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CRUD SPI: RecordListener

Applies to ✅ Open Source Edition   ✅ Express Edition   ✅ Professional Edition   ✅ Enterprise Edition

When performing CRUD, you may want to be able to centrally register one or several listener objects that receive notification every time CRUD is performed on an UpdatableRecord. Example use cases of such a listener are:

  • Adding a central ID generation algorithm, generating UUIDs for all of your records.
  • Adding a central record initialisation mechanism, preparing the database prior to inserting a new record.

An example of such a RecordListener is given here:

// Extending DefaultRecordListener, which provides empty implementations for all methods...
public class InsertListener extends DefaultRecordListener {

    public void insertStart(RecordContext ctx) {

        // Generate an ID for inserted BOOKs
        if (ctx.record() instanceof BookRecord) {
            BookRecord book = (BookRecord) ctx.record();

Now, configure jOOQ's runtime to load your listener

// Create a configuration with an appropriate listener provider:
Configuration configuration = new DefaultConfiguration().set(connection).set(dialect);
configuration.set(new DefaultRecordListenerProvider(new InsertListener()));

// Create a DSLContext from the above configuration
DSLContext create = DSL.using(configuration);

For a full documentation of what RecordListener can do, please consider the RecordListener Javadoc. Note that RecordListener instances can be registered with a Configuration independently of ExecuteListeners.


A RecordListener does not act as a client-side trigger. As such, it does not affect any bulk DML statements (e.g. UPDATE statement), whose affected records are not available to clients. For those purposes, use a server-side trigger if records should be changed, or a org.jooq.VisitListener if the SQL query should be changed independently of data.

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