[ACCEPTED]-How to copy properties from one Java bean to another?-javabeans

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Score: 12

I guess if you look at the source code of 7 BeanUtils, it will show you how to do this 6 without actually using BeanUtils.

If you 5 simply want to create a copy of a POJO (not 4 quite the same thing as copying the properties 3 from one POJO to another), you could change 2 the source bean to implement the clone() method 1 and the Cloneable interface.

Score: 11

I had the same problem when developing an 5 app for Google App Engine, where I couldn't 4 use BeanUtils due to commons Logging restrictions. Anyway, I 3 came up with this solution and worked just 2 fine for me.

public static void copyProperties(Object fromObj, Object toObj) {
    Class<? extends Object> fromClass = fromObj.getClass();
    Class<? extends Object> toClass = toObj.getClass();

    try {
        BeanInfo fromBean = Introspector.getBeanInfo(fromClass);
        BeanInfo toBean = Introspector.getBeanInfo(toClass);

        PropertyDescriptor[] toPd = toBean.getPropertyDescriptors();
        List<PropertyDescriptor> fromPd = Arrays.asList(fromBean

        for (PropertyDescriptor propertyDescriptor : toPd) {
            PropertyDescriptor pd = fromPd.get(fromPd
            if (pd.getDisplayName().equals(
                    && !pd.getDisplayName().equals("class")) {
                 if(propertyDescriptor.getWriteMethod() != null)                
                         propertyDescriptor.getWriteMethod().invoke(toObj, pd.getReadMethod().invoke(fromObj, null));

    } catch (IntrospectionException e) {
    } catch (IllegalArgumentException e) {
    } catch (IllegalAccessException e) {
    } catch (InvocationTargetException e) {

Any enhancements or recomendations 1 are really welcome.

Score: 3

Another alternative is MapStruct which generates 4 mapping code at build time, resulting in 3 type-safe mappings which don't require any 2 dependencies at runtime (Disclaimer: I'm 1 the author of MapStruct).

Score: 3

Hey friends just use my created ReflectionUtil 11 class for copy one bean values to another 10 similar bean. This class will also copy 9 Collections object.


Note: This bean must have 8 similar variables name with type and have 7 getter and setters for them.

Now more functionalities 6 are added. You can also copy one entity 5 data to its bean. If one entity has another 4 entity in it then you can pass map option 3 for runtime change of inner entity to its 2 related bean.


ParentEntity parentEntityObject = getParentDataFromDB();
Map<Class<?>, Class<?>> map = new HashMap<Class<?>, Class<?>>();
map.put(InnerBean1.class, InnerEntity1.class);
map.put(InnerBean2.class, InnerEntity2.class);
ParentBean parent = ReflectionUtil.copy(ParentBean.class, parentEntityObject, map);

This case is very useful 1 when your Entities contains relationship.

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Have a look at the JavaBeans API, in particular the Introspector class. You 4 can use the BeanInfo metadata to get and set properties. It 3 is a good idea to read up on the JavaBeans specification if you 2 haven't already. It also helps to have a 1 passing familiarity with the reflection API.

Score: 1

There is no simple way to do it. Introspector 7 and the Java beans libraries are monolithic 6 - BeanUtils is a simple wrapper around this 5 and works well. Not having libraries just 4 to not have libraries is a bad idea in general 3 - there's a reason it's commons to begin 2 with - common functionality that should 1 exist with Java, but doesn't.

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I ran into some problems with Introspector.getBeanInfo not returning 2 all the properties, so I ended up implementing 1 a field copy instead of property copy.

public static <T> void copyFields(T target, T source) throws Exception{
    Class<?> clazz = source.getClass();

    for (Field field : clazz.getFields()) {
        Object value = field.get(source);
        field.set(target, value);
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You can achieve it using Java Reflection API.

public static <T> void copy(T target, T source) throws Exception {
    Class<?> clazz = source.getClass();

    for (Field field : clazz.getDeclaredFields()) {
        if (Modifier.isPrivate(field.getModifiers()))
        Object value = field.get(source);
        field.set(target, value);


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