dynamically change Spring data source

You can use spring’s AbstractRoutingDataSource by extending it and overriding the method determineCurrentLookupKey() that should return the key referencing the datasource’s spring bean to be used.

Take a look at this blog article on spring source’s blog which will show you an example of how to use that feature.

Basically to answer your questions, what you will need to do is to define the two datasources as different spring bean in your XML config. There is no need to create one dynamically, spring will load both, and use one or the other dynamically depending on your criteria in the determineCurrentLookupKey() method.

This would lead to something like:

XML config

<!-- first data source -->
<bean id="majorDataSource" class="org.postgresql.ds.PGSimpleDataSource">
    <property name="serverName" value="${jdbc.major.serverName}" />
    <property name="portNumber" value="${jdbc.major.portNumber}" />
    <property name="user" value="${jdbc.major.username}" />
    <property name="password" value="${jdbc.major.password}" />
    <property name="databaseName" value="${jdbc.major.databaseName}" />
<!-- second data source -->
<bean id="minorDataSource" class="org.postgresql.ds.PGSimpleDataSource">
    <property name="serverName" value="${jdbc.minor.serverName}" />
    <property name="portNumber" value="${jdbc.minor.portNumber}" />
    <property name="user" value="${jdbc.minor.username}" />
    <property name="password" value="${jdbc.minor.password}" />
    <property name="databaseName" value="${jdbc.minor.databaseName}" />
<!-- facade data source -->
<bean id="dataSource" class="blog.datasource.CustomerRoutingDataSource">
   <property name="targetDataSources">
         <entry key="MINOR" value-ref="minorDataSource"/>
         <entry key="MAJOR" value-ref="majorDataSource"/>
   <property name="defaultTargetDataSource" ref="majorDataSource"/>
<!-- wiring up -->
<bean id="transactionManager" class="org.springframework.jdbc.datasource.DataSourceTransactionManager">
    <property name="dataSource" ref="dataSource"/>
<tx:annotation-driven transaction-manager="transactionManager"/>
<bean id="sqlSessionFactory" class="org.mybatis.spring.SqlSessionFactoryBean">
    <property name="dataSource" ref="dataSource"/>
    <property name="configLocation" value="classpath:sqlmap-config.xml"/>


public class MyRoutingDataSource extends AbstractRoutingDataSource {
   protected Object determineCurrentLookupKey() {
      // get the current url
      HttpServletRequest request = ((ServletRequestAttributes) RequestContextHolder.currentRequestAttributes()).getRequest();
      if (request.getRequestURL().toString().endsWith("/minor"))
          return "MINOR";
          return "MAJOR";

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