Jetty/Tutorial/Jetty-OSGi SDK

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Jetty-OSGi is a packaging of jetty where jetty is run as an OSGi bundle. It supports the deployment of traditional J2EE web-applications and also web-bundles where the web application is contained in a bundle.

This tutorial introduces the development and testing of web-bundles in PDE.

Configure a Target Platform and run a simple Test Unit with PDE

We will provision a new Target Platform and develop a simple bundle that executes a Testunit. A Target Platform defines the OSGi environment in which your bundles are compiled and debugged.

Target Platform with JUnit Support

Launch Eclipse-SDK-3.6. Define a new Target Platform "EclipseRT-Tutorial" Open the Preferences and choose the node "Plugins-Development/Target Platform" Click on "Add..." and choose the option "Nothing:" start with an empty Target Platform"

Create a new OSGi Project
  • Name the Target Platform "EclipseRT Tutorial"
  • Click on Next and choose "Add..." then "Select Software Site"
Name it
  • Select the "Helios" download site as the source of the features to install in the Target Platform
  • Look for the category "Eclipse RT Target Platform" and select the PDE JUnit Support feature. Click on Finish.

(Currently use:

Select the JUnit Support Feature

  • Select the new Target Platform as the active platform.
Activate the Target Platform

OSGi bundle with a test unit

  • Create a new OSGI Bundle project: "New Project.../Plugin-Project"
  • Name the project "org.eclipse.jetty.rt.example.test"
  • Choose a pure OSGi bundle.
Activate the Target Platform

  • Generate a bundle activator.
  • Click on Finish.
Activate the Target Platform

  • Open the META-INF/MANIFEST.MF editor and on the tab "Overview, select the checkbox "Activate this plugin when one of its classes is loaded"
Lazy Activation policy

  • Open the META-INF/MANIFEST.MF editor and choose the tab "dependencies"
  • In the "Imported packages" section, click on "Add..." and select the package "org.junit"
Lazy Activation policy

  • Create a new class ActivatorTest
  • Make a method that will be run by JUnit to test that the activator is started:
package org.eclipse.jetty.rt.example.test;
import org.junit.Assert;
import org.junit.Test;
 * Tests that the activator was indeed loaded
public class ActivatorTest {
	@Test public void testActivator() throws Exception {
		Assert.assertNotNull("The activator was not started", Activator.getContext());
  • Right-click on the Activator-Test Class and choose "Run as .../JUnit Plugin Test"
  • The test should pass
Lazy Activation policy

Archive for this project

Setup Jetty and a first Web-bundle

Setup Jetty Target Component

  • Choose Preferences and Edit the "EclipseRT Tutorial" target platform definition
  • Select the Helios site and choose "Edit"
  • Add the "Jetty Target Component" feature to the list of features provisioned
Lazy Activation policy

Optional: install Jetty tooling

The Jetty tooling feature contains 2 templates for Pluin projects that make it easy to get started developing web-bundles.

Create a first web-bundle

Create a new OSGi bundle. Make sure it is not an eclipse plugin. Name it "org.eclipse.jetty.example.webapp"

If you have installed the Jetty tooling feature, click next until you can choose a template. Everything will be generated.

If you are creating the bundle with the jetty template you will need to add to the MANIFEST.MF:

  • The import-package:
    Import-Package: javax.servlet;version="2.5.0",
  • A new line that defines the context path for the web-application:
    Web-ContextPath: /test

It should look like this:

Manifest-Version: 1.0
Bundle-ManifestVersion: 2
Bundle-Name: Webapp
Bundle-SymbolicName: org.eclipse.jetty.example.webapp
Bundle-Version: 1.0.0.qualifier
Bundle-Activator: org.eclipse.jetty.example.webapp.Activator
Import-Package: org.osgi.framework;version="1.3.0",
Bundle-RequiredExecutionEnvironment: JavaSE-1.6
Web-ContextPath: /test
  • Now create a new file WEB-INF/web.xml at the root of the project.

And define a simple servlet-mapping:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
   <display-name>Hello Webapp</display-name>
  • Create a org.eclipse.jetty.example.webapp.Servlet class
package org.eclipse.jetty.example.webapp;
import javax.servlet.ServletConfig;
import javax.servlet.ServletException;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;
/** A simple servlet */
public class Servlet extends HttpServlet {
	private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;
	public void init(ServletConfig config) throws ServletException {
		System.err.println("Initializing the servlet");;
	protected void doGet(HttpServletRequest req, HttpServletResponse resp)
			throws ServletException, IOException {
		System.err.println("DO GET!");

Launch configuration

slf4j/logback are bundled by default. Some extra steps are necessary to prevent all logs from appearing on the console.

Create a new file logback.xml at the root of the web-bundle project and paste this configuration:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
	<appender name="STDOUT" class="ch.qos.logback.core.ConsoleAppender">
			<pattern>%-4relative [%thread] %-5level %class - %msg%n</pattern>
		<level value="error" />
		<appender-ref ref="STDOUT" />

Now Create a new OSGi launch configuration: Select the menu "Run/Run Configuration..." and choose the node "OSGi". Create a new configuration; choose the "Arguments" tab and add to the VM arguments area:


Now click on "Run".

Open a browser and navigate to http://localhost:8080/test It will display "Howdy"

Additional Resources

Jetty-OSGi, RFC66, PDE We are working on migrating all building an update site and executing the build on eclipse with the rest of the jetty@eclipse project. In the mean time, the latest code is here: [