[Solved] AnnotationException: Unknown Id.generator

Hibernate/JPA “AnnotationException: Unknown Id Generator” is very common exception for database based application development this exception occurred because of @SequenceGenerator for @ID not configured properly.


Running the following Hibernate’s/Spring Boot JPA annotation sequence generator with PostgreSQL/SQL Server database.

	@Column(name="employee_id", nullable=false)	
	@GeneratedValue(strategy = GenerationType.SEQUENCE ,generator="employee_id_seq")
	private Integer employeeId;

Throw the following Hibernate/JPA Unknown Id.generator exception.

Caused by: org.hibernate.AnnotationException: Unknown Id.generator: employee_id_seq
	at org.hibernate.cfg.BinderHelper.makeIdGenerator(BinderHelper.java:413)
	at org.hibernate.cfg.AnnotationBinder.bindId(AnnotationBinder.java:1795)
	at org.hibernate.cfg.AnnotationBinder.processElementAnnotations(AnnotationBinder.java:1229)
	at org.hibernate.cfg.AnnotationBinder.bindClass(AnnotationBinder.java:733)

The sequence “employee_user_id_seq” is created in PostgreSQL/SQLServer database, what caused the above “AnnotationException: Unknown Id Generator”?


When declaring the ID generator startegy in Hibernate’s/JPA, use property with annotation @SequenceGenerator annotation strategy in entity class. Try the above case as following:

	@Column(name="employee_id", nullable=false)	
	@SequenceGenerator(name="my_seq", sequenceName="employee_id_seq")
	@GeneratedValue(strategy = GenerationType.SEQUENCE ,generator="my_seq")
	private Integer employeeId;

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