Servlets - SPLessons

Servlet Context

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Servlet Context

Servlet Context

shape Description

Servlet Context is created by the servlet container at the time of deploying in the web apps or server. Only one context object is created by the web application. This ServletContext is used by every servlet which is in the web.xml file and it acts as a global variable for all servlets which are inside the web apps on the web.xml The servlet context object is used to get the information from web.xml file by using context-param. Following is the syntax.

First call: ServletContext context = getServletContext();

Next call: String contextName = getInitParameter();

Methods of ServletContext

shape Methods

Method Description
getInitParameter(String name) It returns the param-value in the web.xml context tag and the return type is string .
getMimeType(String file) It returns the MIME type of content like text/html, images and the return type is string .
getServerInfo() It returns the server version and name of which servlet is running and the return type is string .
getContext(String uripath) It returns the ServletContext object corresponding to specified URL on the server and the return type is ServletContext.
setAttribute(String name, object) It is for bind an object to an given attribute name is this ServletContext, if already exist the name then this method replace with the new of new attribute.
getAttribute(String name) It returns the servlet container attribute with the given name and the return type is object.
getInitParameterNames() It returns the names of context’s initialization parameter and the return type is enumerator.

shape Example


       <param-value>Welcome to SpLessons</param-value>  


In the case that any data is shared to numerous servlet, it is ideal to give it from the web.xml record utilizing the component. Here the developer is passing the details from parameters, here did not create any HTML page.

import javax.servlet.ServletContext;
import javax.servlet.ServletException;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;

public class DemoServletContext extends HttpServlet {
	public void doGet(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response)
			throws ServletException, IOException {
		PrintWriter out = response.getWriter();
        ServletContext context = getServletContext();
        String fullname = context.getInitParameter("user_name");
<h2>This value get from web.xml ::<b>"+fullname+"</b></h2>



Here the purpose of setContentType(“text/html”) is that, It basically tells the client what content type it is so that it knows what to do with it. The doGet() method is utilized to send parameters to an URL along with the header information. PrintWriter is utilized print content information to a character stream and getWriter Returns a PrintWriter object that can send character content to the client.
Output will be as follows on the server.

Difference between ServletConfig and ServletContext


  • It is available in javax.servlet.*; package
  • It’s object is one per servlet class
  • The tag will be appear under tag


  • It is available in javax.servlet.*; package
  • It’s object is global to all.
  • The tag will be appear under tag


shape Key Points

  • Servlet Context – <context-parameter > is the element and it will be declared in web.xml file.
  • Servlet Context is easy to maintain.
  • PrintWriter is utilized to display character information of an output.