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Java ServletConfig Interface

In this tutorial, we will discuss about ServletConfig Interface.

Java ServletConfig Interface

In this tutorial, we will discuss about ServletConfig Interface.

ServletConfig Interface :

The servlet container uses a ServletConfig object to pass initialization information to the servlet. In general it is used to read the initialization parameters so whenever server wants to pass initialization data to a servlet, it creates a class which implements this interface.

This interface has following four methods -

  • getInitParameter(java.lang.String name) : It returns String holding value of the named initialization parameter. If parameter doesn't exist, it will return null.
  • getInitParameterNames() :  This method returns enumeration of String objects of all initialization parameter names. If servlet has no initialization parameters then it will return an empty Enumeration.
  • getServletContext() : It returns an object of the ServletContext in which the caller is executing.
  • getServletName() : It returns the name of the servlet instance.

Example :

import javax.servlet.*;
import javax.servlet.http.*;

public class ServletConfigExample extends HttpServlet {
	int counter;

	public void init() throws ServletException {
		String initValue = getServletConfig().getInitParameter("count");
		counter = Integer.parseInt(initValue);

	protected void doGet(HttpServletRequest request,
			HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {
		PrintWriter out = response.getWriter();
		out.println("You accessed this servlet " + counter + " times");

web.xml -

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<web-app xmlns:xsi="" xmlns="" xmlns:web="" xsi:schemaLocation="" id="WebApp_ID" version="2.5">



Output :


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