JSP Servlet Filter


Servlet Filters are the latest components that are added in Servlet 2.3 specifications. These filters are used basically for intercepting and modifying requests and response from server.  Consider a scenario where you want to check session from the every users request and if it is valid then only you want to let the user access the page. You can acheive this by checking sessions on all the servlet pages (or JSP pages) which users queries or you can do this by using Filter.

import java.io.IOException;
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 LogFilter implements Filter {
    public void doFilter(ServletRequest req, ServletResponse res,
            FilterChain chain) throws IOException, ServletException {
        HttpServletRequest request = (HttpServletRequest) req;
        //Get the IP address of client machine.
        String ipAddress = request.getRemoteAddr();
        //Log the IP address and current timestamp.
        System.out.println("IP "+ipAddress + ", Time "
                            + new Date().toString());
        chain.doFilter(req, res);
    public void init(FilterConfig config) throws ServletException {
        //Get init parameter
        String testParam = config.getInitParameter("test-param");
        //Print the init parameter
        System.out.println("Test Param: " + testParam);
    public void destroy() {
        //add code to release any resource
in Web.xml file:
        <param-value>This parameter is for testing.</param-value>

process sequence

Any processing you want to occur before the target resource is invoked must be prior to the chain doFilter() call. Any processing you want to occur after the completion of the target resource must be after the chain doFilter() call. This can include directly setting headers on the response.


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