7.4. Closing the EntityManagerFactory

public boolean isOpen ();
public void close ();

EntityManagerFactory instances are heavyweight objects. Each factory might maintain a metadata cache, object state cache, EntityManager pool, connection pool, and more. If your application no longer needs an EntityManagerFactory, you should close it to free these resources. When an EntityManagerFactory closes, all EntityManagers from that factory, and by extension all entities managed by those EntityManagers, become invalid. Attempting to close an EntityManagerFactory while one or more of its EntityManagers has an active transaction may result in an IllegalStateException.

Closing an EntityManagerFactory should not be taken lightly. It is much better to keep a factory open for a long period of time than to repeatedly create and close new factories. Thus, most applications will never close the factory, or only close it when the application is exiting. Only applications that require multiple factories with different configurations have an obvious reason to create and close multiple EntityManagerFactory instances. Once a factory is closed, all methods except isOpen throw an IllegalStateException.


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