Annotation Interface Import

@Target(TYPE) @Retention(RUNTIME) @Documented public @interface Import
Indicates one or more component classes to import — typically @Configuration classes.

Provides functionality equivalent to the <import/> element in Spring XML. Allows for importing @Configuration classes, ImportSelector and ImportBeanDefinitionRegistrar implementations, as well as regular component classes (as of 4.2; analogous to AnnotationConfigApplicationContext.register(java.lang.Class<?>...)).

@Bean definitions declared in imported @Configuration classes should be accessed by using @Autowired injection. Either the bean itself can be autowired, or the configuration class instance declaring the bean can be autowired. The latter approach allows for explicit, IDE-friendly navigation between @Configuration class methods.

May be declared at the class level or as a meta-annotation.

If XML or other non-@Configuration bean definition resources need to be imported, use the @ImportResource annotation instead.

Chris Beams, Juergen Hoeller
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