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How can I decorate the REST response in Spring (Boot)?

Posted by: admin December 28, 2021 Leave a comment


I’ve got a Spring Boot application that returns various objects that get encoded as JSON responses and I’d like to post-process them and add information to certain super classes.

Is there a way to filter, intercept, etc. the object responses from my REST endpoints before they get encoded to JSON with Jackson.

A filter won’t work since it operates at the HttpServlet{Request,Response} level.


I guess ResponseBodyAdvice is your friend. Basically it:

Allows customizing the response after the execution of an
@ResponseBody or a ResponseEntity controller method but before the
body is written with an HttpMessageConverter.
Implementations may be may be registered directly with
RequestMappingHandlerAdapter and ExceptionHandlerExceptionResolver or
more likely annotated with @ControllerAdvice in which case they will
be auto-detected by both.

Here i’m intercepting all the returned Strings and make them uppercase:

public class MyResponseBodyAdvisor implements ResponseBodyAdvice<String> {
    public boolean supports(MethodParameter returnType, Class<? extends HttpMessageConverter<?>> converterType) {
        return returnType.getParameterType().equals(String.class);

    public String beforeBodyWrite(String body, MethodParameter returnType, MediaType selectedContentType, Class<? extends HttpMessageConverter<?>> selectedConverterType, ServerHttpRequest request, ServerHttpResponse response) {
        return body.toUpperCase();