Filter Mapping in Web.xml with JSP Servlet Example

What is JSP Filter?

  • Filters in web.xml are used for filtering functionality of the Java web application.
  • They intercept the requests from client before they try to access the resource
  • They manipulate the responses from the server and sent to the client.

Types of Filters in JSP

  • Authentication filters
  • Data compression filters
  • Encryption filters
  • MIME chain filters
  • Logging Filters
  • Tokenizing filters

Filters are defined in web.xml, and they are a map to servlet or JSP. When JSP container starts with the web application, it creates the instance of each filter in web.xml that have been declared in the deployment descriptor.

JSP Filter Methods

Following are the filter methods:

Public void doFilter(ServletRequest,ServletResponse, FilterChain)

This is called everytime when a request/response is passed from every client when it is requested from a resource.

Public void init(FilterConfig)

This is to indicate that filter in JSP is placed into service

Public void destroy()

This to indicate the filter has been taken out from service.


In this example, we have created filter and mapped in Java web.xml filter

package demotest;

import java.util.Date;

import javax.servlet.Filter; 
import javax.servlet.FilterChain; 
import javax.servlet.FilterConfig; 
import javax.servlet.ServletException; 
import javax.servlet.ServletRequest; 
import javax.servlet.ServletResponse; 
import Javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;

public class GuruFilter implements Filter {
	public void doFilter(ServletRequest request, ServletResponse response, Filterchain chain) throws IOException, ServletException {
		// TODO Auto-generated method stub 
		HttpServletRequest req = (HttpServletRequest) request;
		String ipAddress = req.getRemoteAddr(); 
		System.out.println("IP Address "+ipAddress + ", Time is" 
							+ new Date().toString());
		// pass the request along the filter chain 
		chain.doFilter(request, response);
	* @see Filter#init(FilterConfig)
	public void init(FilterConfig fConfig) throws ServletException {
	String guruparam = fConfig.getInitParameter("guru-param");
	//Print the init parameter 
	System.out.println("Test Param: " + guruparam);


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<web-app id="WebApp_ID" version="2.4" xmlns="" xmlns:xsi=""
		<param-value>This is guru paramter</param-value>

Explanation of the code

Code Line 17-32: Here we are using “doFilter” method where we are getting request object(in our example the request object is req(HttpServletRequest object)) and get the remote address of the client and printing on the console and also printing date and time on the console.

Code Line 33-37: Here we are using init method where we are taking the init parameter and printing init parameter in the console.


Code Line 10-11 – Filter mapping in web.xml for GuruFilter with the class name where we have filter-name as GuruFilter and filter class which is directory path of GuruFilter class

Code Line 13-15 – Mapping the init parameter named guru-param and getting the value of it which is placed under filter tag so this init-param has been defined for gurufilter


When you execute the above code, you get the following output:

JSP Filter Methods

  • The output is Test Param from the init parameter
  • And fetching IP address, date and time of it.