Servlet Plugin Module

Purpose of this Module Type

Servlet plugin modules enable you to deploy Java servlets as a part of your plugins.


The root element for the Servlet plugin module is servlet. It allows the following attributes and child elements for configuration:


Name class
Required Yes
Description The servlet Java class. Must be a subclass of javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet. See the plugin framework guide to creating plugin module instances.

Name state
Description Indicate whether the plugin module should be disabled by default (value='disabled') or enabled by default (value='enabled').
Default  enabled

Name i18n-name-key
Description The localisation key for the human-readable name of the plugin module.

Name key
Required Yes
Description The unique identifier of the plugin module. You refer to this key to use the resource from other contexts in your plugin, such as from the plugin Java code or JavaScript resources.
<component-import key="appProps" interface="com.atlassian.sal.api.ApplicationProperties"/>

In the example, appProps is the key for this particular module declaration, for component-import, in this case.

I.e. the identifier of the servlet.
Default N/A

Name name
Description The human-readable name of the plugin module. I.e. the human-readable name of the servlet.
Default The plugin key.

Name system
Description Indicates whether this plugin module is a system plugin module (value='true') or not (value='false'). Only available for non-OSGi plugins.
Default false


Name description
Description The description of the plugin module. The 'key' attribute can be specified to declare a localisation key for the value instead of text in the element body. I.e. the description of the servlet.

Name init-param
Description Initialisation parameters for the servlet, specified using param-name and param-value sub-elements, just as in web.xml. This element and its child elements may be repeated.
Default N/A

Name resource
Description A resource for this plugin module. This element may be repeated. A 'resource' is a non-Java file that a plugin may need in order to operate. Refer to Adding Resources to your Project for details on defining a resource.
Default N/A

Name url-pattern
Required Yes
Description The pattern of the URL to match. This element may be repeated.

The URL pattern format is used in Atlassian plugin types to map them to URLs. On the whole, the pattern rules are consistent with those defined in the Servlet 2.3 API. The following wildcards are supported:

  • * matches zero or many characters, including directory slashes
  • ? matches zero or one character
  • /mydir/* matches /mydir/myfile.xml
  • /*/admin/*.??ml matches /mydir/otherdir/admin/myfile.html
Default N/A


Here is an example atlassian-plugin.xml file containing a single servlet:

<atlassian-plugin name="Hello World Servlet" key="example.plugin.helloworld" plugins-version="2">
        <description>A basic Servlet module test - says "Hello World!</description>
        <vendor name="Atlassian Software Systems" url=""/>

    <servlet name="Hello World Servlet" key="helloWorld" class="com.example.myplugins.helloworld.HelloWorldServlet">
        <description>Says Hello World, Australia or your name.</description>

Accessing your Servlet

Your servlet will be accessible within the Atlassian web application via each url-pattern you specify, beneath the /plugins/servlet parent path.

For example, if you specify a url-pattern of /helloworld as above, and your Atlassian application was deployed at http://yourserver/jira — then your servlet would be accessed at http://yourserver/jira/plugins/servlet/helloworld .


Some information to be aware of when developing or configuring a Servlet plugin module:

  • Your servlet's init() method will not be called on web application startup, as for a normal servlet. Instead, this method will be called the first time your servlet is accessed after each time it is enabled. This means that if you disable a plugin containing a servlet, or a single servlet module, and re-enable it again, the servlet is re-instantiated and its init() method will be called again.
  • Because all servlet modules are deployed beneath a common /plugins/servlet root, be careful when choosing each url-pattern under which your servlet is deployed. It is recommended to use a value that will always be unique to the world!


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