Automatically Generating Getters and Setters with Lombok

If you are tired of writing repetitive boilerplate code for getters and setters in your Java classes, Lombok is here to save the day! Lombok is a library that helps to reduce the amount of code you need to write by automatically generating common code snippets like getters and setters. In this article, we will explore how to use Lombok to automate the generation of getters and setters in your Java classes.

Setting Up Lombok

Before we dive into generating getters and setters, let's set up Lombok in our development environment.

  1. Start by adding the Lombok library as a dependency in your project. You can easily do this by including the following Maven dependency in your pom.xml file:
  1. After adding the dependency, you need to enable Lombok in your IDE. For example, if you are using IntelliJ IDEA, you should install the Lombok plugin from the marketplace.

  2. Once the plugin is installed, enable annotation processing in your IDE's settings. For IntelliJ IDEA, go to Settings / Preferences -> Build, Execution, Deployment -> Compiler -> Annotation Processors and check the box that says "Enable annotation processing".

With Lombok set up, we are ready to start generating getters and setters automatically.

Generating Getters and Setters

To automatically generate getters and setters for your class fields, you just need to annotate your class with @Getter and/or @Setter annotations. Let's look at an example:

import lombok.Getter;
import lombok.Setter;

public class Person {
    private String name;
    private int age;

In this example, we have a Person class with two private fields: name and age. By annotating the class with @Getter and @Setter, Lombok will generate the getters and setters for these fields.

When you compile your code, Lombok's annotation processor generates the following code:

public class Person {
    private String name;
    private int age;

    public String getName() {

    public void setName(String name) { = name;

    public int getAge() {
        return this.age;

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

As you can see, Lombok automatically generates the getters and setters for you, eliminating the need to write this repetitive code manually.

Customizing Getters and Setters

Lombok provides several additional annotations that allow you to customize the behavior of the generated getters and setters. Here are a few examples:

  • @NonNull: By annotating a field with @NonNull, Lombok generates a null-check in the setter method, ensuring that the field cannot be set to null.
  • @ToString: Lombok generates a toString() method for your class, including all the field values.
  • @EqualsAndHashCode: Lombok generates equals() and hashCode() methods based on the fields of your class.

These are just a few examples of the many annotations and customization options provided by Lombok. You can explore the official Lombok documentation for more information on how to use these annotations.


In this article, we have seen how Lombok simplifies the process of generating getters and setters for our Java classes. By reducing the amount of boilerplate code we need to write, Lombok helps us write cleaner and more concise code. So, next time you find yourself writing those repetitive getters and setters, give Lombok a try and see how it can improve your development experience!

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