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Use the @Column annotation to specify a mapped column for a persistent property or field. If no Column annotation is specified, the default values, as shown in the table below, apply.

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For more information, see Section 11.1.9 "Column Annotation" in the JPA Specification.

@Column Annotation Attributes
Attribute Description Default Required?
name The name of the column. The property or field name. No
unique Whether the column is a unique key. This is a shortcut for the UniqueConstraint annotation at the table level and is useful for when the unique key constraint corresponds to only a single column. This constraint applies in addition to any constraint entailed by primary key mapping and to constraints specified at the table level. false No
nullable Whether the database column is nullable. true No
insertable Whether the column is included in SQL INSERT statements generated by the persistence provider. true No
updatable Whether the column is included in SQL UPDATE statements generated by the persistence provider. true No
columnDefinition The SQL fragment that is used when generating the DDL for the column. Generated DDL to create a column of the inferred type. No
table The name of the table that contains the column. If absent the column is assumed to be in the primary table for the mapped object. Column is in primary table. No
length The column length. (Applies only if a string-valued column is used.) 255 No
precision The precision for a decimal (exact numeric) column. (Applies only if a decimal column is used.) 0 (Value must be set by developer.) No
scale The scale for a decimal (exact numeric) column. (Applies only if a decimal column is used.) 0 No

The following example shows how to use the @Column annotation, with values to override the defaults for updatable, precision, and scale.

Example: @Column Annotation
@Column(name="ORDER_COST", updatable=false, precision=12, scale=2)
public BigDecimal getCost() { return cost; }

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