Idan Fridman

About Idan Fridman

Idan is Software engineer with experience in Server side technologies. Idan is responsible for various infrastructure models in the software industry(Telecommunications, Finance).

Mapping your Entities to DTO’s Using Java 8 Lambda expressions

We all facing the cluttered overhead code when we need to convert our DTO’S to Entities(Hibernate Entities, etc..) and backwards.

In my example ill demonstrate how the code is getting much shorter with Java 8.

Let’s create the Target DTO:

public class ActiveUserListDTO {

    public ActiveUserListDTO() {

    public ActiveUserListDTO(UserEntity userEntity) {

        this.username = userEntity.getUsername();


A simple find method to retrieve all entities using Spring data JPA API:



Find.All() method signature (like many others) returns java.lang.Iterable<T>

      java.lang.Iterable<T> findAll(java.lang.Iterable<ID> iterable)

We can’t make a Stream out of java.lang.Iterable(* Streams working on collections. Every Collection is Iterable but not every Iterable is necessary a collection).

So how do we get a Stream object in order to get Java8 Lambda’s Power?

Let’s use StreamSupport object to convert Iterable into Stream:

Stream<UserEntity> userEntityStream =, false);

Great. Now we’ve got Stream in our hands which is the key to our Java 8 labmda’s!

What’s left is to map and collect:

List<ActiveUserList> activeUserListDTOs =

I am using Java 8 Method Reference and therefor initiating (and mapping) each entity into dto.

So let’s make one short line out of everything:

List<ActiveUserList>, false).map(ActiveUserList::new).collect(Collectors.toList());

That’s neat!!


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One Response to "Mapping your Entities to DTO’s Using Java 8 Lambda expressions"

  1. Yannick Majoros says:

    A DTO shouldn’t know about the entities it maps to. “Conversion” should be made elsewhere to avoid coupling them.

    BTW, I hope you think twice because having all entities duplicated as “DTO’s”. Is it needed in your use case? I saw too much projects where this was done blindly without added value.

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