Integrating Quartz with Spring

When it comes to scheduling jobs in a java application, Quartz is the first tool that comes into consideration.

Quartz is job scheduler backed up by most popular RDBMSes.
It is really convenient and gets integrated with spring quite easy.

In order to create the quartz schema you have to download the quartz distribution
and extract the folder located in quartz-2.2.3/docs/dbTables/

Choose the quartz schema according to the database that you use.
In our case we will use a local h2 database therefore I will use the tables_h2.sql schema.

In order to avoid any manual sql actions i will use the Spring boot database initialization feature.

Let’s start with our gradle file.

group 'com.gkatzioura'
version '1.0-SNAPSHOT'

apply plugin: 'java'

sourceCompatibility = 1.8

buildscript {
    repositories {
    dependencies {

apply plugin: 'idea'
apply plugin: 'spring-boot'

repositories {

dependencies {
    compile group: 'org.springframework.boot', name: 'spring-boot-starter-web', version: '1.3.3.RELEASE'
    compile group: 'org.springframework', name: 'spring-context-support', version: '4.2.4.RELEASE'
    compile group: 'org.springframework', name:'spring-jdbc', version: '4.2.4.RELEASE'
    compile group: 'org.quartz-scheduler', name: 'quartz', version: '2.2.3'
    compile group: 'ch.qos.logback', name: 'logback-core', version:'1.1.3'
    compile group: 'ch.qos.logback', name: 'logback-classic',version:'1.1.3'
    compile group: 'org.slf4j', name: 'slf4j-api',version:'1.7.13'
    compile group: 'com.h2database', name: 'h2', version:'1.4.192'
    testCompile group: 'junit', name: 'junit', version: '4.11'

Apart from the quartz, spring and h2 dependencies, we add the spring-jdbc dependencies since we want to have the database initialized through spring.

We will also add an application.yml file

    continueOnError: true
      instanceName: spring-boot-quartz-demo
      instanceId: AUTO
      threadCount: 5
  startDelay: 0
  repeatInterval: 60000
  description: Sample job
  key: StatisticsJob

Due to the schema creation statements (lack of create if not exists statements), I set spring.datasource.continueOnError to false. According to your implementation the workaround will vary.

The application class

package com.gkatzioura.springquartz;

import org.springframework.boot.SpringApplication;
import org.springframework.boot.autoconfigure.SpringBootApplication;
import org.springframework.context.ApplicationContext;

 * Created by gkatzioura on 6/6/16.
public class Application {

    public static void main(String[] args) {

        SpringApplication springApplication = new SpringApplication();
        ApplicationContext ctx =,args);

The h2 datasource configuration neeeded by quartz

package com.gkatzioura.springquartz.config;

import org.h2.jdbcx.JdbcDataSource;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Bean;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;

import javax.sql.DataSource;

 * Created by gkatzioura on 6/6/16.
public class QuartzDataSource {

    //Since it a test database it will be located at the temp directory
    private static final String TMP_DIR = System.getProperty("");

    public DataSource dataSource() {

        JdbcDataSource ds = new JdbcDataSource();

        return ds;


In our case we want to sent ‘spam’ emails every minute, therefore we define a simple email service

package com.gkatzioura.springquartz.service;

import org.slf4j.Logger;
import org.slf4j.LoggerFactory;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Service;

 * Created by gkatzioura on 6/7/16.
public class EmailService {

    private static final Logger LOGGER = LoggerFactory.getLogger(EmailService.class);

    public void sendSpam() {"Should send emails");


I will also implement a SpringBeanJobFactory

package com.gkatzioura.springquartz.quartz;

import org.quartz.spi.TriggerFiredBundle;
import org.springframework.beans.BeansException;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.config.AutowireCapableBeanFactory;
import org.springframework.context.ApplicationContext;
import org.springframework.context.ApplicationContextAware;
import org.springframework.scheduling.quartz.SpringBeanJobFactory;

 * Created by gkatzioura on 6/7/16.
public class QuartzJobFactory extends SpringBeanJobFactory implements ApplicationContextAware {

    private transient AutowireCapableBeanFactory beanFactory;

    public void setApplicationContext(ApplicationContext applicationContext) throws BeansException {

        beanFactory = applicationContext.getAutowireCapableBeanFactory();

    protected Object createJobInstance(TriggerFiredBundle bundle) throws Exception {

        final Object job = super.createJobInstance(bundle);
        return job;

QuartzJobFactory will create the job instance and the will use the application context in order to inject any dependencies defined.

Next step is defining our job

package com.gkatzioura.springquartz.job;

import com.gkatzioura.springquartz.service.EmailService;
import org.quartz.Job;
import org.quartz.JobExecutionContext;
import org.quartz.JobExecutionException;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;

 * Created by gkatzioura on 6/6/16.
public class EmailJob implements Job {

    private EmailService cronService;

    public void execute(JobExecutionContext context) throws JobExecutionException {


Last step is adding quartz config

package com.gkatzioura.springquartz.config;

import com.gkatzioura.springquartz.job.EmailJob;
import com.gkatzioura.springquartz.quartz.QuartzJobFactory;
import org.quartz.SimpleTrigger;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Value;
import org.springframework.context.ApplicationContext;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Bean;
import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;
import org.springframework.scheduling.quartz.JobDetailFactoryBean;
import org.springframework.scheduling.quartz.SchedulerFactoryBean;
import org.springframework.scheduling.quartz.SimpleTriggerFactoryBean;

import javax.sql.DataSource;
import java.util.Properties;

 * Created by gkatzioura on 6/7/16.
public class QuartzConfig {

    private String instanceName;

    private String instanceId;

    private String threadCount;

    private Long startDelay;

    private Long repeatInterval;

    private String description;

    private String key;

    private DataSource dataSource;

    public org.quartz.spi.JobFactory jobFactory(ApplicationContext applicationContext) {

        QuartzJobFactory sampleJobFactory = new QuartzJobFactory();
        return sampleJobFactory;

    public SchedulerFactoryBean schedulerFactoryBean(ApplicationContext applicationContext) {

        SchedulerFactoryBean factory = new SchedulerFactoryBean();


        Properties quartzProperties = new Properties();



        return factory;

    @Bean(name = "emailJobTrigger")
    public SimpleTriggerFactoryBean emailJobTrigger() {

        SimpleTriggerFactoryBean factoryBean = new SimpleTriggerFactoryBean();
        return factoryBean;

    @Bean(name = "emailJobDetails")
    public JobDetailFactoryBean emailJobDetails() {

        JobDetailFactoryBean jobDetailFactoryBean = new JobDetailFactoryBean();

        return jobDetailFactoryBean;

What we did is creating a scheduler factory bean using the QuartzJobFactory we defined and we registered the triggers needed for our jobs to run. In our case we implemented a simple trigger running every minute.

You can find the source code on github

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