How do you inject a list of objects?

Say I have an interface, like WidgetGroker, and I have several implementations of WidgetGroker. I want my Component to have a class layout like this:

class JiraEventListener {

private Collection<WidgetGroker> grokers;


public JiraEventListener(Collection<WidgetGroker> theGrokers) {

    this.grokers = theGrokers;




public void eventListener(...) { .... }

// ...


I tried this and spring exploded with "no unique bean" errors or "no matching ctor" or whatever. Is there a way to do this? I have a <component> thing in my atlassian-plugin.xml for each implementation of WidgetGroker as well as a proper listener definition for JiraEventListener.



EDIT: formatting fail =(

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You can do that by adding a Spring configuration file in resources/META-INF/spring/plugin-components.xml

&lt;?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?&gt;
&lt;beans xmlns=""

  &lt;bean id="jiraEventListener" class=""&gt;
        &lt;ref bean="groker1"/&gt;
        &lt;ref bean="groker2"/&gt;
        &lt;ref bean="groker3"/&gt;


Awesome! I will try this out and accept your answer when I get it working =D

Hi Carl, let us know if this answer works for you :)

Sorry it took me so long to find time to test this answer - it totally works for me! Thanks very much! =D

BTW, if your constructor takes multiple arguments, you probably have to list them too - so my actual code looks something like this:

&lt;bean id="blah"&gt;
  &lt;constructor-arg ref="arg1"/&gt;
  &lt;constructor-arg ref="arg1"/&gt;
  &lt;constructor-arg ref="arg2"/&gt;
      &lt;ref bean="arg3-item1"/&gt;
      &lt;ref bean="arg3-item2"/&gt;
  &lt;constructor-arg ref="arg4"/&gt;
  &lt;!-- .... --&gt;

EDIT: fixed the code - recently realized it wasn't quite right.

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