Application Level Variables in a Servlet

Posted on 2002-04-09
Last Modified: 2013-11-24
Can you have application level variables in a servlet?  If so, how can you store an object at that level?  Could you give me a code example please.
Question by:CodeHead

Expert Comment

ID: 6929183
Hai CodeHead,

  Whatever you have defined outside all the methods, will be treated as application level scope.  

public class TestServlet extends HttpServlet
   private String testString = null;
   public void init(....

   public void service(....

Eventhough, the testString is private, it is visible across users and in application scope.

Any variable that is defined within the method is private to that method.  Any variable that is outside all the methods will be treated in application scope.

All the best


Expert Comment

ID: 6929189
Application level variables are declared as "static" varables in the servlet class.  

if you had the following declared in the class

private static int count = 4;

each user accessing the servlet would "see" the same value and once changed any future users accessing would see the changed value.

This works for all type of objects declared as static.

Accepted Solution

pellep earned 50 total points
ID: 6929230
ServletContext application = getServletConfig().getServletContext();

String somethingToStore = "test";
application.setAttribute("an_appilcation_level_variable", somethingToStore);

String somethingToRetreive = (String) application.getAttribute("an_appilcation_level_variable");
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Expert Comment

ID: 6929714
The servlet context is in the application set your attributes there.

If, in your JSP you have:

<jsp:useBean id="myObject" class="" scope="application" />

In your servlet, you would have the following equivalent code:

Object obj = getServletContext().getAttribute("myObject");
if(obj==null || (!obj instanceof {
   obj = new;
   getServletContext().setAttribute("myObject", obj);


Expert Comment

ID: 6929716
oops...sorry...I put the bang (!) inside the parentheses by bad.


Expert Comment

ID: 6930657
pellep has the correct answer..

application variable can be set using ServletContext.. in one web application (WAR), there will be only one instance of ServletContext ..

comment form RichardA
>Application level variables are declared as "static" varables in the servlet class.  
>if you had the following declared in the class
>private static int count = 4;

There is not necessary to put "static" keyword in class since Servlet XXXX only has 1 instance in the whole web application (WAR), but there may be 1 or more thread accessing the same instance (depends on the request from browser).
Static keyword is needed if you want to access servlet's member from another servlet :
 Object o = Servlet123.doSomething();

In this case, doSomething should be declared as static so other servlet or classes (even jsp) can execute doSomething().

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