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How to count the total records using Projections?

The example below show how to get total row count using the Projections.rowCount(). The result of this query will be a single object of Integer that contains the result of executing an SQL select count (*) command.

package com.javacoderanch.example.hibernate.criteria;

import org.hibernate.SessionFactory;
import org.hibernate.Session;
import org.hibernate.HibernateException;
import org.hibernate.Criteria;
import org.hibernate.criterion.Projections;
import org.hibernate.cfg.AnnotationConfiguration;
import com.javacoderanch.example.hibernate.model.Track;

import java.util.List;

public class ProjectionsCountDemo {
    private static final SessionFactory sessionFactory;

    static {
        try {
            sessionFactory = new AnnotationConfiguration().
        catch (Throwable ex) {
            throw new ExceptionInInitializerError(ex);

    public static Session getSession() throws HibernateException {
        return sessionFactory.openSession();

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        final Session session = getSession();
        try {
            Criteria criteria = session.createCriteria(Track.class)

            List result = criteria.list();
            if (!result.isEmpty()) {
                Integer rowCount = (Integer) result.get(0);
                System.out.println("Total records: " + rowCount);
        } finally {