder) {
        this.founder = founder;

    public static Company of(final Person founder) {
        return new Company(founder);

    public Person getFounder() {
        return founder;

    public String getName() {
        return name;

    public void setName(final String name) { = name;

    public List<Person> getEmployees() {
        return employees;

    public void setEmployees(final List<Person> employees) {
        this.employees = employees;

    public boolean equals(final java.lang.Object o) {
        if (o == this) return true;
        if (o == null) return false;
        if (o.getClass() != this.getClass()) return false;
        final Company other = (Company)o;
        if (this.founder == null ? other.founder != null : !this.founder.equals(other.founder)) return false;
        if ( == null ? != null : ! return false;
        if (this.employees == null ? other.employees != null : !this.employees.equals(other.employees)) return false;
        return true;

    public int hashCode() {
        final int PRIME = 31;
        int result = 1;
        result = result * PRIME + (this.founder == null ? 0 : this.founder.hashCode());
        result = result * PRIME + ( == null ? 0 :;
        result = result * PRIME + (this.employees == null ? 0 : this.employees.hashCode());
        return result;

    public java.lang.String toString() {
        return "Company(founder=" + founder + ", name=" + name + ", employees=" + employees + ")";

With the @Data annotation Lombok will generate getter, setters, constructor, static factory method, .hashCode + .equals and even .toString. Isn’t it great? Never write your getters again!

Configuring Idea

The only caveat is that you need to configure your IDE and the build process. The latter is easy as you need only to include lombok.jar in your classpath. The former is a bit trickier if you use IntelliJ Idea (eclipse is already described on the project page).

To use Lombok with Idea you need to:

  1. Install lombok-intellij-plugin:

    a. Go to: Settings -> Plugins -> Browse repositories…

    b. Select Lombok Plugin, install & restart ide

  2. Add lombok.jar as a global library:

    a. Go to: Project Structure -> Global Libraries -> ‘+’

    b. Select the lombok.jar

    c. Add it to the modules you want to have Lombok enabled ( Project Structure -> Modules -> Your Module -> ‘+’ -> Library)

  3. Enable the plugin for the project + enable annotation processing:

    a. Settings -> Lombok Plugin -> Enable Lombok support for this project

    b. Settings -> Compiler -> Annotation Processors -> Enable annotation processing

  4. Restart your ide again and you are good to go!

Further reading

There is more to Lombok. Read on:

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