JSF - PrimeFaces Hello World Example using WildFly and Maven

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PrimeFaces is an open source component library for JavaServer Faces (JSF). It provides a collection of mostly visual components (widgets) that can be used by JSF programmers to build the UI for a web application. An overview of these widgets can be found at the PrimeFaces showcase.

WildFly, formerly known as JBoss AS, is an application server written in Java developed by JBoss. It implements the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) specification. WildFly runs on multiple platforms and is free and open-source software.

The following post illustrates a basic example in which we will configure, build and run a Hello World PrimeFaces example using WildFly and Maven.

Tools used:

  • JSF 2.2
  • PrimeFaces 5.3
  • WildFly 9
  • Maven 3.5

The code is built and run using Maven. Specified below is the Maven POM file which contains the needed dependencies for JSF and PrimeFaces.

In order to run the Hello World PrimeFaces application, a servlet container is needed and in this example, the WildFly implementation will be used. The deployment of the code and application server will be fully automated using the wildfly-maven-plugin. The plugin has been configured so that the HTTP listener port is set to “9090”.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">
  <modelVersion>4.0.0</modelVersion>

  <groupId>com.codenotfound</groupId>
  <artifactId>jsf-primefaces-wildfly</artifactId>
  <version>0.0.1-SNAPSHOT</version>
  <packaging>war</packaging>

  <name>JSF - PrimeFaces Hello World Example using WildFly and Maven</name>
  <url>https://www.codenotfound.com/jsf-primefaces-hello-world-example-wildfly-maven.html</url>

  <properties>
    <project.build.sourceEncoding>UTF-8</project.build.sourceEncoding>
    <java.version>1.8</java.version>

    <servlet.version>3.1.0</servlet.version>
    <jsf.version>2.2.15</jsf.version>
    <primefaces.version>6.1</primefaces.version>

    <maven-compiler-plugin.version>3.7.0</maven-compiler-plugin.version>
    <wildfly-maven-plugin.version>1.2.1.Final</wildfly-maven-plugin.version>
  </properties>

  <dependencies>
    <!-- Servlet -->
    <dependency>
      <groupId>javax.servlet</groupId>
      <artifactId>javax.servlet-api</artifactId>
      <version>${servlet.version}</version>
      <scope>provided</scope>
    </dependency>
    <!-- JSF -->
    <dependency>
      <groupId>com.sun.faces</groupId>
      <artifactId>jsf-api</artifactId>
      <version>${jsf.version}</version>
      <scope>provided</scope>
    </dependency>
    <dependency>
      <groupId>com.sun.faces</groupId>
      <artifactId>jsf-impl</artifactId>
      <version>${jsf.version}</version>
      <scope>provided</scope>
    </dependency>
    <!-- PrimeFaces -->
    <dependency>
      <groupId>org.primefaces</groupId>
      <artifactId>primefaces</artifactId>
      <version>${primefaces.version}</version>
    </dependency>
  </dependencies>

  <build>
    <plugins>
      <plugin>
        <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
        <artifactId>maven-compiler-plugin</artifactId>
        <version>${maven-compiler-plugin.version}</version>
        <configuration>
          <source>${java.version}</source>
          <target>${java.version}</target>
        </configuration>
      </plugin>
      <!-- wildfly-maven-plugin -->
      <plugin>
        <groupId>org.wildfly.plugins</groupId>
        <artifactId>wildfly-maven-plugin</artifactId>
        <version>${wildfly-maven-plugin.version}</version>
        <configuration>
          <server-args>
            <server-arg>-Djboss.http.port=9090</server-arg>
          </server-args>
        </configuration>
      </plugin>
    </plugins>
  </build>
</project>

The context path of our deployed application will be changed to '/codenotfound'. In order to achieve this on WildFly we need to add a jboss-web.xml file in the /WEB-INF directory with a '<context-root>' parameter as explained in this Stack Overflow post.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<jboss-web version="11.0" xmlns="http://www.jboss.com/xml/ns/javaee" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.jboss.com/xml/ns/javaee http://www.jboss.org/j2ee/schema/jboss-web_11_0.xsd">
  <context-root>/codenotfound</context-root>
</jboss-web>

The remaining code of the example is identical to a previous PrimeFaces Hello World example running on Jetty. Feel free to check it out if you would like to know more details.

In order to run the above example open a command prompt and execute following Maven command:

mvn wildfly:run

Maven will download the needed dependencies, compile the code, and start a WildFly instance on which the web application will be deployed. The result should be the following WildFly startup trace which mentions: Deployed "jsf-primefaces-wildfly-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.war without reporting any errors.

Note that the WildFly distribution is 159 MB to download.

[INFO] JAVA_HOME=C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_152\jre
[INFO] JBOSS_HOME=c:\code\jsf-primefaces\jsf-primefaces-wildfly\target\wildfly-run\wildfly-11.0.0.Final

[INFO] Server is starting up. Press CTRL + C to stop the server.
dec 30, 2017 6:31:27 AM org.jboss.remoting3.EndpointImpl <clinit>
INFO: JBoss Remoting version 5.0.0.Final
dec 30, 2017 6:31:27 AM org.xnio.Xnio <clinit>
INFO: XNIO version 3.5.1.Final
dec 30, 2017 6:31:27 AM org.xnio.nio.NioXnio <clinit>
INFO: XNIO NIO Implementation Version 3.5.1.Final
dec 30, 2017 6:31:27 AM org.wildfly.security.Version <clinit>
INFO: ELY00001: WildFly Elytron version 1.1.0.Final
06:31:27,549 INFO  [org.jboss.modules] (main) JBoss Modules version 1.6.1.Final
06:31:28,103 INFO  [org.jboss.msc] (main) JBoss MSC version 1.2.7.SP1
06:31:28,233 INFO  [org.jboss.as] (MSC service thread 1-7) WFLYSRV0049: WildFly Full 11.0.0.Final (WildFly Core 3.0.8.Final) starting
06:31:29,790 INFO  [org.jboss.as.controller.management-deprecated] (Controller Boot Thread) WFLYCTL0028: Attribute 'security-realm' in the resource at address '/core-service=management/management-interface=http-interface' is deprecated, and may be removed in future version. See the attribute description in the output of the read-resource-description operation to learn more about the deprecation.
06:31:29,821 INFO  [org.wildfly.security] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 19) ELY00001: WildFly Elytron version 1.1.6.Final
06:31:29,818 INFO  [org.jboss.as.controller.management-deprecated] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 18) WFLYCTL0028: Attribute 'security-realm' in the resource at address '/subsystem=undertow/server=default-server/https-listener=https' is deprecated, and may be removed in future version. See the attribute description in the output of the read-resource-description operation to learn more about the deprecation.
06:31:29,887 INFO  [org.jboss.as.server] (Controller Boot Thread) WFLYSRV0039: Creating http management service using socket-binding (management-http)
06:31:29,899 INFO  [org.xnio] (MSC service thread 1-7) XNIO version 3.5.4.Final
06:31:29,905 INFO  [org.xnio.nio] (MSC service thread 1-7) XNIO NIO Implementation Version 3.5.4.Final
06:31:29,930 INFO  [org.jboss.as.jaxrs] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 43) WFLYRS0016: RESTEasy version 3.0.24.Final
06:31:29,940 WARN  [org.jboss.as.txn] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 58) WFLYTX0013: The node-identifier attribute on the /subsystem=transactions is set to the default value. This is a danger for environments running multiple servers. Please make sure the attribute value is unique.
06:31:29,941 INFO  [org.jboss.as.security] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 57) WFLYSEC0002: Activating Security Subsystem
06:31:29,946 INFO  [org.wildfly.extension.io] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 41) WFLYIO001: Worker 'default' has auto-configured to 8 core threads with 64 task threads based on your 4 available processors
06:31:29,949 INFO  [org.jboss.as.security] (MSC service thread 1-4) WFLYSEC0001: Current PicketBox version=5.0.2.Final
06:31:29,958 INFO  [org.jboss.as.webservices] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 60) WFLYWS0002: Activating WebServices Extension
06:31:29,965 INFO  [org.jboss.as.naming] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 50) WFLYNAM0001: Activating Naming Subsystem
06:31:29,968 INFO  [org.jboss.as.clustering.infinispan] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 42) WFLYCLINF0001: Activating Infinispan subsystem.
06:31:29,970 INFO  [org.jboss.as.connector] (MSC service thread 1-2) WFLYJCA0009: Starting JCA Subsystem (WildFly/IronJacamar 1.4.6.Final)
06:31:29,979 INFO  [org.jboss.as.jsf] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 48) WFLYJSF0007: Activated the following JSF Implementations: [main]
06:31:30,009 INFO  [org.jboss.as.naming] (MSC service thread 1-2) WFLYNAM0003: Starting Naming Service
06:31:30,011 INFO  [org.jboss.as.mail.extension] (MSC service thread 1-2) WFLYMAIL0001: Bound mail session [java:jboss/mail/Default]
06:31:30,071 INFO  [org.jboss.as.connector.subsystems.datasources] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 36) WFLYJCA0004: Deploying JDBC-compliant driver class org.h2.Driver (version 1.4)
06:31:30,106 INFO  [org.jboss.as.connector.deployers.jdbc] (MSC service thread 1-2) WFLYJCA0018: Started Driver service with driver-name = h2
06:31:30,173 INFO  [org.jboss.remoting] (MSC service thread 1-7) JBoss Remoting version 5.0.5.Final
06:31:30,196 INFO  [org.wildfly.extension.undertow] (MSC service thread 1-2) WFLYUT0003: Undertow 1.4.18.Final starting
06:31:30,300 INFO  [org.jboss.as.ejb3] (MSC service thread 1-2) WFLYEJB0482: Strict pool mdb-strict-max-pool is using a max instance size of 16 (per class), which is derived from the number of CPUs on this host.
06:31:30,301 INFO  [org.jboss.as.ejb3] (MSC service thread 1-3) WFLYEJB0481: Strict pool slsb-strict-max-pool is using a max instance size of 64 (per class), which is derived from thread worker pool sizing.
06:31:30,386 INFO  [org.wildfly.extension.undertow] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 59) WFLYUT0014: Creating file handler for path 'c:\code\jsf-primefaces\jsf-primefaces-wildfly\target\wildfly-run\wildfly-11.0.0.Final/welcome-content' with options [directory-listing: 'false', follow-symlink: 'false', case-sensitive: 'true', safe-symlink-paths: '[]']
06:31:30,407 INFO  [org.wildfly.extension.undertow] (MSC service thread 1-6) WFLYUT0012: Started server default-server.
06:31:30,409 INFO  [org.wildfly.extension.undertow] (MSC service thread 1-6) WFLYUT0018: Host default-host starting
06:31:30,417 INFO  [org.jboss.as.ejb3] (MSC service thread 1-7) WFLYEJB0493: EJB subsystem suspension complete
06:31:30,497 INFO  [org.wildfly.extension.undertow] (MSC service thread 1-4) WFLYUT0006: Undertow HTTP listener default listening on 127.0.0.1:9090
06:31:30,595 INFO  [org.jboss.as.connector.subsystems.datasources] (MSC service thread 1-1) WFLYJCA0001: Bound data source [java:jboss/datasources/ExampleDS]
06:31:30,629 INFO  [org.jboss.as.patching] (MSC service thread 1-5) WFLYPAT0050: WildFly Full cumulative patch ID is: base, one-off patches include: none
06:31:30,644 WARN  [org.jboss.as.domain.management.security] (MSC service thread 1-5) WFLYDM0111: Keystore c:\code\jsf-primefaces\jsf-primefaces-wildfly\target\wildfly-run\wildfly-11.0.0.Final\standalone\configuration\application.keystore not found, it will be auto generated on first use with a self signed certificate for host localhost
06:31:30,650 INFO  [org.jboss.as.server.deployment.scanner] (MSC service thread 1-1) WFLYDS0013: Started FileSystemDeploymentService for directory c:\code\jsf-primefaces\jsf-primefaces-wildfly\target\wildfly-run\wildfly-11.0.0.Final\standalone\deployments
06:31:30,964 INFO  [org.wildfly.extension.undertow] (MSC service thread 1-6) WFLYUT0006: Undertow HTTPS listener https listening on 127.0.0.1:8443
06:31:31,132 INFO  [org.jboss.ws.common.management] (MSC service thread 1-6) JBWS022052: Starting JBossWS 5.1.9.Final (Apache CXF 3.1.12)
06:31:31,308 INFO  [org.jboss.as.server] (Controller Boot Thread) WFLYSRV0212: Resuming server
06:31:31,316 INFO  [org.jboss.as] (Controller Boot Thread) WFLYSRV0060: Http management interface listening on http://127.0.0.1:9990/management
06:31:31,317 INFO  [org.jboss.as] (Controller Boot Thread) WFLYSRV0051: Admin console listening on http://127.0.0.1:9990
06:31:31,317 INFO  [org.jboss.as] (Controller Boot Thread) WFLYSRV0025: WildFly Full 11.0.0.Final (WildFly Core 3.0.8.Final) started in 4284ms - Started 292 of 553 services (347 services are lazy, passive or on-demand)
06:31:31,589 INFO  [org.jboss.as.repository] (management-handler-thread - 1) WFLYDR0001: Content added at location c:\code\jsf-primefaces\jsf-primefaces-wildfly\target\wildfly-run\wildfly-11.0.0.Final\standalone\data\content\15\5d6df8fb371d9a0239a10abdbc0d307ce809b9\content
06:31:31,605 INFO  [org.jboss.as.server.deployment] (MSC service thread 1-2) WFLYSRV0027: Starting deployment of "jsf-primefaces-wildfly-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.war" (runtime-name: "jsf-primefaces-wildfly-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.war")
06:31:32,523 INFO  [org.infinispan.factories.GlobalComponentRegistry] (MSC service thread 1-3) ISPN000128: Infinispan version: Infinispan 'Chakra' 8.2.8.Final
06:31:32,667 WARN  [org.jboss.weld.deployer] (MSC service thread 1-2) WFLYWELD0013: Deployment jsf-primefaces-wildfly-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.war contains CDI annotations but no bean archive was found (no beans.xml or class with bean defining annotations was present).
06:31:32,832 INFO  [org.jboss.as.clustering.infinispan] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 19) WFLYCLINF0002: Started client-mappings cache from ejb container
06:31:32,971 INFO  [javax.enterprise.resource.webcontainer.jsf.config] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 8) Initializing Mojarra 2.2.13.SP4  for context '/codenotfound'
06:31:33,708 INFO  [org.primefaces.webapp.PostConstructApplicationEventListener] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 8) Running on PrimeFaces 6.1
06:31:33,725 INFO  [org.wildfly.extension.undertow] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 8) WFLYUT0021: Registered web context: '/codenotfound' for server 'default-server'
06:31:33,781 INFO  [org.jboss.as.server] (management-handler-thread - 1) WFLYSRV0010: Deployed "jsf-primefaces-wildfly-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.war" (runtime-name : "jsf-primefaces-wildfly-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.war")
06:31:46,918 INFO  [org.hibernate.validator.internal.util.Version] (default task-1) HV000001: Hibernate Validator 5.3.5.Final

Open a web browser and enter following URL: http://localhost:9090/codenotfound/. The below page should be displayed:

jsf primefaces wildfly hello world example

Enter a first and last name and press the Submit button. A pop-up dialog will be shown with a greeting message.

jsf primefaces wildfly hello world example greeting

github mark If you would like to run the above code sample you can get the full source code here.

This concludes the PrimeFaces on WildFly example. If you found this post helpful or have any questions or remarks, please leave a comment.

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