Spring MVC - Using RedirectAttributes

[Updated: Feb 20, 2017, Created: Mar 12, 2016]

RedirectAttributes is a sub-interface of Model.

It is a preferred way to pass attributes to redirect target.

Using Model attributes for passing redirection data is not always desirable as it may conflict some attributes used for rendering purposes.

The following example demonstrates the use of RedirectAttributes

Disable default usage of Model attributes during redirection.

The RequestMappingHandlerAdapter provides a flag called "ignoreDefaultModelOnRedirect" that can be used to indicate the content of the default Model should never be used if a controller method redirects. Instead the controller method should declare an attribute of type RedirectAttributes or if it doesn't do so no attributes should be passed on to RedirectView.

For backwards compatibility reasons this flag is set to false by default. We typically set RequestMappingHandlerAdapter#ignoreDefaultModelOnRedirect flag in our @Configuration class:

public class MyWebConfig {
    private RequestMappingHandlerAdapter requestMappingHandlerAdapter;

    public void init() {

The Controller

public class MyController {

    @RequestMapping(value = "test/{id}")
    public String handleTestRequest (@PathVariable("id") String id, Model model,
                                     RedirectAttributes ra) {
        if (!id.matches("\\d+")) {
            model.addAttribute("msg", "id should only have digits");
            return "error-page";
        } else {
            ra.addAttribute("attr", "attrVal");
            ra.addFlashAttribute("flashAttr", "flashAttrVal");
            return "redirect:/test2/{id}";

    public String handleRequest (@PathVariable("id") String id,
                                 @RequestParam("attr") String attr,
                                 @ModelAttribute("flashAttr") String flashAttr,
                                 Model model) {

        model.addAttribute("id", id);
        model.addAttribute("attr", attr);
        model.addAttribute("flashAttr", flashAttr+"");
        return "my-page";

In above example we used RedirectAttributes#addAttribute instead of Model#addAttribute to pass data to redirect target. The mechanism is same when using Model attributes.

RedirectAttributes also provides a way to add flash attributes.

What is Flash Attribute?

Flash Attributes provide a way for one request to store attributes intended to used in another controller method during URL redirection.

The flash attribute data is not sent to the client browser as a part of 'Location' URL header.

It is saved on the server side before redirection happens (saved typically in the session) and is made available in the target handler method after the redirect and then removed immediately.

We can use flash attribute as any object type and can access it in the target handler method using @ModelAttribute


<%@ page language="java"
    contentType="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1"
<p> id : ${id}</p>
<p> attr : ${attr}</p>
<p> flash attr : ${flashAttr}</p>

Example Project

Dependencies and Technologies Used:

  • Spring Web MVC 4.2.4.RELEASE: Spring Web MVC.
  • Java Servlet API 3.0.1
  • Spring TestContext Framework 4.2.4.RELEASE: Spring TestContext Framework.
  • JUnit 4.12: JUnit is a unit testing framework for Java, created by Erich Gamma and Kent Beck.
  • JDK 1.8
  • Maven 3.0.4

Spring Redirect Attributes Example Select All Download
  • spring-redirect-attributes
    • src
      • main
        • java
          • com
            • logicbig
              • example
        • webapp
          • WEB-INF
            • views
      • test
        • java
          • com
            • logicbig
              • example

Run the web application by using embedded tomcat:

mvn  clean install tomcat7:run-war

Enter the URL


The URL in the address bar will change as the result of redirection:


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